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Monday Morning Hangover: Cowboys Bad Play in Seattle Continues

Brian Martin



Monday Morning Hangover: Cowboys Bad Play in Seattle Continues

There's no need to sugarcoat anything about the way the Dallas Cowboys played Sunday afternoon on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Although winless so far this season, the Seahawks thoroughly manhandled the Cowboys in all three phases of the game and continued their domination over America's Team.

I don't know how you're feeling today, but I'm personally still a little heated just thinking about the Dallas Cowboys performance yesterday. On second thought, I'm fed up and you should be too!

Normally, I would be telling all of you to remain patient because it's still early in the season. But, I'm finding it really difficult to find any optimism in the way the Cowboys have played through the first three weeks of the 2018 season. That's difficult for me to admit because I'm typically a glass half-full kind of person, but not today.

Today, my glass isn't even half empty. It's completely dry. Not even a drop of moisture remains. I'm that fed up and it's way past time for some serious changes to be made!

Accountability has obviously been thrown out the window. When is Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones going to hold Head Coach Jason Garrett accountable for the poor coaching? When is Jason Garrett going to hold his players accountable for stupid mental mistakes? When are the players going to hold their teammates accountable?

Michael Gallup, Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

Quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys passing game continues to hurt offensive productivity. Pinpointing the problem seems to be an issue. No one really knows if the blame should be placed on Prescott or his receivers, but it's probably a combination of both. The sad thing is, there really isn't any glimmer of hope to build on.

With the struggles in the passing game, Ezekiel Elliott is finding it really difficult to find any running room. Opposing defenses will continue to stack the box against him. He was able to put up 100+ rushing yards on the Seahawks yesterday, but the Cowboys aren't going to win games if he's the only one showing any kind of production.

The Dallas Cowboys defense has been a bright spot so far this season, but they didn't perform up to their best against the Seahawks either. The secondary unfortunately had a few blown coverages and it resulted in some easy touchdowns. It was truly unfortunate, because I believed Kris Richard was the difference maker. I was obviously mistaken.

Like I said, it's time for a change. The Dallas Cowboys can't continue to play the way they did against the Seattle Seahawks for the remainder of the season. If things continue as they are, they'd be lucky to finish 8-8. But, being just average seems to be acceptable for this organization anyways.

Unfortunately, I just don't think we will see much change. If we don't begin to see quite a bit of improvement before the Cowboys bye week, I'm personally going to start a petition to fire Jason Garrett and I'll throw in Scott Linehan as well. Who's with me!?

How fed up are you with the Dallas Cowboys performance this season?

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • oneputter

    completely fed up, this entire team is a joke. sorry JG i tried but it all starts with you. you and that bum linehan need to go!

    secondary is trash, 31, 24, 25, 35 and 38 all out there not knowing where to go or who to cover, just a complete embarrassment. they all point at one another like “i thought you had him” call tyree robinson back, i guarantee he is better than 38…..

    LB’s missed way too many tackles

    OL is trash, from left to right. seriously we are going to blame all this on missing 72, what a bunch of JR league crap!! seattle has a horrible OL but they managed to kick our butts!

    this is QB driven league, if you don’t have a QB then you don’t have a good team…..this is where we are right now.

    start getting White ready.

  • Ervinlang318

    Brian dont get fed up its a waste of Time cause the ownership is not fed Up. I have been attacked for 23 years since our last SuperBowl. I personally am rooting for Matthew Stafford to come in here and every QB after that to have a Career day against us the rest of this Season to force some real change at Valley Ranch( I prefer this over The Star). We are the Cowboys and we should have the best everything (Ownership, Coaches,Players, Gift Shop,Etc).

    Whats This?
    This is Wade Phillips Record.We had a 1-2 playoff record in 3 1/2 years and he was Fired.
    Garrett Has Coached 8 Seasons with 2 Playoff Appearances and still has his Job.

  • Mark

    Brian, it took you a while to get here, but you are finally hitting the problem right at its core – Jason Garrett. He is, and has long been the single worst head coach in all professional sports.

    As tempting as it is to blame Linehan, Dak, the O-line, etc, etc…they’re all simply executing GARRETT’S offense and following his orders and football philosophy. You could literally put any human on the planet into the O.C. job in Dallas, reporting to the moronic Carrot, and the results would be identical.

    The tiny % of Cowboy fans that support Garrett deserve the humiliation they’re being fed. However, there are many, many millions of fans worldwide that have loved and supported this team all their lives who now are FED UP with the pure junk this team drags onto the field every week and calls it “offense”.

    Every person in a position of leadership can be explained through one very simple analysis. They are a combination of 2 characteristics…

    The first is their degree of dogma or hard-headedness. For simplicity, let’s reduce it to being either dogmatic or open-minded to change.

    The second is their level of productivity or success their teams are generating. Again, let’s simplify and say they are either productive or non-productive.

    There are only 4 combinations of these qualities that can exist. 1- Dogmatic-Productive. 2-Dogmatic-Non-productive. 3-Open minded-productive. And 4-Open minded-Non-productive.

