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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, Colts Week 15 Injury Report

Jess Haynie



Less Is More For Sean Lee And Cowboys' LBs?

The Dallas Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win this week, while the Indianapolis Colts are fighting to stay alive in the AFC wild card race. Only one team can accomplish their goal, and both have some big names on the Week 15 injury report.

We'll begin with the visiting Cowboys, who could be getting at least one star player back while another is already confirmed to miss the game.

Dallas Cowboys

  • TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) - OUT
  • G Zack Martin (knee) - OUT
  • DL David Irving (ankle) - OUT
  • WR Tavon Austin (groin) - Questionable
  • WR Lance Lenoir (illness) - Questionable
  • OT Tyron Smith (neck) - Questionable
  • DE Randy Gregory (personal) - Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring) - Questionable

Yes, sadly, Zack Martin will be out tomorrow. The good news is that Connor Williams got the entire week to practice with the starters at right guard. You can read much more about this situation and it's impact on the game here, courtesy of our own Sean Martin.

Also ruled out, as they have been for a while now, are TE Geoff Swaim and DL David Irving.  Swaim is still recovering from wrist surgery but has not been placed on injured reserve, so the team must feel he could be back for the playoffs. Irving could return as soon as next week.

Speaking of returns, Sean Lee may be back on the field this Sunday. It's unknown yet how he'll rotate with Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, but Dallas has the luxury of working him in slowly thanks to the play of their young duo.

Tavon Austin could also return this week, creating another new offensive wrinkle. Austin has been injured since the Jacksonville game and has yet to play since the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper. Not only could Tavon do some interesting things in the offense, but he should bring some additional sizzle to special teams.

While appearing on the injury report, Randy Gregory missed practice this week for "family reasons" according to Jason Garrett. He could still play tomorrow.

Indianapolis Colts

  • G Mark Glowinski (ankle) - OUT
  • LB Skai Moore (neck) - OUT
  • S Mike Mitchell (calf) - OUT
  • WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) - Questionable
  • TE Ryan Hewitt (ribs) - Questionable
  • S Clayton Geathers (knee) - Questionable

The big name here is Hilton, the star receiver who missed all practice this week with an ankle injury. Indianapolis has not ruled him out, wanting to give Andrew Luck's favorite target every opportunity to play. But it's not looking good, and a bad ankle could limit Hilton's effectiveness even if he goes.

Also hurt among the passing options is starting TE Ryan Hewitt, but he did practice full on Friday and should go. Not playing, however, is starting right guard Mark Glowinski. That means third-year player Evan Boehm should start, who just joined the team in October.

Indy's hurting at safety this week. Not only did starter Clayton Geathers miss the whole week of practice, but veteran backup Mike Mitchell is already ruled out. The Colts would have to rely on undrafted rookie George Odum if neither plays.

Fun fact before we go; former Cowboy Jihad Ward was picked up by the Colts after Dallas included him in their roster cuts to start the season. However, he landed on injured reserve back in October so won't get a chance at revenge.

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Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts

Sean Martin



Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line depth will be tested as they play for a chance to clinch the NFC East on Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Suffering a knee injury last week against the Eagles, Right Guard Zack Martin will not be able to play. In missing his first career start, rookie Connor Williams rightfully returns to the starting lineup as Martin's replacement.

The 50th overall pick from this year's AT&T Stadium hosted Draft has started eight games this season at left guard. Williams' last start happens to be in the last game Dallas lost, a week nine defeat to the Tennessee Titans. This opened the door for Xavier Su'a-Filo to become something of a sensation for Cowboys Nation as the starting left guard throughout the team's current five game win streak.

David Moore on Twitter

Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a sprained knee. Rookie Connor Williams will start in his place.

Zack Martin being unavailable is hardly how Marc Colombo wants to prepare for the Cowboys first road game since week 11. Having both Su'a-Filo and Williams in the lineup will be valuable for the Cowboys moving forward though, as Williams could earn his job at left guard back from the right side.

While he won't nearly be expected to play at the level of Martin, Williams looked poised coming off the bench against the Eagles and helping the Cowboys offense score their final three touchdowns. Williams was on the field for all three of Amari Cooper's scores, as Dallas rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries with him in the game.

Williams flashed some of the traits that made him a top left tackle prospect out of college, flowing to the second level with ease and creating movement with quick feet at the point of attack. The Cowboys have forced him to remain game ready despite losing his starting position by finding a few emergency snaps for him in recent weeks, as well as special teams looks. The team has every reason to believe Williams is an ascending young player still.

The same cannot be said of Su'a-Filo, who simply has to focus on continuing to hold up at left guard again this week. With each passing win, Su'a-Filo's LG spot has become more of a liability in a Cowboys offense in need of a jump-start late in this 2018 season.

Consistent offensive line play is one of the few things that's clearly hurting the Cowboys as contenders in the NFC behind a stellar defense and game breaking wide receiver.

The Cowboys won't be at full strength against the eighth best rushing defense and 15th ranked passing defense in yards per game. With three separate chances to clinch the NFC East starting at the Colts and extending until the end of the regular season, the Cowboys stand to learn all they need to know about the offensive line that will start in the playoffs.

Martin, who's elevated his game to a new level this season despite this lingering knee injury, should be on track to return when the Cowboys come home to play the Buccaneers in week 16.

Tell us what you think about "Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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#INDvsDAL: How The Game May Be Decided In The Red Zone

Kevin Brady



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In many ways the Dallas Cowboys offense has found their stride in recent weeks. Over this five game win streak they have "found their identity" playing ball control offense and trusting their quarterback to make big throws when needed most. Of course the defense has been the star most weeks, but this offense should not be slept on either.

This doesn't mean the offense has been without their fair share of struggles, however, particularly in the red zone. Struggles that the numbers say could cost the Cowboys this weeks' game in Indianapolis if they don't get it cleaned up.

In terms of red zone offensive efficiency the Cowboys have been downright horrendous. In fact, they are dead-last in the league in success rate inside the 10 yard line, last in first-and-goal success rate, and 21st in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

There's no sugar-coating those numbers, they are bad. Especially when you consider that this team has arguably the league's best running back and a quarterback with the size and athleticism you might expect from a linebacker.

For as bad as the Cowboys are inside the red zone, the Colts are equally as good. Indianapolis is top 10 in terms of success rate inside the 10, at the goal line, and in first-and-goal success rate. They are also 11th in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

Despite not having the individual running back the Cowboys have, the Colts offensive line and skill players as a whole set them up a bit better when the field is shortened. Tight end Eric Ebron has been rather incredible in terms of production this season, catching 12 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Andrew Luck is also a more accurate quarterback than Dak Prescott, though Prescott should be a much more dangerous red zone threat than he currently is.

Bob Sturm on Twitter

I am working on the Cowboys 32nd ranked Goal-to-Go offensive numbers. They have run 35 of their 59 total plays out of Shotgun-11 Personnel. In those 35 plays, the average gain per snap is....12 INCHES. I am not kidding. They could out-gain that by running QB sneaks. I am amazed.

Of course, some of the Cowboys red zone struggles can be pinned on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has failed to scheme open the "easy" red zone touchdowns we see so often around the league. As pointed out by Bob Sturm on Twitter this week, the Cowboys' personnel groupings and play calls when in goal-to-go situations have been questionable to say the least. But while blame does fall on the coaches' shoulders, the players need to execute better as well.

Games in the NFL often come down to just a handful of plays, and red zone efficiency plays a key role in deciding the outcome of close games every week. If this is once again the case on Sunday, based on past performance, the Dallas Cowboys could be in trouble against the efficient Colts.

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