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    Plenty of Blame to go Around for Cowboys in Loss to Buccaneers

    With Dak Prescott having surgery today on his right thumb, he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, resulting in moving up to QB1 for the Cowboys. Still, even before I knew Prescott was going to need surgery, I planned to make this and pinpoint how much of a struggle everything seemed to be last night.

    The Cowboys did not look good outside of maybe the first drive that was promising that resulted in their only 3 points of the football game. The motto Jerry Jones was pushing this about believing in the young guys fell by the wayside very quickly last night.

    Let me start with the offensive line.

    • Prescott was under pressure nearly every time he dropped back to throw the football. He was sacked four times and hit eight times.
    • Maybe I am the only one, but the looked halfway decent. averaged 5.2 yards per carry, finishing with 52 rushing yards on only 10 carries.
    • Then it seemed like a good idea for to get away from it when the game was still within reach and let Prescott try to force the ball into an unproven wide receiver's hands.
    • struggled after was hurt early with a high-ankle sprain, and Dallas has now become even thinner at the position; time for to try and get up to speed.
    • looked okay and will still learn as he goes, but the rookie was better than many on the OL.

    With that said, let me transition to the receiving corps.

    Look, the belief in the young guys motto that Jones talked about is not going to work. The Bucs weren't scared of anyone outside of ; they swarmed to Lamb and had zero concern for anyone else running a route.

    Noah Brown and Dennis Houston are just not it. They are not going to make up the production that could have brought them, and even though they will get him back, he is recovering from an ACL tear.

    You could see the lack of connection with every pass-catcher who has never played meaningful snaps in the NFL. Also, is still hurt, but it would have been better than what they ran out there last night.

    Time and time again, this could have been addressed in the offseason after trading and letting walk. I have no idea why I tried to talk myself into thinking a banged-up OL would give Prescott enough time to find the lack of firepower on the outside. Even more concerning is that was not even active ahead of Brown, Houston, and Fehoko; I mean, how much worse could he have been?

    The defense can only do so much, and again they struggled to stop the run last night but held Tampa to only one touchdown, and did his thing.

    They have to get better at stopping the run, it wears them down, and that was a result of the Bucs being able to get three points on almost every drive at least. Holding the Bucs to 19 points should be enough, but it is overshadowed by the banged-up OL and unproven guys out wide.

    They kept hope alive early in the fourth after a interception at the 50, and guess what? The mustered two yards after an incompletion to Houston and then Brown.

    The Cowboys are about to waste another year of one of the best pass rushers in football.

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    Dallas did this to themselves; the roster had plenty of needs, and the only thing that was addressed was how great the young guys looked in the .

    How does a team go from the number one scoring offense to three points in the first game of the season the following year? Prescott can be blamed just as much as the next guy, but the lack of moves to get better this offseason showed up all night.

    Outside of a few guys on defense, might have been a bright spot going 1-for-1, and I NEVER thought I'd say that; I hope he can continue to hit them because he may be the only points they can rack up this season.

    I hope I am wrong, but if the offense couldn't do anything with Prescott, how do you think they will look with Rush at the helm?

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    Shane Taylor
    Shane Taylor
    Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside the Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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    Jeff Tuggle

    This was going to be a bad season even with Dak. Huge drop-off now. Prescott, though last night could be considered a fluke, is hurt alot. Only once have we addressed backup QB. With Dalton. This organization is a mess. Lamb dropped to them (though I preferred Jefferson) and Parsons dropped to them even as he was touted as the best defender in that draft. Other than that McClay and the rest have constantly missed and reached on picks the last several years. When we had many extra picks. Much of the reaching is jumping on a player too early not knowing their value per other teams and also many times in the past Jerry loves to look like he found a diamond in the rough. You are dead on on Tolbert. They built him up only to have him inactive and then Stephen Jones threw him under the bus last week. Look at other inactives…there is Wright who was mostly undraftable but we reached with a 3rd round pick last year. He’s not a NFL talent. Even poor on special teams and showed twice last year he didn’t even understand the rules. McCarthy was gonna deal with the penalties?! Right!! With Dak out, giving Cooper away for nothing and Gallup out for awhile this offense goes nowhere. Not to mention Moore always abandoning the run because that’s his scheme. Poor state. A new GM with real football IQ and a head coach that is more than a puppet are needed. Until then…more of the same. Look no further than our record against playoff teams last year. How many good teams have we beat since 2018’s win against the Saints?

    James Morales

    If you want moore! Than trade away zeke, because the scheme don’t fit. N Dak is so inaccurate, he still is too slow and hesitant to read defense, Jerry gave him too big of a contract when he didn’t deserve it. He chokes. He only looked good because of his line. He leaves his wr out to dry! Why can’t anyone see this! Trade his a$$!

    lonewolfz28

    Yup. I said during preseason that they needed to get him some in-game snaps because he’s not the type of QB that can just roll into the season cold and pick right up. He’s always been a slow starter and needs to build trust with his receivers against players and schemes that they haven’t seen over and over in practice. Better to get him going earlier so he at least has a chance to hit the ground running when the season starts.

    The same goes for the OL. They need to play together to gel as a cohesive unit. This wrapping 75% of the starters in bubble wrap for the preseason didn’t pay off at all. They came out flat and still lost several key players for the next 3+ games.

    Calvin Coats

    True, but it’s not Prescott’s fault that Jones paid him so much. I mean, he was a 4th rd pick for a reason. Like Romo was undrafted for the same.rrason. Big Mike is ok, but we need better. Moore has had his chances, time to.move in. Tolbert, really? Time for the complete overhaul, but, oh yeah, there’s that Prescott contract.

