Well that really sucked! This was the first time in many years that I stopped watching a Cowboy game at halftime, without recording it to watch it later! I should have saved myself the grief and turned the channel after the first quarter. This team (they do not deserve this title) quit! I can count on one hand the players that played hard and did not quit. We can rant and rave about how the coaches did not do a good job, and we would be correct in all those raves, but the ones that we should be blasting are the players. After all the players are the ones that must execute!
In all my years I have never been ashamed of being a Cowboy fan, but I am today. The Cowboys have all ways been a team that fought hard, and had never say never attitude. The team that showed up yesterday was nothing more than a bunch of losers. The following players are excused from any ridicule from me. Jason Witten, Tashard Choice, Patrick Crayton, and Brooks Bolinger. Why Brooks Bolinger? Well he did the best possible job at holding the clip board that you could ask! Jason Witten, and Patrick Crayton were the only two receivers that seemed to understand that when a blitz is coming you can not continue to run a 30 yard pattern! You must cut that route off short and find a spot for your QB to get you the ball quickly. Tashard Choice because he never stopped. He went as hard as he could go on every play (The only player on the team that attempted to chase down the fumble return).
I do not understand how with your playoff lives on the line, you just completely quit! It's not that they got beat. I and many of you could have dealt with a loss if they had played hard! Unfortunately they do not respect themselves, their fans, or their teammates enough to do that.
First on my list is the offensive line! Did this unit even get on the plane? As much as Tony was on his back I would want to check the flight register to verify this! This line has not played well for a while now, but yesterday was absolutely ridiculous. Time after time I saw three players on Romo and Colombo, Adams, McQuistan, Davis, Gurode standing 5 yards in front of him without anyone to block! What the hell???? Does the question not come to the mind of any of these guys as to WHY? Did they not after the first time this happened not go to the sideline and ask to see the pictures? Playing offensive line has more to do with want to, than footwork, and ability! Sure you have to have a ton of ability to play in the NFL, but when everyone on the field is of similar abilities Heart, Desire, and Want to is what sets people apart! You can be nine foot tall and 500 pounds and quick as a cat but if you don't play hard and TRY you will always FAIL.
Receiving corps you guys sucked! All those not named Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten enjoy your extended vacation I hope you all have a good time spending your millions of dollars you were paid! All of you love to run your mouths, saying things like "I need to be more involved" "When I am involved we win games" well if you guys new what a blitz looked like, and understood what you as a receiver are supposed to do when you see a blitz YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!! Maybe if you ran every route like it was your last YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!!! Roy I love you man, and I understand you have been battling a foot injury, But Dammit if you are too hurt to get inside position on a seem route then don't freaking play! Myself and many others have wanted you to play for the Cowboys for a long time, injury or not though you have got to step up and by all means shut up if you cannot do your job!
Marion Barber I love you man but hold on to the freaking ball! This game was not the first time you have coughed it up, you LEAD THE LEAGUE IN FUMBLES BY A RB!!!!
Defense where the hell were you guys? You guys may be strong physically, but mentally you grotesquely weak! Since the injury to Romo the season has been upon your shoulders! You guys have had some outstanding games. The question must be asked though, when the game is on the line who do you want on the field? If you had asked me this question two weeks ago I would have said the defense without second thought! After the last two games however you guys would not even make the top two! That is saying something because as awful as the offense and special teams has played I would rather them be on the field than you! Not one of you took it upon yourself to make sure everyone was ready to play! Not one of you went over and above what was expected of you! Not one of you even extended yourself! You all have made nothing but excuses all season as to why things did not go right. Somehow all of you have played football this long and still do not understand the game or no how to tackle! You all have given up over 600 yards rushing in 3 games (Giants,Ravens,Eagles) 400 of those yards given up in games that would clinch a playoff birth for your team. Not one of you even has the balls to step up and be a leader and accepted blame! I have been behind you and blasted the coaches for not having you prepared. You all sat and watched your coordinator take all the blame for your lack of preparation and desire! You all expect us the fans to back you even when you don't show up, when we call you out you just side step the problem and point to someone else to take the blame! Well I am sick of the excuses! Here is a new concept take a look at yourself and ask yourself these questions: (1) Did I do my job to the best of my ability? (2) Did I make sure the man standing next to me new what he was doing? (3) Did I do anything extra that was not asked of me? I truly believe if each one of you ask yourself these questions you will find the answers as to what went wrong! The problem is I think you guys already know what went wrong but you all choose to not look at the problem for fear that you may have to make changes to yourself!
