I'm not even going to link to the plethora of "T.O. is causing controversy in Dallas" articles that are just about everywhere on the Net today. Besides, our man Tuna Helper did a healthy take-down of all that noise in this excellent post.
But I will link to this one from the DMN that has a little bit of fresh news in it. According to the ever-popular unnamed sources, T.O. took his complaints to the man who delivers him the rock on a weekly basis, Tony Romo.
The types of routes and throws are what concerns Owens, the sources said. The receiver, who the sources said was venting to Romo about his frustrations, has not liked how some of the throws were coming from the quarterback as far back as the season opener.
I didn't really perceive problems with how Romo's throws were delivered to Owens in the first three games, but Romo was definitely a little off with some of his throws on Sunday. Not enough to be blatantly inaccurate, but just enough to were he wasn't hitting his guys in stride like he normally does. Then again, Owens had a couple of passes in his hands that could have been caught but weren't. So it cuts both ways. Anyway, just thought I'd prop up the "controversy" a little longer so I could get my official MSM card.
Mickey Spags believes that the lack of a running game wasn't the key to the Cowboys losing, giving up 26 points on defense was the thing. Anytime Dallas scores 24 points they should win. Sounds like solid analysis so far. Except for a couple of things, seven of those points came at the end of the game when the Redskins were obviously in prevent defense mode and should be viewed with some skepticism. But even if you give them the full 24, there's still something else at play here. Now, I'm not going to defend the Cowboys defense, they did not play a good game. It's just that one thing is being ignored in the article. You can point to the 26-24 statistic and say you shouldn't lose, but how about another statistic? 38.09 vs. 21.51. That would be time of possession. Anybody who knows football strategy will tell you that forcing your defense to defend that much time in a game is asking for trouble. Of course you could argue that the time of possession is a function of a defense that can't get the opposing offense off the field. On the flip side, an offense that doesn't sustain drives is forcing a tired defense back on the field. The Cowboys had exactly one drive that lasted over 3 minutes; the Redskins had six drives over 3 minutes. And then there's this classic: Dallas gives up a FG to go down 23-17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and then on the following drive, including the kickoff return and the punt, held the ball for exactly 32 seconds. 32 seconds! I'm just saying.
It's all about the bounce-back game for the Cowboys. Lucky for them, they get the dreadful Bengals to take out their frustrations.
The magic 8-ball says all signs point to the Cowboys still being a good team. Yes, I know, it's a shocker.