Iced Over: Giants 37, Cowboys 34

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No, no, no, Dan Bailey!

Scheme has its limits.

The Cowboys learned this the hard way tonight, surrendering two late touchdowns in a see-saw 37-34 loss to the New York Giants.  They saw a safety corps which has played good but not great football all year unravel.  Blown coverages, a litany of penalties and several cases of being overmatched put their team in peril and will likely add a few pounds to Rob Ryan’s stress-eating fortified girth.

Consider:

  • A 3rd-and-goal holding penalty on Gerald Sensabaugh overturned an Eli Manning give up pass out the back of the end zone early in the 2nd quarter.  Instead of kicking for an 8-7 lead, the Giants got first-and-goal at the one, and scored seven on the following play.  
  • Both Cowboys safeties Abe Elam and Barry Church blitzed on New York’s second 2nd-half drive, leaving slot recevier Mario Manningham uncovered for an easy 47 yard touchdown pass. 
  • Frank Walker was flagged for holding on New York’s final touchdown drive, putting a 3rd and 10 situation at the Dallas 24 into a 1st-and-10 at the Cowboys 19.  Eli Manning got 18 on the next play and the Giants scored two plays later. 

The miscues let the Giants offense add points to their total and keep pace with a Cowboys offense which overcame a serious injuries to DeMarco Murray and Phil Costa.  Tony Romo got solid protection, ripping the Giants secondary for four touchdown passes.  He got an inspired assist from Felix Jones, who had 22 touches for 137 combined yards.

The defensive play followed a script we’ve seen since the great escape in Washington almost a month ago.  The defense could make big plays early, holding two first half red-zone drives for field goals and making some key 3rd quarter stops.   The pass defense, however, again got weaker as the contest progressed.  Dallas felt the stinger which plagues DeMarcus Ware.  He reinjured his shoulder early in the contest and left the field with his weakened arm hanging at his side.  Ware returned, but he’s not 100%.  He doesn’t appear close and no other Cowboy could make big plays.

Ryan resorted to blitzing to knock Eli Manning off rhythm, but he found what several other DCs have learned — Manning is very good at beating pressure with last-instant passes.  With Terence Newman having more 4th quarter coverage issues and Alan Ball playing extensive time for the nicked Mike Jenkins, there were no play-makers in the Dallas secondary.

Victor Butler and Sean Lee combined to make a huge play mid-way through the 4th and appeared to turn the game their way.  With New York driving to wipe out a 27-22 Cowboys lead, Manning attempted a flanker screen to his left.  Butler leapt and knocked the ball off a Giants lineman.  Lee grabbed it off the lineman’s shoulder and wound his way to midfield.

Tony Romo found Dez Bryant behind broken New York coverage two plays later and the Cowboys lead was 34-22 with 5:41 left to play.

Manning then led a nine play drive, completing it with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Ballard.  3:41 remained and Dallas needed to keep possession.  A five yard Felix Jones counter started the drive.  On 2nd down, Jason Garrett called bend-L, sending Jones right, then left behind Tony Fiammetta.  Fiametta was thrown aside by the dazzling Jason Pierre-Paul, who held together his defense almost singlehandedly.  Pierre-Paul dropped Jones for a one-yard loss, setting up the game’s pivotal play.

Tony Romo brought a spread set to the field on 3rd-and-6 and led a long-count, which let New York tip its blitz:

This looks like a 4-3 base but notice how close the strong safety is playing Jason Witten on the right side.  Just before the snap both inside linebackers and the free safety also come to the line.  New York is selling out.  They’re blitzing seven, trusting their three corners and SS in man-to-man.  There is nobody behind them if they get beaten.  Ten Giants are tight on the line with the SS only four yards off:

Miles Austin got a free release against Aaron Ross and was four yards behind him.  Austin kept drifting towards the sideline, while Romo’s pass led him more directly upfield.  The mis-connection proved deadly.  Instead of racing in with Romo’s third touchdown pass of the quarter, Austin watched the ball hit the turf:

A superb call which anticipated New York’s blitz was wasted and Manning got one more drive.  He drove the Giants quickly, and Dallas seemed to get a break when Mario Manningham dropped a pass in the end zone, after he had gotten behind Newman up the right sideline.  In truth, it only slowed the Giants touchdown and left Dallas with just 46 seconds after the kickoff.

