My State Of Mind

This is the point in the week where I usually hand out some game balls, but that will not be taking place this week. For starters I was at the Yankees game and my phone had died. I never saw this game and I doubt if I will review it now knowing what happened. I can’t put my self through that type of torture right now.

I will say this though, when I found out we had lost our 24 point lead. I got up out of my seat and walked away from my friends casually and began puking all over the corner of the bleachers. The outcome of that game literally made me sick.

Instead of handing out game balls, I will be just discussing what is on my mind in Cowboys Nation right now.

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The Tony Romo Issue

Really don’t know where to even start here, so let’s start off two weeks ago. I wrote an article on Romo and his mistakes. I said they were stupid and reckless decisions. Now against the Lions we see the same thing from Romo once again.

The true problem with Romo has become trust and consistency. Right now Romo is far too inconsistent and the fan base, possibly the Cowboys, are beginning to lose trust in Romo. The problem is the guy plays great football for basically the entire game. But then come the 2-3 reckless and scrub decisions we are unfortunately getting accustomed to. How a guy can play so well for 95 percent of the game and then play like a scrub for the other 5 percent is mind boggling to me, it always will be.

Truly the most irritating part of this whole ordeal is that Tony Romo is not a rookie or young quarterback. The type of mistakes he is making is rookie and young quarterback type stuff. Romo has been in this league far too long to be making reckless and stupid decisions like that in football games. Romo should be learning from his mistakes, but does anyone feel he is actually improving in that area?

In 2009 he totally improved on his decision making. Romo took what was there and at the same time took shots down the field. On two of those interceptions yesterday, Romo had John Phillips as the check down. Instead of taking the 5-6 yards and playing another play, Romo just chucked it up there, with awful footwork, falling off his back foot.

Romo got played twice now on comeback interceptions he has thrown. The Jets did it and was a huge play in the game. The Lions did their homework on Romo and did it yesterday. Good old Barbie Carpenter returned it for a pick six. Same type of play, same type of result. Romo is not getting better at making decisions. Don’t believe me? That’s fine, than you will believe Raf right? http://www.cowboysnation.com/2011/10/learning-to-live-with-romo.html

Overall this is the major area I want to harp on. Romo is still not learning from his mistakes and still makes 2-3 reckless scrub plays that costs his team the game. I just don’t understand the big deal Romo. Is it that hard to not play like a scrub? One Week Romo looks like Tony Romo and the next week he looks like Jake Delhomme.The inconsistency is driving me nuts and he needs to be more consistent.

Look I know people will defend Romo but I don’t want to hear the stats anymore. This is why stats are overrated. Romo is a great stat guy, hey I have won 2 fantasy titles because of him, but this is the real world. I don’t care anymore if Romo has better stats than Joe Montana or Tom Brady. When your talking to someone and all you got is stats “but but Romo has this stat and that stat!”, you look lame. Trust me I use to do the same thing with my friends but I refuse to do it anymore. The stat defense is getting old folks, its time to start seeing big plays in big games type of defense method for Romo. All Romo has to do is cut out the stupid reckless decisions, that’s the only lapse in his game, but it’s huge one. It needs to stop Tony, come on man your better than that!

Romo is a good quarterback bordering on great. If he continues to make these type of decisions he will never be great and I have to admit he is going to have a short leash if he continues to play like that throughout the season. That leads us into the future.

What do the Cowboys do in the offseason?

I wish I had an easy answer or a nice slick response for everyone, but I don’t. Obviously Romo is the quarterback this year, that’s a no brainer because he still gives us the best chance to win games. But his ability to meltdown at any given time during the game is the exact reason we need to look for the next starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

This is a deep QB draft class and I say now is the year to go out and get a guy Jason Garrett wants to groom. Stephen McGee is a nice option to have, but I want a stud quarterback. It even doesn’t have to be the first round, but we need to draft a quarterback, the time is now. I happen to like Ryan Tannenhill and if you drafted him you could bench him for a year, let him learn from Romo. Also it adds competition to the job, something maybe Romo truly needs now.

Really Romo could be gone by next year, I am serious. I don’t know if I would get rid of him that soon but if he continues this inconsistency we are seeing the front office will have to consider that option. This leads me into something I didn’t like seeing when I got home wet, soaked and cold last night. The first video I saw was the one with Romo throwing a tamper tantrum after Jerry patted him on the back on the sideline. Look, we all know Jerry Jones is a dork who annoys us all, but the guy defends you Romo every single time, no matter what. So that is how you repay the guy who has done nothing but nice things for you? The guy who made this team more oriented towards yourself? That was classless Romo, I am just going to keep it real with everyone here. What Romo did was not smart. The entire nation saw what he did and Jerry was probably more upset than mad when he found out.

It’s just not a wise move showing up the one guy who runs everything and that one guy has happened to have your back through all the ups and downs. Romo is a better person than that, it was shocking to see that from a guy like Romo.

Romo needs to get his act together. This guy tears teams up basically the entire game and gives it away a couple of reckless plays. It needs to stop, it’s not funny anymore. This team is far from done and we need to start winning games on a roll. We should be 4-0 or 3-1 right now, in those two losses Romo was a major factor in losing those games. I am tired of seeing the apoligies after the game from Tony. I am tired of seeing Romo throwing temper tantrums and hissy fits. I am tired of Romo putting his head down and walking off the field.

This needs to stop Romo, step your game up because you are so much better than that. Our success hinges on what direction you take.

Dez Bryant Legend Is Growing

Dez is my favorite football player for a reason and he continues to show it. The kid is a flat out stud that is going to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in just his second season. Dez isn’t healthy right now and it’s showing, so the bye week is a great thing for us right now. Dez and Miles get back to 100% and we have the two best pairing of wide receivers in the NFL. I am serious, nobody is better than that pairing right now.

I know Dez is injured and that is taking it’s toll on his second half play, but Dez is not being used properly in this offense. Dez is a big play threat every single time he gets a target. Look at all of his touchdowns this season, they are all fades, jump balls or backshoulders down the field. We need to get him more of those opportunities because I know they will lead to big plays.

When Dez goes up for the ball he gets it almost every time. It amazes me how he is still getting single coverage. We need to use Dez more, there is no way around it. Use him like Vincent Jackson and Megatron, seems to work out well for their teams right?

Felix Jones? What The Hell Are You Doing?

When I finally saw this play I got really angry. It looked like to me anyway, that he quit on the play and the game. Now I love Felix Jones, I think he is a great running back with break away ability on any play. But what I saw yesterday was flat out disrespectful to the Cowboys and their fans. You don’t run out of bounds there Felix, do you even know situational football? Down? Distance? Time? Score?

Once again mental mistakes, which I call stupid football, is tearing us up in key places of football games. Maybe we should go out and draft a stud running back or sign one in free agency. We need a closer, not a Marion Barber type of closer I mean a guy who actually finishes games. Look around the league, look at some of the running backs we passed on. If we had a real stud running back who is good enough to just give him the rock and put in work, we would be closing games out a lot easier.

