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Cowboys Lose to G-Men: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

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Down and out? Don’t be. Yesterday, despite a heartbreaking loss in the final :04 seconds of the game, we learned a lot about our Dallas Cowboys. Today, We learned a lot about Tony Romo, and Tomorrow we’ll learn a lot about the team.

It’s not December but the Cowboys kind of looked like it was. Romo throwing 3 interceptions in a game that had huge implications despite being only week 2. Upon further review I’ve learned a lot about Romo, and may even be willing to discredit two of those Interceptions.

For now we’ll take a look at the Good, Bad, and just plain Ugly of this weeks game:

The Good:

-The Cowboys showed excellent resilience in a game where they could’ve have been emotionally, mentally, and physically depleted. The heart of this team is much better then it was last year, and heart will eventually create deep chemistry which ultimately creates wins.

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- Our Rushing Attack featuring Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice was epic. They accounted for over 250 yards of rushing and at times you weren’t able to distinguish some of the backs (I.E. Tashard Choice running over some blue jerseys). If this continues look for dominance to become status quo for the Cowboys.

- Our Rushing defense was top notch, keeping the best running back group under 100 yards total. While doing that the Cowboys were able to consistently put pressure on Eli Manning. These are both upgrades from a week ago.

- The team seems to be improving, perhaps (in theory) if they play like December this month the other months will be smooth as silk? Just trying to give you all a different aspect.

The Bad:

- Orlando Scandrick, who I’ve been a big supporter of, has not been able to impress me at all these last two games. Instead it’s been Mike Jenkins who, to me, has earned the starting role. Scandrick was just sorry on tackling and coverage, once again letting mediocre receivers have huge games.

- Penalties once again were a big part of the game. Though I must say the ref’s were maybe a little too eager. Newman shouldn’t have been called on that pass interference, the ball actually was not catchable. However, Flozell Adams once again amazed me with a obvious trip that was both classless and unsportsmanlike. Not to mention it negated a huge pick up from Patrick Crayton.

- Tony Romo Throws 3 interceptions in the span of one game, again. I will give Romo the Witten interception that was a poor effort on the part of Witten and frankly a circus like accident. Another one that I will give him is the one to Crayton. The coverage was well disguised and it was hard to see. Not escaping me though is that last one near the goal line, when we could’ve just ran the ball and taken control. Romo- I support you and I value you as my teams Quarterback, but keep your eyes open man, don’t force it anymore. Ok, you’re forgiven.

-Derek Eagleton once again completely bashing the cowboys on the site. I mean he has no respect or loyalty to the players of the game. He’s not exactly out there playing. Ok, maybe that didn’t affect the outcome but he still pisses me off.

The Ugly:

- Circus like plays were happening that just couldn’t be helped. Like the bobbled catch in the end zone which appeared to be perfect coverage by Newman and Sensabaugh. Also, the deflected pass into the hands of Mario Manningham to put them into field goal range. Just odd man.

The Roundup:

This loss can not be contributed to one person. Though Tony did have a bad game, he isn’t the worst quarterback in the league, and though I know you all will petition for his release, I still have faith in him. The pass defense must also be improved, but I think we have the personnel to complete the transformation from last years sorry secondary. Overall, this loss has shown us that we can be beat but we have improved vastly. Next up is the panthers, lets dispose of them and forget this all ever happened.



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10 Comments
  • pierce34

    Take away the turnovers and stupid penalties and its a completely different game. Although I would have liked to see a win on opening day of the stadium I do keep reminding myself it was only week 2. I look forward to seeing a hungry, fired up football team next week when we face the Panthers!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryan Martin

    Yea brother, this is only good for us. I think that this loss is actually the reason we make the post season.

  • Joe C

    Suprised their is no mention of Garrett in this write up. What was he thinking? We had a nice drive of nothing but rushing towards the end that resulted in 7. Next possession he comes out and throws 3 times? COME ONE!

  • Jonathan

    In hind sight, I do feel pretty good about that game. I wasn’t really all that afraid of the Giants going into this game; but now, I honestly think they can’t handle the Cowboys.