Romo nonetheless moved the Cowboys into field goal range.  He sandwiched a 22 yard pass to Austin and a 23 yarder to Austin around a four yard swing to Felix Jones.  The third completion put Dallas on the Giants 29 and Romo spiked the ball with 6 seconds left.

Dan Bailey tried a 47 yarder and made his first attempt, but Tom Coughlin called a time out just before L.P. Ladouceur snapped the ball.  On Bailey’s second attempt, Pierre-Paul knifed between Ladouceur and Montrae Holland.  He got his fingertips on Bailey’s kick, blunting its momentum and handing New York the win.

The ice taketh and the ice taketh away again.

Notes:

– It was a debut for backup center Kevin Kowalski, who had to play the last 40 minutes after Phil Costa left the game with a concussion.  He made some minor mistakes but was not overmatched.  The Cowboys did not have to alter their offensive game plan to protect him.

– Dallas will need to scour the waiver wires for a running back.  Murray fractured his right ankle after Dave Toffelson fell on it in the second quarter.

– The cheap patches blew out.  Frank Walker’s game has nose dived recently.  He took a holding penalty on
Dallas’ next to last defensive drive and he really had no choice,  He was being beaten badly by Mario Manningham.  With Walker and Barry Church melting down and with Alan Ball and Terence Newman having their on-again-off-again games, the secondary was a shambles.  Mike Jenkins played a decent game, but had to leave twice with shoulder and leg problems.

This was something we dreaded in the summer, and the fast start suggested the secondary had been underestimated.  The 4th quarter fade and this week’s four-quarter breakdown shows the secondary will need a serious infusion of talent, even with Orlando Scandrick and Gerald Sensabaugh getting contract extensions.

Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
  • Jklyng

    Saw Alan Ball make a play in the back of the endzone. That was good.

    • Lance

      The ball was under thrown and he should have picked it. Ball is horrible.

      • http://vincedelmonteabout.com/ Jim

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing: Ball should have come down with the INT there. Speaking of which–how about Newman dropping a sure pick 6 to begin the game? How different would this game have looked then? Sadly, I still don’t have confidence the Cowboys would have own–even with a patented Eli gift-wrapped pick 6!

      • joey2zs

        Ball’s play on that pass was agonizing to watch.  He’s just terrible.  90% of other DBs get their hips right, move with balance, are closer to the receiver, don’t jump too early and off balance, and easily make an interception. 

        He looked as if he had a foot in a bucket and an arm through a ladder his hat down over his eyes and on roller skates.

        • Lanceb17

          thank you joey,  that one cracked me up… he is still raw after 5 years… old coke bottle glasses campo did a nice job drilling the basics here.

  • Lance

    This didnt surprise me at all. Poor defense by the same knuckleheads that got Wade fired. Eli throws 47 times and Cowboys cant get a sack. Piss poor defense.  Romo and Austin missing was the killer.

    • Lance

      Oh Yeah….. the defense made a washed up runningback who has averaged 38 yds a game look like an all pro

      • Lance

        Way to suck Cowboys

        • Lanceb17

          How is a 12pt lead not a lock with 5.5 min
          To Go? I swear im a mush….someone put me in the
          Closet please.

  • kameleon_o

    The defensive players need to be beat with a sock full of nickels. They were just horrible. Over 500 yards of offense and no sacks?? No pressure?? What a bunch of bums

    • Lance

      47 passes and no sacks. Bums is right

    • Peter T

      sack of nickels, that funny dude.  

    • Emmitt>Barry

      Well, there was some pressure…multiple OLBs pressured Eli a lot…but he was excellent at getting the ball away at the last second. On one play, Ware had pressure on Eli at about 1.5 seconds, but the CB on Nicks could not hold up even that long. Eli snapped the ball and almost INSTANTLY lobbed a pass to Nicks, but the CB had bitten on a backfield quick out and Nicks beat him up field. Ware was in ELi’s face but you can’t get the sack in inside of 1 seconds.