I know it’s only one play, but I have seen far too much stupid play. Maybe we have some stupid football players and when the time comes to get rid of them, maybe we should take advantage of it and get rid of them. Bring in a smart stud running back who can move the chains and feed him the rock late into games.

When I see something like that I cannot help but think about upgrading the RB position next year. I am not writing off Felix just yet, but he really is on the hot seat now in my book. There are going to be closer/feature type backs available next years draft. Nobodies job is safe anymore, and that is the way it should be.

Dan Bailey Is For REAL

How David Buehler is still on this team is another hot topic for me. I had a good feeling about Dan Bailey in training camp and I am so happy to see this kid work out well for us. We have finally found our kicker of the present and future. Buehler is wasting a roster spot, there is no real use for him when we could add another position of need. Thank god for you Dan Bailey, now if we can only limit ourselves from ruining you, then releasing you and then seeing you kick for another team. Now that is truly the trick to the trade here.

The Defense

Rob Ryan has done a tremendous job of installing a new system in limited time and the results are starting to pay off big. This defense is a totally different unit than the Wade Phillips led group in 2010. Everyone should love what Rob has done for this defense and they get better every week. For me that is the best part of the defense, knowing that they will improve each game. This defense could be really good by December, crunch time.

We all know how good Sean Lee has been (besides yesterday), but one player I want to recognize is Gerald Sensabaugh. Many of you know my distaste for Sensi, but he is making me eat my words and I am loving it. I am right about so many things in football, but I also am wrong quite a bit. I love nothing more when a player proves me wrong. So far, so good for Sensi.

Sensabaugh really has been fantastic in the first four games of the season. Some players just thrive under a new coaches system and style, this is obviously evident in Gerald Sensabaugh this season. Look at how important he truly is to the defense now. Once he left the game with a concussion, the Cowboys defense lost their quarterback back there. Sensabaugh was vital in deep coverage and covering Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew. After Sensi was replaced with Barry Church, the Lions passing game came to life. Megatron was making big plays and Pettigrew took Church to church in the second half.

I am glad that Sensabaugh is finally playing up to his level and I can’t wait for him to get back to us healthy. What a season he has had so far, keep it up Gerald, keep up the good work.

Perfect Time For A Bye

When the schedule was first released I was a tad bit disappointed by the bye week so early into the season. With all the injuries we have right now this bye week is perfect. We could possibly be entering our game with the Patriots at 100% for the first time in a long time.

Romo needs more time to heal, nobody is going to argue that. He can also use that time to get into the film room and work out some kinks. Miles Austin should be close to 100% and we need him badly. If Dez and Miles come back 100%, we will have serious firepower on offense. Felix is another one who is banged up and needs some time to heal.

It’s the same thing with the defense, we need the time to heal up and study in the film room. I truly believe these 2 weeks will be great in preparing for the Patriots. This game eerily reminds me of the Saints game from 2009. The game was a huge swing win and basically was our season. Nobody predicted us to win that game and I see the same thing happening in two weeks.

Getting healthy and using this time to work in the film room is going to be great for us. The coaches should also take advantage of this time in getting this team back on track.

2-2 is a 500 record, we are far from done folks. Things could be so much worse right now and I will give you that it isn’t exactly sunshine and rainbows right now. The thing is, we are still in great shape this season. The bye allows us to get healthy for the first time all season. We can use this time to our advantage, we cannot afford to waste this time. This team is far from done and if we win this Patriots game we can get on a roll. Our remaining schedule looks fairly winnable. There are a bunch of games we should win easily and there are some real tough ones.

The worst part so far for me is being 2-2 due to the losses we had. We should easily be 4-0 or 3-1, if Romo doesn’t play like a scrub in those areas of the game who knows what happens. It’s time to move on once again and look forward to the great unknown. But the season isn’t over, the sky isn’t falling just yet. Have faith Cowboys Nation and maybe we turn this thing around……………………yet again.

Ndamukong Suh: Class Act

Suh gets the dirty player label, but I don’t think he is dirty. I believe he is a violent player and there is a difference between being dirty and violent. Suh has class and plays the game like a throwback player from the 50′s, people should respect that.

Check out this interview, he is very humble and soft spoken. He doesn’t brag about wanting to hurt Romo and go after his ribs. This is why people like DeAngelo Hall are classless dirtbags and people like Suh are class acts. I like the way Suh handles his business on and off the field. On the field he is a psychopath, off it he is one of the best character players in the league. That’s just how the great do it, they find a way to channel their energy and emotion during games and when the game ends they go back to being a normal person. That is exactly how Suh operates. Dez needs to do a better job and learn how to channel his passion. Look at how Suh does it, if Dez could channel it like Suh, Dez will be unstoppable.

Suh needs to be double teamed, no way around that. You either need two OL taking him out or use a FB/TE/RB to chip him and give Romo a safety blanket. Yes the Lions have Cliff Avril, Vaden Bosch and Corey Williams, and they all make up the best front four in football, but Suh is the dangerous one who can end your QB’s season. Last year Suh embarrassed Leonard Davis and almost won the game by himself on defense for the Lions. We must contain Suh or Romo will get knocked out of this game.

Please check this interview out, listen to Suh and how soft spoken he is for being a lion on the field. Amazing young man and I wish him nothing but the best of luck in his career. He is a hall of fame caliber player and I can say that in his 2nd season because you can just spot the talent he has. He is going to be the next Reggie White, that’s who he reminds me of. I haven’t seen such a dominant defensive lineman like that since Reggie White. We really gotta respect this Lions franchise, they are doing a great job rebuilding after years of terrible decisions made by their front office. They have the stud WR (Megatron) the playmaking RB (Best) and the QB (Stafford). Their big 3 are very similar to how the Cowboys acquired our big 3 back in the 90′s. They have two huge pieces on defense and a great young LB in Tulloch. If this team gets an offensive line and secondary help, especially corners, watch out.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/video/?va_id=2886722&pl_id=21443&ref=synd

Game Balls: Redskins vs Cowboys

Hate week is a special time of year where some of the oldest rivalries in the NFL shape up into good old fashioned physical football games. I called into DCFanatic’s radio show last week hoping to get a chance to speak with him and my personal cult hero Raf. DC didn’t realize I had called in and said he would make it up to me this week. I really wanted to harp on the importance of hate week and how ugly this game could get. Fortunately both of my esteemed counterparts realize the importance of hate week and both predicted a tough football game.

Most of us realized how tough that game was going to be and expected a close game. If you would have told me before the game Dan Bailey would kick six field goals, I would have said your probably spot on about that prediction. It’s just the type of game we see when we play the Redskins. They are a team that always plays up to our level and make it a physical football game where every point counts.

As always I will be highlighting individual performances, but I want to point out the defense. During the preseason I was not overly impressed with this unit as a whole, but as the regular season progresses I am beginning to see the value of Rob Ryan. In theory, I think this is going to be a unit that improves each week. The shortened offseason is a big reason for this. Ryan and company had limited time to install the defense during the lockout. Now we are beginning to see a more unified defense, we are seeing a defense playing as one, instead of 11 guys running around out there for themselves we are seeing selfless play.

