Well, I guess we found out that Wade is a better Defensive Coordinator than Brian Stewart (who knew!?!). It would have been nice if they figured that out before the Arizona game, but I guess they needed Jerry to be the one to force that issue. Further evidence that Wade is not the Head Coach we thought he was.
So, let's assume the defense is now on the mend and can build on this momentum. What about the offense? Well, Here are some quick fixes for an anemic (172 total yards?) attack in need of serious help;
QB: Brad out, Brooks in. This team can't win with an immobile, noodle-armed QB, regardless of how much football intellignece and guts he brings to the table. Sorry, but our o-line just isn't that good right now. Bollinger's arm strength and younger legs give Dallas the ability to extend the play and get the ball to the playmakers.
RB: Save MBIII. He has looked tired (who wouldn't?) as games have worn on, and since we need to run plays that don't allow the pass rush to tee off on us, why not run screens to Choice? How about a couple of swings to Cricket? Barber will be a broken man if we don't get him some help, especially if all he is doing is blitz pickup, before Felix comes back.
Formations and Play Calls: why on earth do we not spread the field more? We can run a pretty daunting 4 wide formation (Austin, Crayton, Owens and Williams) and run delays and counters out of that alignment. We have to spread the field and get motion from the WR's and backs to create some mismatches. Double Tight End packages are the answer to teams blitzing off of the edge, which we are susceptible to. Why not run them more and throw some tight end screens? I'd love to see more three step drops and quick throws to these big WR's we have. One broken tackle can mean big gains. Lastly, we need to throw deep. Even if it's only to keep the defense from stacking the line, we have to throw deep.
Philosophy: running to the edge doesn't seem to be an option with Barber, but I think that is a mistake. He's not a burner, but good seal blocks can help Dallas soften up the outside and then open up more inside running lanes for Marion. Garrett's 'every play should be like emmitt ran it' mentality isn't paying off because our o-line isn't anywhere close to the level of dominance they had in the super bowl years. Find a way to get Marion to the edge more.
I'm sure there some creative personnel packages and play calls I didn't think of, so feel free to share..