  • Urielram

    I think Rob Ryan is overrated, when he was in Cleveland his defense team was overmatched several times in the 4th quarter blowing some leads.

    • Lance

      The players suck! Really they do.

      • Urielram

        The same thing was told in Cleveland… the players suck… why dallas defense can’t close games.. i believe Ryan calls excesive blitzes as Wade Phillips did and both were burned by Eli Manning, Pasquolini’s defense won a game in NY calling less blitzes and making plays.

        • BlueStarDude

          Wade’s defense looks pretty good now. It’s the personnel. This is the same group that got Wade fired and there were no significant upgrades in the off-season. That said, Ryan didn’t call a good game last night: that’s not how you beat Manning. Don’t these coaches watch the games? 

    • http://www.cowboysnation.com Rafael Vela

      and Wade Phillips was the cupcake man, (insert favorite fat joke).  

      Only he doesn’t look so fat and stupid with Houston’s players now, does he?

      • Emmitt>Barry

        Well, yes, but that’s not totally fair. Wade also fielded top defenses here in Dallas during his tenure, I don’t think anyone is arguing his qualifications as a good DC. But his ability to motivate and control this team as a Head Coach had worn out. Dismissing Wade was the right move, regardless of the fact that the defense continues to suffer some of the same sorts of problems.

      • ReverendMichael

        I thought Wade may have been the best defensive coordinator we’d had since Landry held those reigns and thats saying a lot…Wannstedt, davis…

        He needed to go as head coach…only wish there was a way we could have hung onto him as defensive coordinator.

  • Peter T

    there losers, it’s just that plain and simple.  Last week was the clue for me and here’s the clue.  This is the same team from last year.

  • Peter T

    one more thing.  Is it me or can Austin possibly lay out to catch a ball.  Thats a lost art, no more Butch Johnsons around huh

    • BlueStarDude

      +1

  • Kjd811

    The facts

    Elli is better than Romo-this year
    Ryans Defense played terrible-no pressure no coverage
    Time to face it-this is an average team that has blown its chance to have a special year.
    get ready for the draft

    • Leswung

      Romo produced 34 points and still got criticised! It is the defense, dude, or rather the secondaries!

    • ManTab

      Eli is better than anyone not named Rodgers this year. That guy came out of college with more pressure to succed than anybody else and the kid has produced. Gotta respect that. Romo played a great game……one miss. The defense should all be taken to the woods.

      • joey2zs

        Yeah.  Just because Eli is at times an excellent QB doesn’t mean Romo isn’t the same.  It’s not mutually exclusive.
        I find it hard not to like the Manning boys.  They’re funny, self-effacing, goofballs, and are great football players.  

      • Lanceb17

         dallas’ secondary made rex grossman look like joe montana … you knew this day was coming and you knew they could do nothing to stop it.    Just had to hope we got the ball last and have a shot to outscore them.

  • Egtuna

    The secondary except Jenkins played like hot garbage. And the DL outside of Ratliff got no push or pressure.

    At least Romo was not to blame, but unfortunately for him, he will get the loss in his column despite a 141.3 rating. Without Romo, they lose by 3 TDs.

  • davidh22

    I would blow up the entire defense. Trade Ware for as much as they can get. I would imagine he would fetch a 1st and 2nd or 3rd, at least. Keep Lee and Jenkins, I guess Carter. Go back to a 4-3. I imagine there are contractual implications and such, but this just ain’t working. Hasn’t worked in a long, long time. And don’t bring up 2009 and 2003, please. Talk about milquetoast defenses that fell apart in the playoffs…

    • http://www.cowboysnation.com Rafael Vela

      Why would the 4-3 work better?   The top 5 defenses in the league are all 3-4s.  That’s been the trend for some time.  

      It’s the personnel.  

      • davidh22

        I dunno. I’m drunk with disappointment.

  • ReverandMichael

    Alright, I’ve made peace with last night’s game.  We are what we are…and it certainly isn’t a playoff team.  Even if we get there, I don’t believe we are making a push for anything.  Do we really think we can hang with the Packers right now?