You have to credit Ryan for taking some pieces that aren’t exactly top notch and putting them into places where they can succeed. Ryan is also putting our good players into opportunities where they can succeed and have a strategical edge themselves. This was something Wade Phillips never fully accomplished as the leader of this defense. Can anyone actually say with a straight face that Wade gave our players an edge strategically? This is why Rob Ryan is a great coach, he puts his players in places where they have a strategical edge and a chance to succeed.

This defense is beginning to gel and come together. After years of not having faith in our defense to get the opposing team off the field in key situations, we are stepping up and making big plays when they are needed in key segments of the game. This defense was a HUGE factor in the last two wins, and even during week one where we should have won. They are stuffing the run like we did in 2009 and are not letting up the big passing plays that absolutely killed us last year. Credit Rob Ryan, but also credit the players. They have totally bought into the scheme and are giving maximum effort.

Okay now that I have bashed Wade Phillips for the week, let us move on and hand out some game balls. Without further delay, here is the original game ball series.

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Tony Romo

Tony Romo’s performance last night is exactly why I am not a big fan of stats, except for in fantasy football. Romo finished with a QB rating of 70.9, while his counterpart Rex Grossman finished with a QB rating of 77.5. Now tell me who had the better game? Rex Grossman or Tony Romo? It’s clearly obvious who had the better football game and the guy with the lower QB rating led his team to victory. Romo finished the game 22-36, completing 61 percent of his passes and threw for 255 yards. Romo’s streak of throwing for a TD ended last night and threw one interception, but I will credit that pick to Kevin Ogletree.

On a side note, Kevin Ogletree needs to do a better job there. He didn’t hustle and he quit on his route. That isn’t the Cowboy Way or the RKG, not one bit. Personally I am done with Ogletree and I am giving up on him. He is far too inconsistent and his lack of emotional drive is not my cup of tea. I begged for a veteran wide receiver to be signed over the summer, I suggested Derek Mason as an option because of his route running and professionalism on the field. I still cannot believe this organization trusted Kevin Ogletree as their #3 WR. I am moving on from Ogletree, he will never be what some of us though he could be.

Moving back to Tony Romo, I want to point out his leadership last night. Now I have seen Tony do sideline coaching for a few years now, but it’s something the MNF crew is just picking up. Romo is constantly involved with his offensive lineman, running backs and wide receivers on the sideline. Even last year when he could have been at home relaxing it up, he was one the sidelines with a clipboard and headset. There was even a bit of coaching on the field, another tactic Romo has been doing for a few years but again it’s just being pointed out by the MNF crew.

Being a leader isn’t necessarily yelling and screaming at people. That is the exact point I made about Bill Cowher and how people wanted him. Yelling and screaming doesn’t make you a leader, yes I wanted to see more emotion out of Wade Phillips, but screaming at a player doesn’t garner leadership in my eyes. Romo may get loud with a player like Phil Costa, but he won’t dismantle the man and scream at him excessively to the point where Costa looks like a child.

Romo has been the only offensive player, sometimes THE only player keeping the Cowboys in games for a long time now. Romo’s leadership and ability on the field last night basically won this team the game. He managed to keep his composure under constant pressure from the Redskins on full out blitzes, sloppy route running by our wide receivers and the mishaps of second year wonder boy Phil Costa. That is what impressed me most about his performance last night. Romo wasn’t crisp and precise by any means over the full course of the game, but when we needed a play he made it count.

The Cowboys managed to come out of this football game with a victory and kept Romo pretty clean. The Redskins only had 1 sack and 4 QB hits. Romo survives and leads the Cowboys to a huge win on Monday night over a division rival. If that doesn’t garner a game ball, than I don’t know what will. All across the nation Romo haters are eating more crow by the week, man this is great. Keep up the good work Tony.

Felix Jones

Felix Jones deserves a game ball in my book because he finally managed to get some big plays going last night. During the preseason I thought Felix was well on his way to a breakout year, maybe he still will have one, but for the first two weeks it didn’t look good. Granted his first two performances came against top 3-4 defenses, but Felix didn’t look like the same player I saw in the preseason tearing teams up. Keeping in mind Felix entered the game with a separated shoulder, I really wasn’t expecting much from him.

The problem I have with people bashing Felix this year is mainly because of the fact that the offensive line is not doing their job in the run game. The shift towards the smaller and athletic lineman has not paid dividends in the run game until last night. We are not seeing the plays I thought we would see under a more athletic offensive line. Where are the plays where we get our athletic guys out on the run down the field? Where are these screen plays we all thought were going to be a focal point of the offense this year? I saw more of those types of plays last night, but we are still not executing or implementing them enough for my taste.

A truly underrated aspect of Felix’s game is the ability to run in between the guards and earn the tough yards. Everyone raves about Felix’s ability to get on the outside and cut up field, but people rarely mention his ability up the middle. I have noticed that Felix can work in between the guards and push forward, maintaining the fight to push forward for extra yardage.

The area where I have been critical of Jason Garrett’s play calling has been in the second half of games. I don’t have the stats in front of me and I don’t need them either. Our run game really isn’t all that effective in the first half of the games so far, but as the game wears on, the run game becomes more effective. Felix finally busted off a run longer than ten yards for the first time this season with two runs of 29 and 40 yards. In the fourth quarter we need to stay committed to the run game because it is working. Felix was earning his money in the second half and was finally starting to wear down the Redskins defense.

Felix had a great game on the box score finishing with 14 carries for 115 yards, that’s 8.2 yards per carry folks. That is exactly the type of Felix we came to love in 2009 and parts of 2010. He has the ability to average big chunks of yards and take a play 30-40 yards with ease. Felix was also productive in the pass game finishing with 3 catches for 40 yards. Felix’s two big runs of 29 and 40 yards and his big catch went for 27 yards. Felix can lead this league with plays over 20 yards folks, we just need to get him some space and holes by our blockers.

For being so “soft”, Felix looked pretty tough. Here is your game ball Felix the Cat, enjoy it because it was well earned.

Tyron Smith

I am going to keep this one short and simple. As many of you know, I promoted and pushed this kid hard during the long cold months of the winter leading into the draft in April. I pushed hard for a reason, Tyron has the skills to become one of the best offensive lineman in the NFL. Now I don’t care if you say he is just a right tackle, this kid goes against top pass rushers and is getting no help. The Cowboys trust him one on one and so far so good.

Tyron is simply doing his job and doing a great job doing it. The pressure isn’t coming from the right side, it’s coming from the left side. This kid is just the complete package and it’s scary to think he is just 20 years old. He continues to get better and improve each game. I have seen only one penalty called on #77 this year, a false start. If he can continue to play like this, he should be mentioned for Rookie Of The Year. Of course he won’t come close to winning that because he is a Dallas Cowboy and a offensive lineman.

Marc Columbo was hot garbage last year, and that’s being nice. I love Tyron Smith, there I said it. I have a man crush on this dinosaur because he is the real deal. He is getting a game ball from me and I would give him one every week because that is just how good this 20 year old rookie has been. He was too small right? He was too much of a project right? USC offensive lineman suck right? He was too young right? Yeah that’s what I thought, all you TRON haters go hide in your holes, straight up. He has been our best offensive lineman and it wouldn’t shock me to say he WILL be our best offensive lineman this year. When you see talent, you see talent and that’s just how it is.