    VAM

    Good post Jeff, basically agree and have commented likewise on every point. The long great winning history of the Dallas Cowboys is being trampled.

    Hate to say it, but being honest, when looking at other teams and their QBs (and we know who they are), Cowboys aren’t in the same class, even with DP.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Jeff, you hit on some great points man! Biggest mistake among many made by Jerry and Stephen Jones was firing Jimmy Johnson. Tough, knowledgeable, and had an eye for talent. Winning Super Bowls and sporting a roster that was 2 and 3 players deep at most positions. Jerry Jones wasn’t satisfied with that! He had to be THE MAN! Well now he is the man! The man they laugh at and call FOOL!!!

    Mr T

    Seasons lost on the first game. Chalk another one up to the Jones Team. Maybe someone will buy this franchise who cares about winning rather than just filling the seats to pay for the Jones Legacy.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Mr. T you’re reading my mind! Would be GREAT if the Jones Family would be willing to sell the team. It’s so popular and such a cash cow, that’s probably never going to happen. But it would be a step in the right direction.

    Bear Lamberth

    Problem is the Joneses. Boat load of money and shit for brains

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Money makes you rich, but it don’t make you smart!!! See Jerry and Stephen Jones!!!

    ThrowUpTheX88

    That was an embarrassment to the highest degree

    To the offensive side of the ball, absolutely agree that we should’ve ran the ball more, Zeke and Pollard were both getting solid yardage each time, but for some reason, we kept going to the air, can’t help but think this is another example of Jerry’s egotistical behavior, all offseason he’s been talking about relying on these young guys, maybe he had a word with Moore and MMC about throwing the ball to prove himself right ? And even then, Ceedee just isn’t that receiver guys, it’s time to start having that convo, look at what Jefferson is doing rn in Minnesota, you can’t tell me that Ceedee is even close to being that guy, O Line was awful but no surprise there at all, and Dak even pre injury was way off on his throws

    Defensively we looked great for most part tbh, yeah we gave up the run, but that was mostly cuz we couldn’t get any offense going and thus not giving the D a break, only real problem I see on D we have is our 2nd corner, can one of these young guys PLEASE beat out Brown for 2nd CB ? Like dude is trash, always gets shredded and worked over, doesn’t matter who it is, praying now that Wright or Joseph can do better

    Coaching wise, still can’t avoid penalties, bad offensive play calling the whole game, as I said earlier in comment, needed to run the ball more and for some reason we didn’t

    Overall I just can’t wait for this year to be over as it’s just gonna be awful, hopefully we’ll end up with a high draft pick for next year, maybe we’ll finally fire MMC and get Payton to fix this mess of an offense

    Lawrence C. Baker

    I think Kellen Moore is sabotaging the Offense much like his brother Jason Garrett did when Wade Phillips was the head coach. 3afe hot fired and Garrett got the job. McCarthy is going to get fired and Moore intends to be there waiting to be the new head coach. He’s not ready, but that never stopped Jerry and Stephen Jones before. If you hire Garrett you’ll hire anybody!!!

    Anthony

    We have a great marketing company that happens to own the richest sports franchise in the world. With no importance placed on winning. When they have consecutive losing seasons they will be a little more proactive just to be relevant. This has been the pattern since 96. Why are we so upset and angry? This has been the way for nearly 30 years!!

    Anthony

    How can you blame ownership for not trying to win when we faithfully buy merchandise, watch every game, and hang onto every NFL Network report about our beloved Cowboys. Just stop consuming the b.s. and find something else to do. Then and only then will you see a change.

    AJ

    Micah is the brightest log in this dumpster fire

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Hopefully he won’t accept an extension in Dallas and just get out as soon as his Rookie Contract expires. Too good to be associated with the annual incompetence within the Cowboys organization.

    VAM

    This injury to DP may actually turn out be a lucky “break” as it will be yet another SPORT MSM HYPE MACHINE EXCUSE for this average “elite paid” QB to have yet another forgettable season without any accountability. He gets them every year. MM will be the fall guy and may get fired, and in comes the third HC in his seven years, maybe Sean Payton.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Dak was horrendous Sunday night no doubt. McCarthy and Moore both should’ve been fired on Monday morning. That, however, would mean admitting that Jerry and his idiot son don’t know what they’re doing! Maybe, if Sean Payton has any sense he won’t answer the phone if either of those idiotic Joneses call him.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Mr. Taylor, I couldn’t agree with you more that there’s plenty of BLAME to go around. Most of it belongs to Jerry and Stephen Jones. Two of the most idiotic executives in the world. They may be good at business, but they STINK at the business of football. They drafted the best Linebacker in the draft last year because the Broncos took Patrick Surtain ahead of them. Dumb Luck!!! Next in line for BLAME is McCarthy and Moore. Incompetence on display all day! They get seats on the idiot train right next to the Jones duo. Lastly, I ‘ve defended Dak Prescott for quite a while, but Sunday night he looked like a Rookie and nothing like a 40 Million Dollar QB. This season is over ! Maybe the two geniuses who think they know everything will get their heads out of their asses and hire a REAL GENERAL MANAGER to run this team next year! Doubtful, but I do hope so!!!

    Sam

    Let me tell how selfish the front office and Jerry Jones and Steven Jones are and this is no lie they don’t care about another super bowl they just want to make money, there’s no way you go into this season with no offense Tampa knew what to do we got killed out there they don’t want to go get good players they like picking up injured players because there cheap and this offense of line really it’s suicidal out there for dak and our running backs someone please buy the team from them please