    We have some serious talent in some spots (tight end, quarterback, linebacker,…).  We have decent talent which may grow in other spots but as of yet is inconsistent (off. tackle, wide receiver).  Other places we have temporary patches that are …eh… (safties, def. ends)  Some spots on our team are just downright painful to watch (interior oline, cornerback). 

    We are not a team that is ready to make a run.  When our lower level talent plays out of its head and our top talent takes advantage, we look like we can hang with anyone…but this doesn’t happen often enough…thus the roller coaster.

    I’m finding myself reverting back to my late 80s pasttime and cheering for specific players to grab hold of personal glory via stats, records, etc.  This is a sure sign that we are not ready for postseason.  When we were at our best I couldn’t have cared less about stats.  I just wanted wins and championships.  Suddenly, without noticing, I find myself wanting more and more to see Ware get a sack or two just to aim for Strahan’s faux record rather than to change the tide of the game for a victory and playoff run. 

    Some of you will say its my fault…maybe.  For me it was unintended but when I realized it and thus use it more as a barometer.  I’ll wear those rose-colored fan glasses well and refuse to accept reality when everyone else can see it for what it is (I hate it when Wilbon is right).  I think this realization is a wake-up call.  Down deep…even I know what I hate to say.  My Cowboys are not a very good team and they aren’t relevant in championship discussions this year.  We are also-rans…which is tough for a Cowboys fan who has become spoiled with such high levels of success throughout our history.  I thought we had left the Gailey/Campo realms but we seem to again be stuck in that mire.  [sigh…]
    Alright, I’ve made peace with last night’s game.  We are what we are…and it certainly isn’t a playoff team.  Even if we get there, I don’t believe we are making a push for anything.  Do we really think we can hang with the Packers right now?
     
    We have some serious talent in some spots (tight end, quarterback, linebacker,…).  We have decent talent which may grow in other spots but as of yet is inconsistent (off. tackle, wide receiver).  Other places we have temporary patches that are …eh… (safties, def. ends)  Some spots on our team are just downright painful to watch (interior oline, cornerback). 
     
    We are not a team that is ready to make a run.  When our lower level talent plays out of its head and our top talent takes advantage, we look like we can hang with anyone…but this doesn’t happen often enough…thus the roller coaster.
     
    I’m finding myself reverting back to my late 80s pasttime and cheering for specific players to grab hold of personal glory via stats, records, etc.  This is a sure sign that we are not ready for postseason.  When we were at our best I couldn’t have cared less about stats.  I just wanted wins and championships.  Suddenly, without noticing, I find myself wanting more and more to see Ware get a sack or two just to aim for Strahan’s faux record rather than to change the tide of the game for a victory and playoff run. 
     
    Some of you will say its my fault…maybe.  For me it was unintended but when I realized it and thus use it more as a barometer.  I’ll wear those rose-colored fan glasses well and refuse to accept reality when everyone else can see it for what it is (I hate it when Wilbon is right).  I think this realization is a wake-up call.  Down deep…even I know what I hate to say.  My Cowboys are not a very good team and they aren’t relevant in championship discussions this year.  We are also-rans…which is tough for a Cowboys fan who has become spoiled with such high levels of success throughout our history.  I thought we had left the Gailey/Campo realms but we seem to again be stuck in that mire.  [sigh…]

    • ReverandMichael

      Rats.  Don’t know why that text got doubled.  I can’t seem to edit it Raf.  I forgot how.  Could you cut off the repeated part for me?

      • ReverendMichael

        Well, thats why I can’t edit it.  For some reason I was mistyping my screen name.  No longer know how to spell my job apparently.  I wish someone would have iced me as I was trying to post it…at least then I’d have an excuse.