Sean Lee

The game ball weekly series might as well be called the Sean Lee man love fan post. How seriously good is this kid? He had another huge game and filled the box score up with 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 tackle for loss and 2 pass deflections. His 31 tackles are good for 2nd in the NFL and his partner in crime from Penn State NaVorro Bowman has 30 tackles just behind him. Looks like Linebacker U is officially back to producing linebackers again.

At halftime I went to the Cowboys official website and ordered my authentic white Sean Lee jersey. I was tempted to get the throwback, but the white jersey is pretty fresh too. That is how much I am in love with how this kid is playing. All the hard work Sean put into the offseason is paying off. The long hard hours in the weight room by himself is the exact reason towards his success in shedding off blockers with ease. He is blowing up plays in the backfield on the regular, like it’s too easy for him. He is flying around the field and is becoming a true sideline to sideline player. Not bad for a kid who wasn’t “athletic” enough for some Cowboys fans on here.

I won’t take credit for predicting a breakout season from Lee, because many predicted a breakout season for him. If you watched him play in college or watched him towards the end of last season you could just tell. Sometimes it’s ridiculously easy to spot stud talent, just like the case with Tyron Smith. Their play on tape just jumps off the screen and if you don’t see it, then you just don’t have the eye.

You know what amazes me even more? It’s how Wade Phillips obviously loved this kid in the war room and drafted him. Wade always had a major input on the defensive players drafted here under his reign. But how does this man come out and say Sean Lee isn’t a nickel linebacker last year? This kid is absolutely amazing in pass coverage, he has the speed, but he has the instincts of a good safety in my opinion. He just understands routes and what the quarterback is going to do. Not everyone is blessed with that gift, it’s a sixth sense in many ways.

His fumble recovery on Anthony Spencer’s strip sack to seal the game epitomizes the work Lee put in over the summer. Watch that play again and see how fast he gets to that ball. Nobody and I mean NOBODY was beating him to that ball last night. Man Sean Lee is becoming a star overnight.

I really could go on for 2,000 words about how good Sean Lee is becoming, but let’s end it here. Another game, another game ball for Lee. If you want to go back and look at what was said about Sean Lee during draft time on here in 2010, I posted the links below. Terry is not only a Romo fan, but a huge Sean Lee fan and I found that to be very cool that Terry was behind Lee since day one. I have supported Lee since day one myself, kudos to Terry for standing tall.

http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2010/4/23/1440281/2010-nfl-draft-the-dallas-cowboys

http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2010/4/26/1445204/cowboys-draft-2010-sean-lee

DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer

One of the most important pieces of the 3-4 defense is your outside linebackers. Rob Ryan made that clear when he came to Dallas. You cannot win football games if you don’t get pressure from your outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense and so far BOTH of our guys have been bringing it.

DeMarcus Ware was a monster once again last night racking up another sack to his league leading 5 sacks. Once again we saw Ware lined up all over the field, too bad Wade didn’t use that theory. Wade’s theory was DeMarcus was so good, he didn’t have to line him up anywhere else. In Rob Ryan’s scheme, he puts Ware all over the field to create mismatches for Ware. This would be my theory of putting your players in a place to succeed.

Ware was held all night long and I am not one to complain about not getting calls because frankly I am used to it. I honestly believe we don’t get calls because of who we are, the Dallas Cowboys. But last night was absurd and over the line. Ware was being tackles, tripped and held all night long. It just goes to show you how good he is and certifies many of our belief in Ware truly being the best defensive player in the NFL.

Now while Ware was doing the best he could, his counterpart the Ware Wolfe Anthony Spencer was putting in work too. Spencer appears to be the player we saw in 2009 again and is generating pressure again. The best part about his game for me is his ability to set the contain in the run game and not get overextended. I just see a different Anthony Spencer this year and that’s a good thing folks.

Both of our Ware Wolves are playing at a high level. Ware leads the league in sacks and Spencer is just behind him with 3 sacks. I won’t call out any names specifically here, but if your interested in where the other 3-4 outside linebackers are ranked, then check the link out.  http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=0&statisticCategory=SACKS&conference=null&season=2011&seasonType=REG

Both of these guys deserve game balls. Ware owned the night and Spencer finished the night with a Ware like strip sack. Congratulations boys, please keep it up because the Ware Wolves are on pace to lead the league in the representation of the best 3-4 linebackers in football again. Move over Steelers, Redskins and Ravens!

Dan Bailey

Buehler? Buehler? Buehler? Has anyone seen David Buehler? Oh we did Coach Garrett, he called in sick today. Buehler called in sick and once again Dan Bailey rose to the challenge. I really hyped this kid up during the preseason because of what I saw from him at Oklahoma State. The kid can kick, he is a real kicker. He isn’t one of these gimmicks, COUGH Buehler COUGH, that play another position and just happen to kick. He is a kicker and that is what he will always be. He won’t run 50 yards down the field and make a nice tackle, but he will nail all six kicks, something Buehler may only have nailed 3-4 off.

Bailey went from goat to hero in the matter of a game last week in San Francisco. I rewarded his performance last week for his courage and his rise under pressure. This week was no different. In a game against a bitter division rival, that also happened to be our 2011 home opener, Bailey nailed all six kicks and won us the game with his precision kicking last night. His kickoffs weren’t terrible and nothing developed into a big return for the Redskins special teams unit.

Kicking 6 field goals like that is never easy, especially for a rookie place kicker. But Bailey nailed every single kick last night. 41 yards, good. 27 yards, good. 32 yards, good. 41 yards, good. 23 yards, good. Then with the game on the line, the pressure at it’s peak he nails a 40 yard field goal to put the Cowboys up 2 points with under 2 minutes left to go in the game.

I think we have found our kicker and I am proud to say that. Kicking has been an issue for this team for a long time. Dan Bailey you deserved it kid, keep up this level of play and you will be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time son.

Conclusion

Last night was not a pretty win and that doesn’t mean it is any less of a win or accomplishment. I knew this game was going to be a nail biter that went down to the last possession. You have to remember, this is the NFC East and that is how those type of games usually play out. I believe winning a close and hard fought game like that is just as good as winning a pretty game so to speak. DeAngelo Hall ran his mouth all week, and was burned by our boy Dez Bryant on a key third down conversion. We maintained blocking to the point where Romo didn’t take too many unnecessary shots. Our offense was sloppy, but we are down our biggest playmaker and our second biggest playmaker is only at 70 percent. The offensive line needs to step it up, I am talking to you Doug Free. Seriously what the heck is going on? Are you hurt or something? Because Doug, we all know you are better than that, your a great football player so step it up man.