    In a way, it’s a bit of a confidence booster to know that it took some crazy bounces, a pass being deflected accurate, and 4 turnovers that yielded something like 24 easy points for the Giants, for them to beat the Cowboys by 2. In NY, they are celebrating their returning heroes, but I think we all know here in Dallas fans would be jumping off the nearest cliff following a win like that. See the response to the Bengals and last week’s Bucs game. I mean, I honestly think I’d be more concerned about the Cowboys if they won like the Giants won then having lost as a result of that. Most people expect the team to lose the turnover ratio by 4 to lose the game. That’s football.

    With all that being said, the Cowboys do need to get their collective heads out of their ass; in particular, Romo.

  • Arjay

    I’m a Giant fan looking at various write ups to see how Giants fans and Cowboys are reacting to the game. And while I’m happy the Giants won, especially in Dallas when they are opening their brand spanking new stadium, I am not acting like the Giants are Super Bowl bound after a big win at Dallas on such an important day in jerry jones history. The Giants should have run the ball better and stopped the run better. And that was a great job by Dallas to negate those 2 aspects of the Giants game. But while they were not perfect I, as a Giant fan, am not about to panic that the didn’t dominate the Cowboys.

    First of all they were playing in Dallas against a team opening their new stadium in front of a record setting crowd(at least Jerry won that little insignificant title). I’d say that’s a big home field advantage.
    Second, while I would have liked a better result from the run plays, the Giants attacked and obvious weakness in Dallas’ secondary knowing full well that Dallas wanted to stop the run and didn’t think the Giants had the WRs to win the game, or the QB for that matter.
    Third, the Giants were thin defensively and got thinner as the game went on. They didn’t want Romo to beat them, especially after the game they had against Tampa Bay and totally neutralized the passing attack while capitalizing on Romo’s mistakes. Something good teams do.

    There is room for improvement for the Giants, for both teams. But one of the things the Giants have that Dallas does not is the organization, from owner to coaches and coordinators, to right their ship. Tom Couhlin and his staff are far better than Wade and his. As is the Giants ownership and GM. All throughout the game the Giants stayed the course and executed their game plan. Trusted their team to make plays in big moments and came through with a big divisional win on Jerry Jones’ big day. That’s why after this game the Giants and their fans have a brighter season ahead than the Cowboys.

    • bags030404

      This game was very demoralizing for me as a fan of the Cowboys. The Cowboys man handled the Giants the entire game on both sides of the ball, but yet we lost. There is not a team in the league that can win when they commit 4 turnovers (especially ones that lead to 24 points) yet the Cowboys had the lead with 2 minutes to go. Now Giants fans can say all they want about our owner, organization, players, and coaches because the Giants won the game. However did the Giants really win the game? or did the Cowboys lose the game? There are arguments for both sides, and those arguments would go on forever. The good news is the Cowboys will play the Giants again this year! I must say though I really hate having to listen to New York fans tell me how great their team, coaches, players, owner, and organization are. Mainly because as soon as that team stumbles (and they will) New York fans will be calling for peoples heads! Every year I get to hear you fools talk all your smack when the train is rolling, then I get to hear the same folks screaming for their lives as they jump off the ship! Seriously how freaking lucky can one team be, I mean a guy catches a terribly thrown ball (now labeled a champion) with his helmet and then gets an interception on a ricochet off another guys cleat! The best part is the guy had no idea where the ball was until it landed in his hand! We will see you guys again but for now I guess I have the pleasure of listening to disgusting “Eli Manning is the Greatest of All Times” talk.

  • Joe C

    “Seriously how freaking lucky can one team be, I mean a guy catches a terribly thrown ball (now labeled a champion) with his helmet and then gets an interception on a ricochet off another guys cleat!”

    Haha been telling my friends that ever since it happened. Now that my pissed off faze is over, I am not worried (yet) about this team. I think they will pull it together and will get shit straight. Romo will still throw those horrible decision passes but not on a regular basis. He will get it back together, along with the team to finish out the games until bye week. There is no reason we shouldn’t be 4-1 going into the bye. Which will give us time to prepare for the Falcons, I can’t wait.

