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It's the little things that count

Four Sundays and Mondays on BTB have been filled with recrimination and calls for benching or cutting this player or that one and firing this coach or that one as a solution to what is felt ails the Cowboys. Many posters on this blog have competitive football playing and/or coaching experience. I have very little of either but some in other sports. As I mentioned in an earlier comment all this focus on the W or L or team and player stats obscures the fact that the game is played by people who in critical moments make the wrong choice or fail to notice some small detail that would make all the difference in the outcome.

I remember in a book by Lance Rentzel how at a critical point in the Ice Bowl game he lost total focus and had a Don Meredith pass go off his fingertips. A pass that would have been a touchdown. Similar moments have been the difference in each of the Cowboys losses and its wins. As an example in the KC game the final interception of a Romo pass to Escobar. Tony scanning from right to left and running out of time spots Escobar coming across the middle but fails to see Murray wide open a few yards closer. As he releases the pass, a pass rusher contacts his legs preventing a complete follow through and taking some of the momentum off the pass. Escobar for some reason slows up slightly as the pass is thrown giving the defender the slightest of openings to make the catch just in front of him. Little things that added up to a game changing play. And there are hundreds of such moments in every game.

Today we have a couple of posts and an OCC news item from a SB Nation writer on the role of Jakar Hamilton on the Lions last scoring drive. So blaming the defense obscures the fact that Brandon Church was injured and out on these plays and Hamilton was in the game because Wilcox was hurt in practice. What if Wilcox had been playing and Heath had been coming off the bench to replace Church. Is it the defenses fault or he coach's fault that is how the events played out. While Hamilton made mistakes, should we really expect him to be prepared to the same extent as the starter when he may have been running scout team reps most of the week in practice.

I would really like to see fewer rants and more analysis; fewer dire predictions and more game planning; and from some of the old timers, some historical perspective.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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