This defense is starting to gel and click at the right time. Every week this defense as a unit improves and that is great to see development like that after so much heartache during the lockout. Guys are stepping up all over the roster. One guy gets hurt, the next steps up. We are seeing the best safety play in recent memory here. Abram Elam has been a godsend for this defense with his leadership and understanding of the system put in place by Rob Ryan. There haven’t been big plays over the top and the cornerbacks are banged up, but continue to play at a good level. The defensive front seven is getting pressure and our linebackers are making plays. This defense is only going to get better and better of the course of the season. So sit back and enjoy the ride folks.

We have finally found our kicker and that is a huge relief knowing we got a kicker who can come in and nail the kick down the middle.

Everything is looking up at 2-1, tied for the division lead. We should be 3-0 in my opinion, but let’s move on from that game and look towards the future, which looks very bright. Up next is the Lions and that is the only thing we should be focusing on right now. The Lions are a good young team, but we are a better team people. We have too much skill on this team to lose this game. Our offense is good, our defense is good and we have great coaching. Let’s go out there this week, have a great week of practice and film sessions and be prepared for Sunday.

I am so proud of this team right now, man does this feel great.

My Two Rants For The Evening

Enough about Martellus Bennett too, he sucks. Jermichael Finely makes that catch, easy TD. People say Bennett is behind Witten etc etc, but he gets his golden chance and blows it every single time. I wanted to draft Finley that year and the Cowboys drafted Bennett to open up the offense, imagine Finley in Bennett’s role? Keep on defending Bennett, but I am done with that guy. Straight B U S T.

Tashard Choice? What in the hell were you thinking running out of bounds? That is why he will never get reps and because of the fact he looks slower than ever.

Game Balls, Game Recap Coming Later Today

I haven’t been on my grind here and I have been really busy over at BTB. I will post those stories here as well. I really need to get back into full swing on here, I got two new articles coming out later today.

Draft Profile: Billy Winn

After a strictly offensive minded draft this past April, you would imagine the Dallas Cowboys scouting department is spread out across the country scouting the best defensive products out there for our system. The only positions the Cowboys should be looking at on offense is guard and wide receiver, that’s it. We need to have a defensive oriented draft this next April. There are far too many needs on the defensive side of the football to ignore it once again in the draft. It is time to let Rob Ryan take over and have some say on what type of players HE wants for his system.

We all know the secondary will be a focal point of the Cowboys scouting efforts and we already touched that topic in a previous fan post of mine. The next type of prospects we should be looking for are on the defensive line. In this fan post I am going to single out one defensive player who I have grown to like over the past two years. In my upcoming draft specials I will touch on the other defensive lineman we should be targeting.

Whenever Boise State is on the tube I usually tend to pay close attention to their games. Boise State has been producing NFL caliber talent for years now and they always seem to have a talented team with pro ready players. Another reason I keep an close eye on Boise State is due to the fact we landed Orlando Scandrick back in the 2008 draft in the 5th round. Drafting more Boise players wouldn’t be a bad idea according to Wes Bunting, one of my favorite draft guru’s. On his weekly session with Raf, Bunting suggests Cowboys fans pay close attention to what is going on in Boise because their type of defensive players actually fit the type of players we are looking for.

Billy Winn is a name that really came into play for me last year. Many were talking about Ryan Winterswyk, but whenever I watched Boise play I payed more attention to #90, Billy Winn. He would be perfect for our system because he can attack and be disruptive, but still hold up in the run game as well. Wes Bunting made a comment about how teams should move away from the big space eaters that are only good in the run game and move towards the 6’2-6’4 type players that give you more on the pass rush and can still play in the run game.

Let’s take a closer look at Billy Winn and what he would bring to the table for us.

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Billy Winn Boise State

6’3 300

DT/DE

Senior

Billy Winn is from the Las Vegas area, just like our 2011 third round pick DeMarco Murray. Winn entered the Boise State lineup as a redshirt freshman and never looked back. Ever since entering the Boise starting lineup, Winn has become a big time player for the Boise State defense. He moves from defensive tackle over to defensive end throughout the game and is a versatile player. The Cowboys always look for versatility in their players and I think they will really like having the ability to line up Winn all over the field.

During his sophomore season Winn really started to shine bright. He finished the year with 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Winn earned 2nd team All WAC honors in just his sophomore season. During his junior campaign is where he started to garner national attention for his tremendous play on the Boise defense. Winn finished the year with 28 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Winn also earned his second straight 2nd team All Wac honors.

Entering his senior season Winn really was in the spotlight earning a lot of preseason hype. Winn is on the Outland, Lombardi, Nagurski and Benarik watch list this season. I believe he is one of the more underrated defensive players in the nation and is finally starting to see some recognition for his play.

Here is what draft guru Wes Bunting had to say about him during his weekly special with Raf on Cowboys Nation.

Let’s start with Billy Winn, their defensive tackle.  He’s 6’3”, he’s 300 lbs.  He’s got a great get off.  He’s strong in the hands.  He can anchor in the run game.  He can get off blocks.  I think most teams are going to consider him a one-gap, 4-3 defensive tackle.  But I would have said the same thing about Ziggy Hood when he came out.  The Steelers took him at the end of the 1st round and he’s become a really good 5-technique for them.

Plus, on 3rd down he kicks inside and you can 1-gap there.  I know the Cowboys do some of this.  I think Billy Winn is a really intriguing guy for Cowboys fans to watch as a 5-technique.

If anyone has had the opportunity to watch Ziggy Hood play for the Steelers than you would understand my appreciation for Billy Winn and his football skills. We need a defensive end like this simply because we don’t have too many players with this type of talent right now on the defensive line. We need a guy that is disruptive and can get sacks, but at the same time we need this defensive end to hold up in the run game. Billy Winn is the carbon copy of what we are looking for on our defensive line.

So let us take a look at the pro’s Winn possesses

 

  • Great first step and get off, really quick off the line
  • Strong hands
  • Can anchor in the run game
  • Can get off blocks
  • Disruptive and gets into the backfield
  • Strong
  • Quick
  • Experience starting and playing in big games against good competition
  • Productive player ever since he entered the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman
  • Hard worker, aka the RKG
  • Good motor
  • Good body type for the 3-4 defense, thick and built lower body
  • Very versatile player that can play in a variety of spots on the field
  • Three down player, not a one trick pony

 

Honestly he really doesn’t have too many negatives from the games I have seen from him. Regardless I will list some negatives that I know will come up around his name around draft time.

 

  • Needs to continue adding more weight to his frame
  • Can he hold up to the NFL competition?
  • What position will he play? DE or DT?
  • Does he have the size and strength to play in a 3-4?
  • Needs to develop more pass rushing moves
  • What is his real size? I have seen different listings for him on basically every different website that showcases Billy Winn

 

Right now I see Winn as a 2nd-3rd round prospect, but his stock is on the rise. He was on every award and preseason All American watch list that is out there. Boise is also getting the benefit of playing more games on national television, so he will have more exposure to the fans and scouts out there. If Winn has another productive season in Boise, I see no reason why he can’t cement himself as a first round pick. That may be a reach and I honestly hope it is, but Winn is hands down one of the best defensive prospects in the upcoming draft this April.