    • Lanceb17

      worst part of the game for me is sitting there up 5 and knowing i’m going to have to suffer again, you just know you are going to have to sit there and take the punishment of a NY TD with a minute to go.  You know how painful that is Jerry?  I’m so tired of having my guts ripped out…. dropped way too many F bombs at the tv last night(thankfully the family was upstairs sleeping)    How do I let this stuff get to me?   It’s just sad because they really have a shot next year to do something good if they find a quality corner and someone to plug the middle(barring any major injuries)

  • fiverings37

    Raf said it best 2 year back..”It’s the D.N.A”

  • MillaRed

    Problem #1 – 95,000 fans filling Jerry Jones pockets for a team that is marginal at best. JJ will never leave Dallas and we will always be marginal with him in charge. Depressing.

    Garrett continues to be unable to punch the right buttons.

    Is Rob Ryan the most overrated individual in the NFL? We are terrible. Please, please someone hire him. He is worthless.

    Romo has his shot again and fails on the pass to Miles. This record plays over and over and over.

    The team is not good. Getting very hard to root fro them any more.

    • joey2zs

      It’s not Ryan.  Wade Phillips will probably win assistant of the year.  He got fired too… I guess because he couldn’t coach, yet all of a sudden he’s an outstanding coach.
      It’s not Ryan’s fault Barry Church blitzed and left a receiver uncovered.  Who did Church think was going to cover the slot receiver?  Keith Brooking? 
      It’s not Ryan’s fault that Newman can no longer move his legs quickly or that Demarcus Ware jumps offsides serially or that Frank Walker grabbed and held every receiver near him or that Brady James has just given up.

      • MillaRed

        Not sure where you work Joey, but I assume you have a boss. How many people work under him? Let’s pretend it’s 7. If all of them are doing things that screw up the product, is management going to blame the employees?

        They had the wrong people on the field? Call a damn timeout. Ryan has brought nothing. We are still a .500 team, will miss the playoffs or exit very early. Nothing has changed on the defensive side of the ball.

        • joey2zs

          I am not sure what you want.
          Playing defense for the Cowboys is a job.  The defense has managers (position coaches) and a divisional VP (coordinator).  The prior VP couldn’t get these guys to do anything.  Nor could the one prior to Phillips.
          It seems to me that if you, the big boss, hired the VP for his vision and plan, and fire him before he can get his people to execute that plan, then you’ll never run a successful company.
          You’ll run around firing people willy nilly because they haven’t done what you asked fast enough while you ignore the fact that it will take several business quarters to gain traction, get feedback from the market, build infrastructure and train your employees.
          In this instance, we can actually watch everyone at work.  If Newman didn’t suck – and I know he does because I watch him at work – then Ryan’s blitzes would gain traction.
          The strategy is sound.  The pieces in place to execute it are terrible.  Philips is an excellent defensive coordinator.  Yet his defense was terrible.  It’s the employees, not the manager.

          Who should replace him, btw?  And will he get half a season too before you’d fire him as well?  If I were you, then I’d hire a bunch of Defensive Coordinators and replace one with the other as the season goes on.  Or, do a Top Chef or Singing with the Stars thing and whittle them down to the final one each season. 

          • MillaRed

            Quite a speech. Tell you what, make sure this GM you speak of that is awesome and has terribly ineffective employees talks s_it like he is the second coming of Jesus. Ya know, trash talking other coaches and players and tells everyone he is going to be God.

            MAke sure he goes through an entire free agent offseason and draft with his input on what he feels he needs. Not saying he got everything he wanted but I’m sure it had an impact.

            And when another Fortune 500 company needs a GM, make sure he talks about how he is awesome and should be Head GM Mr. President.

            Get all of that figured out and we’ll keep Ryan. He is is great and every single defender is terrible. What a joke.

          • joey2zs

            Like I said, I don’t know what you want.  
            Sure, fire Ryan.  That should fix everything.  Fire everyone.  Keep doing it.
            Fire Phillips to improve the defense.  That should work.

    • Fan since 1966

      “Getting very hard to root for them any more.”

      It sure as hell is. I’m afraid that my wife is going to find my dead body sitting in front of the TV after a Cowboys game with an expression of mixed horror and disgust frozen on my face for all time.

      I really am getting too old for this shit….