Coaches you guys make me want to vomit! Most of you are very good coaches, and have shown this in your past. You are all incredibly stubborn though, and either fail to see or do not want to see the real problems with this team. How can you stand up their after a game like yesterday and say "I thought we practiced well, and thought we would play well" and "We practiced as well as we have all year" Shitty play on Sunday is a direct reflection of practice or lack there of during the week! How is it possible for a person to think you practiced well and yet you still have the same problems you have had all year! Maybe you should take a look at the way you practice? Just a suggestion! How is it that you know your o-line has been getting destroyed for weeks but you still stick with slow developing plays? Your receivers do not know how to read a blitz, yet you still have plays in the book that require them to be able to read one? Here is a new concept via 1993 "run right, run left, slant right, slant left" throw all that other Princeton bullshit out the window and execute the simple things! You have one of the biggest o-lines in football yet we cannot run the ball between the tackles? You all like the players need to take a long hard look at yourself and answer the same three questions I gave the players to answer! Jerry says he is standing by all of you, well as far as I am concerned you have to earn back from me what I was so willing to just give you before, MY LOYALTY! It is now show me time! I will not stand for anymore excuses! SHOW ME!!!!!!!!!
It is going to be a loooooooooong winter! At least we as fans can walk away with our dignity still intact! Everyone at Valley Ranch does not even leave with that! In honor of all of you responsible for making me ashamed to be your fan may this video play repeatedly where ever you go!
Takeaway Tuesday: Cole Beasley is Your Interim WR1
Watching the Dallas Cowboys beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-7 was undoubtedly fun for Cowboys Nation. There were not many positive expectations for the Cowboys heading into this game but both the defense and offense put on impressive performances at home in an attempt to remain serious contenders within the NFC East.
We learned a few things about the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday as they beat one of the top defenses in the NFL. Let's talk about in this week's edition of Takeaway Tuesday!
Cole Beasley Is Your Interim WR1
The Cowboys have yet to find their #1 wide receiver, but Cole Beasley is making a serious statement looking like the most reliable target in Dallas. Being 5'8 and a slot receiver doesn't really help Beasley's case to be the #1 guy, but he's making plays.
Last Sunday, he was the only wide receiver on the team with more than one catch. The other player with more than one reception was Geoff Swaim, who only got his hands on the ball twice. Beasley finished the day with nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdown catches. The Cowboys need other WRs to step up but in the meantime, let Beasley put the sauce on opposing defenses. Hopefully he continues to hurt defenses like he did versus the Jaguars' feared secondary.
The team still needs a guy who can be a consistent threat on the outside, though. Third-round rookie Michael Gallup could develop into that, but he isn't there yet. We'll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, it's all Beasley.
Bright Future for the Defensive Line
Blake Bortles was sacked three times by the so-called "Hot Boyz" last weekend. To be quite honest, the future for this defensive line looks brightest than it ever has. The return of Maliek Collins and David Irving to the field were desperately needed for this defense to take the next step. Collins and Irving were somewhat limited, but their snap counts will surely increase as the season continues.
A lot of little details went into this sack from Maliek Collins. From his alignment pre-snap to his timing on the spin, it was a beautiful display of rushing the passer by @SavageSevv. https://t.co/CYcfLH6AfB
Randy Gregory also got limited snaps versus the Jaguars, but he was able to make an impact either way. He finished the day with one sack, two hits and one QB hurry. I can't wait until these guys' snaps increase. This should be a very scary unit for opposing quarterbacks.
Dak Prescott's Stats Don't Reflect His Performance
The Jaguars are the best defense this team has faced and yet it's been the offense's best performance. Dak Prescott's passing stats may not look great, but his play was. Even though he failed to cross the 200 yard mark on the air, he rushed for 82 yards and kept Jacksonville's defense honest. Dak has faced a lot of criticism this year and will likely continue to do so.
Even still, we've seen him ball out on various occasions now. Dak can play. He may not be an elite passer, in fact he's far from being that, but he can make this offense work if they play to his strengths.
We've heard players talk about "turning the corner" in Dallas. Cowboys Nation should hope that is the case. What's more frustrating than watching an offense being unable to move the chains and score touchdowns, is knowing they could do it with a better execution and play-calling. Thanks to players like Dak, Ezekiel Elliott and Cole Beasley, there's a silver lining for the Cowboys' offense.
Inconsistency is the Problem for Cowboys
Simply put, this is not the team we had witnessed in the first five weeks of the season. Even in the two prior wins this year, the Dallas Cowboys had not looked dominant at all. Specifically the offense. They hadn't faced a defense as tough as the Jaguars', but they were able to drop 40 on them. Now granted, they did it with the help of the defense, but still. We hadn't seen this version of the Cowboys.
Even with a 40-7 win over the Jaguars, it is tough to imagine Dallas will keep this up as the season continues. Hopefully, they do and I'm wrong about this. They need to be more consistent if they want to end up surprising the NFC East and walk away with the division title.
Although they got the big win, they still left points on the field and fail to execute for touchdowns in the second half. Even when the defense forced turnovers. In close games, this cost you wins in the NFL. The Cowboys can't afford to lose many more games, even in a weak division.
CB Jourdan Lewis Finally Looks Himself In Cowboys’ Blowout Win
The Cowboys' up and down start to 2018 has been full of both positives and negatives, but the one player everyone can agree on and be excited about has been Byron Jones. And, overall, the one position group Cowboys fans have been excited about through six week are the cornerbacks.