    P.S. – I am tired of everyone around here saying “way to blow it int he new stadium”, and my response is I could give a shit about the stadium “record”, I care more about the teams record, there are still PLENTY of games to be played in that behemoth!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryan Martin

    Joe man I hear you. I am so freaking tired of whiney fans who have lost loyalty in our team. pisses me off.

    • Jose Arguijo

      Okay but it’s history, first team to beat cowboys in their nice stadium!! Man, it’s HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

        You might have missed this, but this post is from 2009 so the history part is pretty certain. Thanks for reading? 🙂

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Though Promising, We Need To Relax About Safety Kavon Frazier

Kevin Brady

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Evaluating The Future Of Kavon Frazier, Byron Jones, And The Safety Position

With the addition of former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard to the Cowboys' defensive coaching staff, fans are hoping that Dallas will create their own "Legion of Boom." Of course this is a lofty goal, but one worth pursuing nonetheless.

If the Cowboys are to recreate the Legion of Boom they will need their version of two vital pieces: Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

The Seahawks defense works, in many ways, because of these two players. Thomas' ability to play centerfield and literally defend sideline to sideline gives the Seahawks the freedom to use Chancellor where he's best, as a box safety. Chancellor is a big, physical safety who defends the run effectively in the box and can blanket tight ends in man coverage with his size and athleticism.

These safeties are arguably the most critical pieces to the Legion of Boom, though having a shutdown corner in Richard Sherman certainly doesn't hurt.

Realizing Chancellor's importance, Cowboys fans are hoping that current safety Kavon Frazier can fulfill this role in Dallas. Since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2016 Frazier has made his home on Special Teams. As an impressive tackler in both punt and kick coverage, Frazier earned himself time at safety down the stretch of the 2017 season.

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All in all, Frazier played rather well. Against the Washington Redskins he stepped in and made a few splash plays at the line of scrimmage, causing Cowboys Nation to lose their minds. After that impressive Thursday night game, however, Kavon Frazier didn't really reach that same level of performance.

Frazier is still a liability when asked to cover, especially when asked to play as a two deep safety. He also struggles when taking angles at times, though playing downhill as a tackler is his best attribute. Frazier actually reminds me a bit of Barry Church, though over time Church became more refined in coverage than Frazier currently is.

Some have argued that Kavon Frazier's presence should stop the Cowboys from considering a first round safety. I would disagree, and actually believe that if Florida State's Derwin James is available, the Cowboys should consider making that pick.

If you could combine the athleticism and coverage abilities of Byron Jones with the physicality and "box safety" qualities of Kavon Frazier, you'd have a fantastic safety. Unfortunately, this isn't the Marvel Universe and we are left without any super heroes in the back-end.

Hopefully Kris Richard will figure out how to correctly place all of these pieces in the Dallas Cowboys secondary going forward.


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Maverick Carter: LeBron James Considered Cowboys During NBA Lockout

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Maverick Carter is a pretty important man in the world of sports. As a business man, entrepreneur, and manager of one of the best basketball players of all time in LeBron James, Maverick Carter is certainly used to making headlines.

This week, while on former NFL running back Arian Foster's podcast "Now What? with Arian Foster," Carter claimed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once attempted to negotiate a contract with LeBron James.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Carter claims that Jones contacted LeBron James and discussed bringing him in as a Cowboy while the NBA was without games.

"Jerry Jones, being the smart marketer he is...one day out of the clear blue sky LeBron got a contract I think it was for like one year, a couple million bucks to play for the Dallas Cowboys." - Maverick Carter.

Carter then states that LeBron may have the paperwork framed in his house to remember these discussions with Jerry Jones. LeBron's fandom for the Cowboys has been well documented, as has been his high school football prowess.

We may never know how "real" these discussions were, and of course it is long over now, but just imagining LeBron James getting a chance to play for the Dallas Cowboys would break the internet.

You can check out the full episode of the podcast here, and I highly suggest listening to the other episodes Arian Foster has to offer.


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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Planning

February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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