    It’s fun to fit various coaches into one of these slots and it explains nearly everything you need to know about a coach.

    Unfortunately for Dallas fans, we are forced to endure our beloved team being led by a “coach” with the worst possible combination of these characteristics. The Clapping, spitting, confused Carrot is Dogmatic-Non-productive. He’s perfectly terrible, and will never admit it or change. If he were able to live and coach for 100 more years, he would produce 100 more years of poor-to mediocre results slathered in excuses, blaming players and subordinates, and doubling down on the same pathetic, predictable, tired, overly simplistic, conservative ol’ tactics that can only work when quite literally EVERYTHING goes perfectly and the opposing defense cooperates fully.

    I, for one, will NOT support this team unless and until Garrett is fired. I beg everyone who reads Brian’s article and these comments to join us in this quest. We DESERVE a great coach. We DESERVE more success than this fool is capable of ever producing.

    To take it even further, any Cowboy fan that continues to support this coach and the disasterous era of failure and constant humiliation that he has ushered into Dallas is quite literally perpetuating the problem. Given Jerry’s unnatural love for this heathen, no change at head coach will be made until the fan base demands it, and stops showing up for games, or watching them on TV, or buying their over-priced trinkets. These are the only things that even have a chance of getting Jerry’s attention.

    Boycott!!! Boycott!!! Boycott!!!

  • Mark

    Once again, my (previous) comments on this site have been removed. Apparently they’re too strongly and insightfully defended for the site’s Editor.

    To whoever is doing this: You are a coward! Worse, you’re attempting to skew the perspective of your readers by selectively censoring the posts you don’t like. Post the comments. They’re honest, extremely well articulated, and incisive into the glaring problems of this team – OUR team. Let the readers comment on them instead of you pretending to know better than everyone else what should and shouldn’t be said and heard by fans.

    Jason Garrett is 100% of the problem and HAS to go!!! Apparently, you don’t agree, so instead of defending your own point of view, you do a disservice to all your readers by censoring the strongest arguments from the public’s view. You are a part of the problem.

    • Brian Martin

      Mark, I personally welcome your comments and actually enjoy reading them. For me, it doesn’t matter if we agree or disagree about a certain topic. I enjoy hearing everybody’s perspective. I don’t know who has control over editing/deleting comments, but please don’t let it discourage you from continuing to voice your opinion.

      • Mark

        Thank you, Brian. I hope you know that I was not directing my comments about removing my posts at you. I know it’s not the writers doing it.

        Thank you for taking the time to respond to me. You’re a good man.

Game Notes

Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report

Jess Haynie



Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Though it's still early in the 2018 season, the lead in the NFC East is up for grabs when the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins meet this Sunday. Both teams would like their full roster available for the game, but the Week 7 injury reports indicate that won't be the case.

Here are the players either confirmed to be out of action tomorrow or are otherwise listed by Dallas and Washington:

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Tavon Austin (groin) - OUT
  • LB Joe Thomas (foot) - OUT
  • CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) - Questionable

The Cowboys are getting healthier, with Sean Lee finally off the injury report and set to return to action. Not only will Dallas get their elite linebacker back, but it means a deeper rotation while the team remains without Joe Thomas.

Tavon Austin elected to skip season-ending surgery on his injured groin, but his should be out a few weeks. That will put Cole Beasley on punt returns and perhaps create more offensive opportunities for Deonte Thompson and Brice Butler.

Awuzie remains limited in practice but has played the last few weeks despite the ankle injury. There is no reason to think he won't suit up in Washington.

Washington Redskins

  • WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) - OUT
  • WR Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) - Doubtful
  • S Troy Apke (hamstring) - Doubtful
  • RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) - Questionable
  • RB Chris Thompson (rib, knee) - Questionable
  • G Shawn Lauvao (calf) - Questionable
  • CB Quinton Dunbar (shin) - Questionable
  • CB Danny Johnson (forearm) - Questionable

It's a rough time for Washington's offensive weapons. They will definitely be without slot receiver Jamison Crowder and likely starter Paul Richardson, who current lead all WRs in receptions. Josh Doctson will put into a major role, as will veteran Brian Quick off the bench.

Peterson and Thompson both practiced this week and should play, but have nagging injuries that could slow them down. Washington is already missing Rob Kelley and rookie Derrius Guice, who are both on injured reserve.

Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao is also nursing a lower leg injury, but practiced in a limited capacity all week. His backup is undrafted rookie Casey Dunn out of Auburn.

In the defensive backfield, starting CB Quinton Dunbar was a Friday addition to the injury report with a shin injury. He did practice with it, though, so will likely play. Backup safety Troy Apke is doubtful with a hamstring issue.

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Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

Sean Martin



Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys are 0-3 on the road this season. Not only do you already know this, but they do as well, needing to build off a 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6 at AT&T Stadium to claim first place in the NFC East at the Washington Redskins.

