Things I Think



Where do I begin? Should I just ramble on and on and on and on about the season? Or last night's game? I have no idea. I began the season thinking we'd be fine except for our offensive line, but it looks as if that is going to be a smaller problem as the season goes on. Without further ado, here are the things I think:

1. I think....

That this team has an extremely talented group of players. This group of players gave the lone undefeated team in the league all they could handle for the first three quarters. The fact that the defense limited a team averaging 33 points coming into the game to six points throughout the first 3 quarters definitely should not go unnoticed. On special teams, while I would certainly like Lance Dunbar to get the ball past the twenty more often, Dwayne Harris's return was a play we just haven't seen for a long time. Brian Moorman was excellent last night, often pinning the Falcons deep. The defense also gave me cause for hope. Demarcus Ware nearly killed Ryan last night. Bruce Carter went into BEAST mode. Carr saved a touchdown, Victor Butler also came up with a nice sack, and My Claymore nearly had a takeover to get the ball back to the offense if it wasn't for a Roddy White hold that wasn't called.

2. I think...

That this team is in desperate need of discipline. If you watched the game last night, I think you were probably either surprised by how well the Cowboys matched up with the Falcons for most of the game or thinking when the official would finally point in the direction that signaled the Falcons had committed a penalty. This lack of discipline was painfully obvious on the last series when Orlando Scandrick whiffed on Jacquizz Rodgers, who had just caught the ball and should have been smothered. A few plays later, he committed a blatant holding call on Roddy White, which brought the game pretty much to an end. Danny McCray sealed the Cowboys' fate moments later, taking a horrible angle to--guess who? Rodgers and allowing the Falcons to bleed more minutes off the clock. Don't get me wrong, the level of discipline is much higher than there was with Wade Phillips, and I think that the players respect Jason Garrett. But I think that after watching the Falcons last night, we see just how much room there is for this team to improve.

3. I think...

Garrett is being too cute with the football. What was the logic behind calling a draw play down by a touchdown at your own twenty? The momentum was clearly swinging in the Falcons' favor at that point, and the Cowboys needed a quick strike. Instead, on a second-and-10 on his own 20, Jason Garrett elected to call a draw play to the left. Now, I realize that the play had for the most part worked for the night, but the Cowboys needed points fast, and that play pretty much killed their chances of scoring a touchdown on that drive.

4. I think...

The ball needs to be in Tony Romo's hands, especially near the end of the game. Romo is a play maker at heart, and taking the ball away from him when the game is on the line kills him. The offense had not had too much success rushing the ball for the first three quarters, especially near the goal line. What made the last ten minutes different? With Romo throwing the ball, the Cowboys had their best chance of winning--and will have their best chance at winning.

There--I'm done.

What do you think? Please feel free to comment--this is my first significant Fanpost.

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