Winn reminds me a lot of the Jay Ratliff type players the Cowboys search for every year in the draft. I feel that Winn would be a excellent fit for this football team and could make an impact right away. He will have four years of starting experience under his belt and can start right away as a rookie on the defensive line. Good five techniques are hard to find, so I would pounce if Winn is on the board whenever we decide we should take a defensive lineman. Hopefully Winn can fall to the 2nd round, that would be the best place to get a player like Winn.

The Cowboys need to draft for the defense this time around. Jason Garrett had his offensive draft and I liked the players he brought it, but now it is Rob Ryan’s turn to get some of his type of players for his defense. Rob Ryan will love Billy Winn because he is a Rob Ryan type of player. Ryan loves defensive players that are versatile and can be employed in so many different ways. We need help on this defense, we need to add youth and talent. Please let Rob bring in his type of players, that way this defense can reach it’s full potential.

If your like me and love watching college football for scouting players for next April, you will need to tune into any Boise State game that is on. Boise State is a program that is run the right way and is always stock full of talent that is suitable for the draft. Boise State is also a team that is coached very well and you know your going to be getting a smart football player that plays the game the right way. The RKG Garrett is always talking about is now a big part of the draft process and I think Boise has those RKG’s Garrett is looking for.

On the next Draft Special: Josh Chapman NT Alabama

 

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Tony Romo Interview On Inside The NFL

Really great interview right here by Inside The NFL. Warren Sapp was put on the spot and I loved the fact that he really didn’t have too much to say at that moment. I understand Romo was trying to be cautious on that play against the Jets in the redzone, but throw the ball away. I am really TIRED of talking about two plays. Romo admits that the throw at the end of the game was a poor one, he hasn’t said otherwise. He is trying to defend himself on the fumble saying that was the safe play. You know what the safe play is Tony? Throwing the ball out of the endzone and taking the three points.

I am sick and tired of talking about two goddamn plays, let’s move on. Romo is a good quarterback who gives us an opportunity to win every game. Basically Romo is the only thing keeping us in football games right now and that’s real talk people. Good job on the interview Tony, he really is a funny guy.

Cowboys Release CB Bryan McCann

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4683965/cowboys-release-bryan-mccann-2

I am speechless right now and dumbfounded by this move. We released Josh Thomas to keep Bryan McCann and now we release McCann for a WR who will be here a week or two. This front office needs to wake up and smell the Starbucks, McCann will be picked up by the Ravens immediately, I guarantee it. Stupid move.

Game Balls: Cowboys vs 49ers

It has been almost 24 hours since that game has ended, but I am still in a euphoric state. Losing was seriously not an option for this football team yesterday, 0-2 was not going to happen. We all should bask in the performance Tony Romo had yesterday, but this was a team effort. Tony Romo is basically the only player keeping us in the game and is giving us a chance to win any game. While Romo gives us that opportunity, the rest of the team must step up and make plays. I think we saw a classic performance from Tony Romo, but lets not forget about the team here.

This series gives me the opportunity to reward individual performances, but I first want to recognize the entire team. It was ugly in the beginning and I was stressed, but this team found a way to win. The Wade Phillips coached teams of the past would have packed it in after the touchdown to Delanie Walker in the third quarter. Instead this team hung in there and fought. I think this is one major improvement under Jason Garrett that we should recognize.

Without further delay, here is the original Game Ball series.

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Tony Romo

How could we not start off with Tony Romo? I have been watching football for over 20 years and that performance was one of the best I have ever witnessed considering the circumstances that came into play. After a devastating loss to the Jets, we needed to see Romo rebound and perform at a high level. Romo came out firing and had us down in the redzone on our first drive. After some questionable play calling and a no call pass interference/holding penalty on Miles Austin, we were going to settle for the field goal. Dan Bailey missed a 21 yard field goal and that is where things started to get ugly.

After looking back at some of the game yesterday I do see where Romo got hurt. ESPN was reporting last night it was on the third play of the game, a 25 yard completion to BFF Jason Witten. Romo took a pounding right after he released the ball and that is where I think he got hurt. The play where Carlos Rogers had a free hit on Romo later did even more damage to his ribs. Had I known Romo had two fractured ribs, it would have explained why he looked so off. For most of the first quarter he just looked off and the lack of emotion was bothering me. Obviously I know now that the man was in pain, and I do apologize to Mr. Romo for questioning his lack of commitment. He just looked off and now I know why.

After the missed field goal the Cowboys were in a funk and had three straight three and outs. Sometimes you just need a little luck and that is what we got. I have become numb to the fact that the Dallas Cowboys don’t get too many calls, it’s just the way it is. Yesterday we finally got one where the ref flagged Ahmad Brooks (according to ESPN play by-play) for offsides, but I recall it being a neutral zone infraction on Ray McDonald. Anyway the call was a huge play for us. Instead of another three and out, Romo hit Miles on a nice inside move for a 53 yard touchdown. That is where we began to finally get out of that funk we were in.

I was shocked when Romo was not coming back to the game in the second half. Seeing Jon Kitna was not a welcoming sight to my eyes. Kitna did do some good things, but his two interceptions clearly show why he is a backup quarterback. Some still yearn for Romo to be benched for Kitna, or even Stephen McGee who was inactive yesterday, but I am not one of those people.

When I saw Romo running back onto the field I was floored with emotion. A part of me was concerned for his health because I don’t want to see him hurt himself further. Yes this is a game we all love and want to win, but at the end of the day these are people with families. They aren’t gladiators like we all like to believe, these are normal people like us who have to grow old and their bodies take a tremendous beating. I understand they are in immense physical shape, but they are mortal. I really was concerned about his health when he re-entered the game.

The other part of me was just amazed and pumped up. I cannot describe how loud I actually was at that moment watching the game. It was Emmitt Smith like, what Romo did yesterday was epic and I will never forget that moment when he came running onto the field. He just grabbed his helmet, pushed the medical staff and coaches out-of-the-way. Nobody was stopping him from going back onto the field and I mean nobody.

What Romo did yesterday will go down as one of the greatest performances in Cowboys history, if not NFL history. Coming back with broken ribs and leading your team to an epic come from behind win on the road is just stuff made of legends. Romo finished the game 20-33 with a 60 percent completion percentage. He threw for over 345 yards, with 2 touchdowns and a QB rating of 116.4. Not only did he come back after being hurt, he simply aired the 49ers out with precision passing. The best part about it was Romo performed in the fourth quarter, crunch time. I loved how he was talking to Jesse Holley on the sideline telling him how we needed him and how he could do it. That is what leaders do, and Tony Romo is a leader folks.

This is easily the biggest game ball of the season so far and it will be the most memorable game ball I will hand out this year most likely. If I could use one word to describe the feeling I felt yesterday, it would be WOW. Amazing performance from Tony Romo, just amazing. I am enjoying every single ESPN and NFL analyst praising Tony Romo. He deserves it and I hope this week never goes away.

Miles Austin

Miles Austin was nothing short of spectacular yesterday and it just goes to show you how great a player he really is. During the game thread someone had mentioned we needed another Kansas City performance from Miles Austin and he delivered on your wishes. Not having Dez Bryant yesterday did hurt, but Miles stepped up to show that he is the #1 WR of this football team and can carry us.