Although the Cowboys were given Monday and Tuesday off, they are focused on addressing one alarming reason why the team has struggled so much on the road -- particularly on offense.

Running Back Ezekiel Elliott pointed out the Cowboys lack of communication in early season losses at Carolina, Seattle, and Houston. "Seeing the same thing," was the issue Elliott addressed when discussing the Cowboys knowing their assignments in hostile territory.

Yesterday, Quarterback Dak Prescott told the media of a meeting between players and coaches that addressed this specifically.

David Moore on Twitter

Dak Prescott said players & coaches held a meeting before today's practice to "address the elephant in the room," which is poor communication among the offense on the road. "I know we'll take a lot from that conversation," The QB said.

Unlike Prescott's remarks about new "wrinkles" in the Cowboys offense prior to a 26-24 home win over the Lions, this has a tangible sign of progress for an offense that made scoring 40 on the Jaguars look impossibly easy. The Cowboys season high in total yards remains the 414 amassed against Detroit, after which Prescott confessed that he simply tells the media "things" that aren't necessarily true.

The Cowboys didn't necessarily do anything new against the Lions, but they most assuredly will this week against the Redskins, at least by way of signaling and remaining in sync on offense.

Prescott and Elliott's leadership is on full display here, and their on-field impact can be attributed as closely to the Cowboys successes or failures as any duo in the NFL.

Missing is a similar impact from Center Travis Frederick, who remains sidelined as he deals with GSB.

Joe Looney's play at center has been good enough to pave the way for Elliott's 586 rushing yards so far, second to Todd Gurley at 623 yards, but his ability to call checks for the offense is understandably much more limited.

Looney deserves all the credit in the world for his strong play in place of Frederick. The Cowboys have never asked for him to be anything he isn't, a reliable depth option that earned a second contract and with it the starting center job for the time being in Dallas.

He has the full support of his teammates, Frederick included. All of this is lovely to put down in writing until Looney and the Cowboys have been forced to step on the field with the crowd against them and attempt to sustain a drive, something Frederick will unfortunately not be a part of for a long while.

If the Cowboys offense isn't going to unveil new wrinkles in the scheme, there is one wrinkle worth mentioning that's new to the team's communication on offense this season. With Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan up in the box, his play calls are sent down to first-year Quarterback Coach Kellen Moore, who has been in the ear of Prescott ever since playing with him from 2016-17.

Sure, these are things that could've been addressed before the Cowboys managed only eight points in week one, turned the ball over three times in week three, or punted away their best chance at victory in week five. The best teams in the league likely already have these things down to routine, and few would consider the Cowboys anywhere near the upper echelon of the NFL.

Following sixty minutes of football at a division rival they've won four in a row against, with an even more impressive five game win streak at the Redskins, the Cowboys could control their own path atop the NFC East.

That feels truly incredible for such a young team faced with a steep learning curve early in the season, adjusting to it on the fly as they prepare to leave everything on the field before a bye week.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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#WASvsDAL: Why This Game Holds Increased Importance

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Pass Rush Better than They're Given Credit For
James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

It feels incredibly cliche to call the week 7 match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins a "must win." Especially for someone like me who values statistics, logic, and analytics in sports.

But when the analytics agree with the narratives, those narratives do tend to get my attention. And this week that would appear to be the case.

According to Brian Burke of ESPN, the Cowboys's week 7 game has the highest playoff probability leverage in the entire NFC, and is second to only the Houston Texans' big game with Jacksonville around the entire league.

Brian Burke on Twitter

Playoff leverage for week 7. DAL, WAS, PHI, CAR, MIN, CHI with a lot on the line in the NFC. HOU, CIN, and JAX in the AFC.

What does this mean? Well playoff probability leverage is pretty intuitive. Basically it is the difference between a win this week and a loss this week in terms of probability to make the playoffs.

For the Cowboys that number is at 27%, with a win over Washington catapulting their playoff probability over 50%. On the other hand, a loss would take a big hit to their playoff hopes just 7 games into the NFL season.

As you might expect, this game means a lot to the Redskins' playoff probability as well. Their playoff leverage this week is at 14%, but a win would mean "more" to Dallas than Washington based on the probabilities.

Fellow NFC East foe, the Philadelphia Eagles, also have a lot to gain/lose this Sunday, with their leverage sitting at 22%. According to Burke's model, the Eagles and Cowboys have the best chances of making the playoffs at this point, but if each team wins Sunday the Eagles will still have a higher percentage.

Of course a lot can and will change week to week, despite what the metrics say. The Cowboys still have two games remaining with the NFC East favorite Eagles this year, and will get another crack at Washington at home later in the season. Plus the Cowboys have a few NFC wild card and playoff contenders remaining on their schedule, such as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. (Yes, the 2-4 Falcons are very much alive in this crazy conference).

Still, the difference between 4-3 (2-0 in the division) and 3-4 (1-1 in the division) is huge, as is shown by Brian Burke's playoff probability leverage metric.

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