Jason Garrett's job at risk if Cowboys miss playoffs - NFL.com
Quoting what "several people inside the Cowboys' building" allegedly told Ian Rapoport, Chris Wesseling writes that it's "playoffs or bust" for Jason Garrett.
The front office changed defensive coordinators and playcallers after the last two 8-8 seasons. If there's a third, Garrett is expected to be the "next domino to fall," per Silver.
There is an understanding at Valley Ranch that the talent level isn't up to par, especially on defense. There's also frustration among teammates that Romo has continued to audible from the run to the pass.
Cowboys demise: Play-calling, Romo or D? - Stats & Info Blog, ESPN
ESPN has the stats to drive you nuts:
- Teams since 2001 have rushed the ball 94.7 percent of the time (3,061 rushes on 3,234 snaps) on first or second down when leading by 7 or fewer in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter.
- The Cowboys are 1-2 this season in games in which they score at least 35 points. The rest of the NFL is a combined 51-2.
- Maligned rookie Geno Smith is the only other quarterback to throw multiple fourth-quarter interceptions in the same game when the score is within five points this season.
What made Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo check out of run play on game-changing interception? - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Because the Packers were in Cover 0 after playing with a single-high safety in the instances before that, writes Sabin.
"Oh, I think in hindsight you would say that was the wrong decision, and Tony would be the first to tell you that," head coach Jason Garrett said. "…It was a really unfavorable run look, and Tony wanted to implement that play and throw it to Miles Austin on the one-step slant. Having said that, you have to overlay the situation that we’re in."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says QB Tony Romo will ‘bounce back well’ - Brandon George, DMN
Well, that's good to hear.
Why pick on Tony Romo? Manning, Brady and Brees also threw bad interceptions - Sporting News
Eli Manning threw five interceptions against Seattle and now leads the league by a wide margin with 25 interceptions. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady couldn’t complete comebacks because of interceptions they threw. Drew Brees had a troika of giveaways in a critical road loss. So what's the difference between Romo and those guys? Vinny Iyer says, "A Ring."
Five Wonders: Looking to the future - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
In his weekly column, Archer wonders if the Cowboys have a decision to make on DeMarcus Ware in the offseason.
Ware is set to count $16.003 million against the salary cap in 2014. If the Cowboys released Ware, their all-time leader in sacks, they would save $7.43 million against the cap. Jerry Jones has a hard time with these types of decisions. Could he ask Ware to take a cut in pay? Would Ware accept one?
Cowboys won’t discipline Bryant for early exit - Tom Orsborn, Express-News
Dez Bryant understands that he shouldn't have left the game early.
"He was frustrated at the end of that ballgame," Garrett said. "He said, ‘Coach, I just couldn’t handle it when I saw those guys in our stadium taking a knee in a game we should have won.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to do something stupid with everybody watching, so I wanted to remove myself from that situation.’
"I certainly understood that and explained to him why it’s important not to do that in the future."
Morris Claiborne tries to move on - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
There's a lot going on for Morris Claiborne right now. His father died unexpectedly, he just became a father of a baby girl and he's missed three games with a hamstring injury.
Young Child Screams "You Suck" After Eli Manning's Fourth Interception - Deadspin
Out of the mouths of babes.