We should really start using Miles in the slot more often. His inside route running in my opinion is the best in the NFL, or right up there. We needed a big play after the 49ers had just went up 14-0 in the second quarter. Miles runs a nice inside move and smokes the 49ers secondary for a 53 yard touchdown. It was just classic Miles Austin and he put his blazing speed on display that play.

Perhaps the most amazing play of the day was the 25 yard touchdown Miles had in the fourth quarter. Down 24-14 Romo once again led us down the field on a great drive. Romo threw it up for Miles to go get it and Miles reached over the incoming safety to secure the catch. As he is going to the ground, he somehow manages to extend the ball over white line and keep his knee from hitting the ground. Now I don’t know if Miles is a magician on the low, but that was simply amazing. Anyone who says Miles Austin isn’t one of the best wide receivers in the NFL is insane. If anything, Miles is underrated and I am serious. The guy is simply a physical freak who makes big plays.

Miles finished the game with 9 catches, 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. We should all be thankful for having two #1 WR’s and let us pray that Miles can come back soon. Losing him past the bye week would be a huge loss for this football team. Dez Bryant needs to come back to us for the Redskins game, we need you Dez.

Miles is racking up the game balls this year. Purely amazing football by our UDFA WR yet again. Is there a better UDFA QB to WR combination in the history of the NFL? It is pretty amazing when you think about that.

Jesse Holley

Jesse Holley is a player that I have been hard on all preseason. I truly believed that he was a waste of a roster spot because he offered nothing as a wide receiver and was just a special teams guy. We truly saw development and improvement from Holley this preseason as a wide receiver. Throughout the preseason Holley made big catches and continued to improve each game.

Yesterday the injuries had taken their toll and we needed Holley to step up. Moments before we took the field late into the fourth quarter, the cameras caught a brief exchange between Tony Romo and Holley. Romo appeared to have been giving him a motivational talk before we took the field.

Here is how I think the exchange went down

Romo: (gingerly walks up to Holley) Jesse we need you bro, I know you can do this

Holley: Yes sir, I am your man and I got this

Romo: Look I have seen what you can do in practice, this is your time. Take this opportunity and run with it. Look how Miles did the same thing. His opportunity came and he seized the moment, this is YOUR TIME.

Holley: I got you, I got THIS, give me the ball

Romo: Alright, that is exactly what I wanted to hear, now let’s go win this game

We will never know what was exactly said during that moment on the sidelines, but I think it was something similar to those lines. Romo was trying to motivate his guy, and give him confidence. Romo was being a leader there and that is something GREAT quarterbacks do.

Holley was money on that drive. Romo opened that drive and immediately went to Holley for a 11 yard gain. Romo again found Holley for a 8 yard gain right after that. Then in overtime Holley was wide open and Romo hit him in stride for a 77 yard gain that sealed the comeback win.

I don’t want to over hype Holley, but we may have found another Miles Austin. I know that is really absurd to say at this moment, but Holley looks like a playmaker. He has drastically improved his game as a wide receiver and he will see more playing time because of his improvement. With so many injuries to the wide receivers right now, Holley has a big opportunity to seize. We have been looking for that third wide receiver for a long time, maybe it was the guy many of us, including myself, had written off. Enjoy your game ball Holley, it was well deserved my dude.

DeMarcus Ware

Entering the season I was a little concerned about whether DeMarcus Ware could still play at the level he has for the past few years. He just turned 29 this past July and I was a little worried that he may be slowing down. I am glad that I was wrong because Ware looks like he is going to contend for the sack title yet again.

You have to love how Rob Ryan is using Ware in this defense. When you have a franchise player like Ware, you use him as the foundation for your defense. Rob Ryan is implementing Ware all over the field and this is creating matchup nightmares for the offensive line. When you see Ware lined up in the middle of the field you kind of scratch your head. Then you see him on the opposite side of where he usually lines up and then he lines up at his usual spot. It is just really fun to watch Ware lineup all over the place, must be scary stuff for the opposition.

Ware had a second straight 2 sack performance and is on a crazy pace this season. Rob Ryan has simply never had a player of this caliber when he was a defensive coordinator in his previous stops. I am starting to believe that maybe Ware has never had a coach of this caliber either. What these two can do together could be epic and every game I am watching for #94.

Ware is racking up the game balls and I love seeing this freak unleashed.

Sean Lee

The Sean Lee legend continues to grow every week. I could not refrain from hyping this kid up all winter long and I continued to hype him through the summer. Sean Lee is turning out to be everything this team envisioned him to be when they traded up for him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Every time I watch a Cowboys game I see #50 flying around all over the field.

Lee was just a dominant force yesterday against the 49ers. A lot of people said Lee would have problems in a 3-4 defense because he couldn’t get off blocks and be a force in the run game. Well Lee is continuing to prove those critics wrong week after week. Lee finished with 11 total tackles and 2 tackles for loss. He is blowing up blockers and getting into the backfield. Perhaps the most impressive part of his game is his intelligence for being such a young player. He doesn’t over pursue and is just really smart. He seems to have a sixth sense of where the play is going and is there to make a play.

I would love to see him off the special teams unit, but seeing him dirt slam Ted Ginn was pretty awesome. Lee is the starting inside linebacker for the Cowboys, but is also a key player on special teams. That is just amazing to me, simply amazing.

Sean Lee is on pace for a breakout season and is only in his second season in the NFL. We are going to see a lot of great things from this young man in the future. Enjoy your second game ball kid, I have a feeling your going to see plenty more of them throughout your career.

Jason Hatcher

Losing Stephen Bowen appeared to be a huge loss for this team when it happened. We all felt for years that Bowen was the defensive end that was going to breakout at some point and become a focal point of the defensive line. Right now it looks like the guy that is going to breakout is Jason Hatcher, not Bowen. For the second consecutive week Hatcher looked dominant on the defensive line. Maybe after all we were smart in not paying Bowen and resigning Hatcher for a decent price after all.

Hatcher has always been one of our best pass rushing defensive ends. Yesterday he was flat-out dominant and disruptive. Hatcher had 2 sacks and 3 QB hits. He continues to give offensive lineman fits as he uses his speed, strength and size to get into the backfield and get pressure on the quarterback. Hatcher is 29 years old now, maybe he was just a late bloomer after all.

I am rewarding Hatcher with a game ball here because I felt he was a big part of our defensive game plan yesterday. I like how Rob Ryan is using a rotation of defensive ends and this in theory keeps our guys fresh late into the game. If Hatcher can keep this up we should all be really pleased and praise the man for his play. Enjoy your game ball Hatcher, you earned it.

Dan Bailey

So you’re wondering how I could reward the guy that basically almost blew the game for us right? Missing a 21 yard field goal on the opening drive really almost lost us that game. When we were down three points all I could think about was that play. After missing a field goal like that and being money on your next two kicks, I think you deserve some sort of recognition.