  • joey2zs

    Newman, Elam, James, Brooking, Spears, Spencer, Walker, Ball, Sensabaugh, McCray, Barry Church… are the problem.  Starters and depth that just isn’t NFL quality.  Can’t turnover 11 players at once.  Hell, they’ve even resigned Sensabaugh already.
    I’m glad the Cowboys were humiliated again on TV yesterday.  That performance was an indictment of those who make personnel decisions.  Sensabaugh gets resigned and then contributes to one of the worst secondary performances I’ve ever seen.
    Hopefully this will cause the organization to be cold and calculating when making personnel decisions in the offseason, which can’t come fast enough for me.

    The team needs to change philosophy, too.  Romo’s quick strikes in the 4th quarter were the team’s own worst enemy.  If they had run the ball and controlled the clock, they win.  I’m not condemning the TD passes.  I’m just saying Garrett needs to look at his team holistically.  The defense is 2 seasons from having a different identity.  A big help for this putrid defense would be a stud center or guard and a grind it out running game while they take a few seasons to re-do the defensive personnel.

    Eli played out of his mind.  The Cowboys’ secondary could not have been worse.  Turnovers, and penalties, and agonizing incompletions… and still YET, it’s a BLOCKED KICK that loses the game as time runs off the clock.
    1 Giants punt in the 4th and the Cowboys win.  1 less Jones fumble, and the Cowboys win.  1 less G. Sensabaugh P.I. in the end zone, and the Cowboys win.  1 less Demarcus Ware offsides when the Giants fumble, and the Cowboys win. 1 completion to Miles Austin on an uncovered route, and the Cowboys win.  1 less terrible punt in the 4th by the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl punter, and the Cowboys (likely) win. 
    The Denver freaking Broncos have won two months in a row with good offensive line play, stout defense, and an overarching focus on executing details (personal responsibility).  They could not be more opposite of the Cowboys.

    • MillaRed

      We can talk about this stuff that makes 100% sense all day long. Jerry Jones man. Jerry friggin Jones. He’s just plain killing us.

      • Lanceb17

        how is he killing us?  the offense is handling their business, plugging holes when guys go down, keeping pace and scoring when they need to  no?  that side of the ball gets paid by the same JJ as the defense, someone did not evaluate talent on the defensive side of the ball correctly that’s the bottom line,  lack of effort is also creeping into the picture… do they spend extra time in the film room?  I am willing to volunteer my services in the film room 5 days a week if that’s what it takes… geez if ive seen a giant slot receiver make the same damn head fake left and turn to the sideline for a 15-20 yd gain once  I’ve seen it 50 times.  Someone jump a route one  time!   or at least make some type of move prior to the ball getting there…its always the same story, giants receiver catches the ball with two dallas defenders trailing him 

        • MillaRed

          How is Jerry Jones killing The Cowboys? Is that a serious question? If you do not know already I doubt I can help you.

          • Lanceb17

            I am not sure what to say  and I doubt I can change your mind about JJ if I don’t know what bugs you about him.   The only question I ever had about JJ was, does he want to win?  That question was answered for me in person, there were no cameras around …no microphones either.  I was at the washington game  September 18, 2000 Monday night and I was lucky enough to have a pair of great seats on the same floor as the owners box. The elevator was right behind our section, we close out the W and my father and I are walking towards the elevator to go back to the parking lot.  Who comes barreling down the walkway towards the elevator with his two sons in tow? JJ himself cellphone to his ear and a SMILE on his face(pre surgery lol) that  was blinding.  The man wants to win, LOVES to win  that can’t be denied.  Is he a little over zealous?  maybe? but  how would you act if you were lucky enough to own the Dallas Freaking Cowboys?  It’s a ton to handle so let’s not pretend we know what goes on behind closed doors. 

          • MillaRed

            I have no doubt the guy wants to win. But he is not qualified to put a winning team on the field. He simply isn’t a good GM. Jerry lives in Jerry World and no one else except Al Davis goes there to party.

            Jerry is a great owner, and an awful, awful GM. Worst in the league.

          • Fan since 1966

            Bet Jerry wishes Matt Millen was still in the business. He made Jerry look like a freaking genius!