Heading into the preseason, fans could not wait to see Jones and Chidobe Awuzie on the outside, with Jourdan Lewis patrolling the slot. It was Anthony Brown, however, who won that slot cornerback role during training camp, and through the first few weeks of the season Jourdan Lewis was nowhere to be found on defense.
Due to an ankle injury which sidelined Chidobe Awuzie for Sunday's game, Lewis finally got his shot to shine. Playing primarily on the boundary as the outside cornerback in Awuzie's absence, Jourdan Lewis looked like his rookie year self against the Jaguars.
Though Lewis was not credited with a pass defense during the game, he did make two tackles, and remained disciplined in coverage all afternoon. Jourdan Lewis also made a fantastic play on the first third down of the game, breaking on the receiver and joining forces with Byron Jones to force the Jags' first 3 and out.
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Lewis also recovered a fumble forced by linebacker Jaylon Smith, making his impact felt throughout the game.
Another area where Jourdan Lewis excelled on Sunday was as a blitzer. The Cowboys have been more apt to blitz on third downs with Kris Richard calling the shots these days, and Lewis (like Awuzie) provides value as a blitzing defensive back.
It's unclear what the Cowboys' plan will be for Jourdan Lewis moving forward. He's too talented to simply waste away on the bench, but he is at his best as an outside cornerback, where the Cowboys currently have two starters that better fit Richard's mold.
While Awuzie is injured Lewis can provide a more-than-adequate fill in, but you have to wonder if they can develop him into a slot cornerback to replace Anthony Brown in the future. Plus, Brown has had a nice bounce back season thus far himself.
The Cowboys suddenly have a surplus of talented young cornerbacks on their roster. Hopefully competition will bring out the best in all four players, including Jourdan Lewis.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars
I don't know what you were personally expecting Sunday afternoon when the Dallas Cowboys squared off against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but I think it's safe to say what happened was a pleasant surprise. The Cowboys not only beat the Jaguars 40-7, but they did so in an absolutely dominant fashion. Hopefully, this is just a sign of things to come.
The Dallas Cowboys will go on the road this week in a matchup with their division rival, the Washington Redskins, in a game that could ultimately decide who wins the NFC East division. But before we get into any discussion about the Redskins, let's talk about The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for the Cowboys against the Jaguars.
As always, please feel free to share any of your opinions about what I chose for each category in this article. I also encourage you to share your own good, bad, and ugly in the comment section located at the bottom. I enjoy hearing all of your feedback and look forward to reading what you have to say.
In a game where just about everything fell just right for the Dallas Cowboys, it was a little difficult to narrow down exactly what I wanted to put in this category. It was a great all-around team effort, so I didn't want to go with an individual. Ultimately, I decided the good for the Cowboys against the Jaguars had to be awarded to the entire offense.
All last week I was trying to figure out how the Cowboys were going to move the ball against the Jaguars top-ranked defense. Jacksonville's defense was ranked No. 1 in the passing game and in total defense. I thought if the Cowboys had a chance it would be on the ground where the Jaguars were just ranked 14th against the run. Boy was I shocked at what took place Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys offense not only moved the ball on the ground with Quarterback Dak Prescott (83 yards rushing) and Running Back Ezekiel Elliott (106 yards rushing), but also found success in the passing game. Prescott and Wide Receiver Cole Beasley connected with one another nine times for 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Overall, it was quite impressive to see the Cowboys put up 40 points against one of the league's best defenses.
For a change, finding something to put in this section this week was extremely difficult. The Dallas Cowboys pretty much played a flawless game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, so I decided the bad had to be that because they played so well our expectations should be for them to continue to play at this level. After all, if they can put up 40 points on the NFL's best defense, why shouldn't this kind of dominance continue.
The sad truth is, we have already seen the Cowboys offense raise our expectations once this season. After the phenomenal performance against the Detroit Lions earlier this season we expected them to pick up where they left off the next few weeks against the Seahawks and Texans. Unfortunately, we know how they played in both of those contest, so we should probably temper our expectations a little.
I don't know about you, but I'm trying not to get too excited about what took place Sunday afternoon against the Jaguars. I'm really hoping that the entire offense is finally starting to click and that Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan has figured out how to use his playmakers to the best of their abilities. But for now, we will just have to hope that this bad will actually turn out to be a good.
I really liked what I've seen for the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, but I absolutely loved how ugly they made the Jacksonville Jaguars offense look Sunday afternoon. This defense is playing at a championship level and they aren't quite receiving the recognition as of yet that they probably deserve. But, that could change if they continue to play the way they did against the Jaguars.
Jacksonville's offense had a tough time getting anything going Sunday against the Cowboys defense. They barely had over 200 total yards of total offense and I lost count of how many three and outs they had. What I loved the most though were the turnovers the Cowboys forced. Turnovers have been pretty nonexistent so far this season, so it was good to see that change against the Jaguars.
I honestly can't say enough good things about the Dallas Cowboys defense and how they've played this season. I'm just hoping they are able to do the same against this week's opponent, the Washington Redskins. With the NFC East division up for grabs, how the defense plays against the Redskins could impact the outcome of this game and help secure the division title.
What is your good, bad, and ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against the Jaguars?
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