Being a kicker in the NFL isn’t an easy job even though we all think it is. Imagine you were Dan Bailey yesterday. You missed a give me 21 yard field goal on the opening drive. That play stays with you the entire game and your replaying it over and over again on the sideline. Tony Romo just gave one of the gutsiest performances in NFL history and coach Garrett walks over to you. He asks you if you can kick this field goal with the game on the line. That has to be extremely nerve-wracking and I give Bailey a ton of credit for not folding under pressure.

As Bailey was coming out onto the field for that 48 yard field goal attempt, my heart was racing. I cannot remember the last time I was so nervous about a football game because 2010 was such a disaster. I had trouble watching the television and really didn’t want to watch the field goal attempt. All I could think of was Bailey blowing this field goal and losing this game. Instead the kid nails the 48 yard field goal, right up the middle. That was a big moment and I was so pumped up after that.

Even after he nailed the previous kick from 48 yards, I was extremely nervous about the 19 yard field goal attempt for the win. He missed a give me 21 yard field goal on the opening drive and the angle of this kick wasn’t exactly perfect. At first I thought he missed it or it got blocked, it just looked funny the way the ball was traveling. Then it went through the uprights and no flags were on the field, we had won the game.

What Bailey did yesterday took a lot of heart and spirit. This is why being a kicker is such a difficult position mentally. You have to forget what you did previously and focus on the present. Bailey by no means is safe on this team at the moment, but he really found his redemption moment yesterday. That is why I am rewarding Dan Bailey with a game ball.

Conclusion

Let us never forget the performance Tony Romo had yesterday, but also don’t forget that this was a team effort. Guys stepped up and made plays on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. I was extremely proud of this defense yesterday because they kept coming up big in key moments and got our offense the ball back.

What an amazing win, I will never forget that game. A win like this is a million times better than a blowout because it was a character win that you carry throughout the season. Yesterday is the exact reason why I love this game so much, it’s a roller coaster ride baby. Be proud of your Dallas Cowboys this week.

How Dallas Gets Its Groove Back

Do you remember a cheesy movie from back in the day called “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”? Well I do, and for some reason it came into my head today. Stella was in a rut, and needed to get her groove back. It turned out that all she needed was a nice island boy oiled up and with a six pack to beat that funk. Stella in football terms, had a blowout.

Can anyone recall the last time the Cowboys actually blew a team out? You would have to go all the way back to January in 2010 when we manhandled the Eagles 24-0. After that blowout we took that motivation into the next week against the Eagles and owned them all over again. This team needs a blowout, not for ESPN, but for themselves to personally get it’s groove back.

The Cowboys are going up against an inferior opponent in the 49ers this Sunday. We should never take a team lightly and continue our one day at a time approach, but we are clearly a better football team. Losing the Jets game isn’t the end of the season. There are still 15 games left to be played and by no means is it panic time. If the Cowboys manged to win that game, we walk away with a big mental edge to start the season off with.

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If you look at the picture above you will see how we had to walk out of that stadium. Even after playing 3 quarters of excellent football against a Super Bowl contender, all it takes is 9 minutes to wipe away that feeling. If we can show up this Sunday in San Francisco with a mentality of blowing the 49ers out, I see no reason why we can’t.

Alex Smith is suspect and I mean suspect. This is one guy who folds under pressure easily and I would love to knock the snot out of this guy for 60 minutes. Our defense clearly looks better than I thought they would be. It was such a relief to see our defense play at such a high level after so much uncertainty entering that game. When you think about it, we played with only two healthy cornerbacks for most of that game. Imagine when we have all of our cornerbacks back? We should improve even more on the defensive side of the ball when we are finally healthy.

Beating up on Alex Smith may not be the answer to all of our problems, but I believe if the defense constantly drives him into the ground and forces turnovers, it will give the defense a mentality to run with for the rest of the season. The defense doesn’t really need to get it’s groove back, but they need to address their identity and facing a quarterback like Alex Smith is the perfect recipe for increasing one’s confidence.

The offense will have a much harder job in this football game opposed to the defense. The 49ers have a talented group on the defensive line. Their linebackers are talented, but young. Patrick Willis is one of the best players in the game, but the rest of their linebackers are fairly young and nowhere near as talented as Willis. The weakest part of their defense has to be the secondary and that is where I would attack them.

Romo clearly played excellent football minus those two plays against the Jets. Romo should have a great game this Sunday against this secondary. I want to see Romo light it up and have a huge game. He has to be a little down after last week and in his interviews you could tell he was upset for letting the team down. So you know what you do Tony? Come out and have a great game. Move past the Jets game, it’s over and there is nothing that can be done now to erase the outcome of that game. What you can do is move forward and show us this Sunday that you are Tony Romo.

What I want to see this Sunday is Romo light this secondary up like the 4th of July. I want to see the precision passing I saw last weekend that gave me goosebumps. All Romo has to do is play smart football and keep his head in the game. Honestly I wouldn’t be shocked to see Romo throw for over 300 yards and 4 TD’s this Sunday. Sometimes a game like that can get a quarterback right back on track. This is the perfect time to blow a team out.

Blowing the 49ers out won’t be an easy task. This is a road game and the 49ers intend on having their fans wear red, so the fans should motivated for this game. I expect another loud crowd this Sunday and once again we need to shut them up early. There were times in the Jets game where we shutdown the crowd element, especially on our opening drive. Start off with another opening drive like that this Sunday and listen to the crowd after that touchdown, all you will hear is crickets.

It has been too long since we have dominated a team and put up a lot of points. I think a lopsided win in our favor will be the fix we are looking for as a team and as fans of this team. It’s not like we are entirely in a funk, but I would like to start off with a bang this season. Knocking the snot out of the 49ers will do this team a lot of good moving forward. I see no reason why we can’t be 3-1 at the bye week, even though we should in reality be 4-0.

Stella got her groove back, I see no reason why the Dallas Cowboys cannot do the same this Sunday in San Francisco. I want to see complete domination in every aspect of the game tomorrow. It’s time to get funky Romo and get our groove back.

Cowboys sign Frank Walker and Tony Fiammetta

Still having trouble getting over Sunday, so that is why I haven’t been on here this week like that. Tomorrow I got some posts coming out about our game Sunday against the Niners, so new material will be coming soon folks.

In other news, the Cowboys signed veteran cornerback Frank Walker and brought back FB Tony Fiammetta. We could use the corner help, but I still see cutting Josh Thomas as a huge mistake. Walker is a solid vet, nothing more, don’t expect much from him. Fiammetta is needed, we need a lead blocker. The Cowboys front office messed up royally with the Fiammetta and Laurent Robinson situation. They signed Robinson, so he was here for the week 1 game. That guaranteed his salary for the season and when they cut him he got his $680,00 check for one weekend with the team. Moves like that always make me question if we really know what the f*** we are doing, seriously.

Nothing else really going on today with the team. A lot of banged up players, hopefully they will be good to go Sunday. Terence Newman probably won’t play, I am really sick of that guy, he should have been replaced in the offseason when we had the chance to replace him with a decent cornerback. Mario Butler is sitting on the PS, wondering when he gets the call up. Cannot believe we cut Josh Thomas, seriously.

Check back tomorrow for new updates and some new articles from me.

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