            Seriously, JJ may not be the best GM in the league, but he’s a long way from being the absolute worst, either.

            Really great GMs are even more rare than really great QBs — and just as important to the success of a franchise. And yes, everyone agrees the Cowboys would be better off if we had one….

      • Lanceb17

        Just an FYI… if you think dallas was getting less of a benefit by the refs last night  wait till they play in NJ week 17   ohhh it’s bad here in NJ…real bad, i have a feeling rowdy will get an unsportsmanlike conduct foul maybe even two  lmao  playoffs this year would have been good experience for the young guys on this team, even if it was just one game.

  • hardwater

    3 questions: Is Ryan’s scheme too complicated? Does Ryan know how to make adjustments? Is the talent on defense so lacking that it doesn’t matter what Ryan does?

  • ym

    Bruce Carters seems to be around every special teams tackle.

  • Theebs

    Rafael Rockey Ismail broke down the missed play to austin on the third down, said austin used poor technique and blew the play.  said the technique is called peek and pump, austin turned his whole body causing him to slow down instead of looking earlier and running through and underneath the ball. 
    Here is the audio if your interested.
    http://www.4shared.com/file/1scBoAVu/rocket_explains_austin_miss_gi.html

  • Leswung

    Raf,
    exactly like u been saying all along, if  the Romo and the offense are good enough to produce 34 pts and the ‘Boys still lost, it must be the cornerbacks and the defense that’s been the bad parts; still don’t understand why Romo got blamed … so badly!
    Bring more cbs to the table please. more …

  • UrinalMint

    Once again, we can lay the blame solely at Jerry Jones’s feet. He has failed repeatedly to draft secondary help. This team hasn’t had a playmaking safety in over a decade. Anthony Spencer is a ripe turd.

    Sean Lee, Jay Ratliff, and Demarcus Ware can’t do it alone, but give them credit for trying.

    This secondary is as crippling to this team as the offensive line. And it’s been that way for the better part of 10 years.

    And yet Jerry Jones sits on his hands and does nothing about it but try to sell magic elixir.

  • UrinalMint

    The QB pressure was there. Eli is very good at eluding it, and last night all he had to do was lob ducks downfield to open spaces… our DBs were 5 yds behind their WRs all night despite the consistent QB pressure.

    He simply beat our blitzes; our DBs are too shitty to hold up their end of the bargain.

  • MillaRed

    I’m curious to know how many seconds ticked off the clock before Garrett called the second timeout. Can anyone help me with that? At least 10?

    Did anyone notice Jerry and son yelling for a timeout while Garrett once again scratched his confused red little head?

    Can anyone tell me if he would have called a TO right away if we had time to run another play before we kicked the FG? (the answer is yes) Oh wait I forgot, we don’t do that. As long as we’re at the 30 we don’t need more yardage. See Week 12.

    Can anyone tell me with Brandon Jacobs out there who ran over us for 59 minutes it might have been a great idea to let them score from 1 yard out to save time? (the answer is yes)

    Garrett has no clue how to run a football game. Real curious to hear replies to this one.

  • Fan since 1966

    Well, watching Green Bay and Dallas back-to-back yesterday was certainly a revelation.

    The Packers hum like a well-oiled machine. They are efficient. Capable. Well-coached. Fun to watch. Everything that the Cowboys are not.

    The Cowboys struggle like a one-year old trying to learn to walk. They make the simplest things look difficult. And they have firmly established a culture of losing.

    Watching “Captain Comeback” or Jimmy’s cold-blooded killers in action years ago, you always expected that they would somehow find a way to win the game. Not that it always happened, of course, but you just rarely gave up hope that the Cowboys would come out on top in the end.

    With the current crop of &#!$ losers, no matter how big the lead and how little time remaining in a game, you always have this sick feeling in your gut that somehow, someway, the dumb bastards will find a way to blow it — as all too often, they do…..

    This collection of idiots defiling the once-proud Star on the helmet will rip out their fans’ hearts, stomp on them, and then burn the remains for good measure. Good God, as this latest collapse gathers momentum, it’s getting harder and harder to stomach watching this train wreck….

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