Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware is ready to return from quad injury - Jon Machota, DMN
Jones was optimistic about Ware's availability for Sunday, but was less optimistic about Miles Austin and Morris Claiborne.
Never Apologize For Victories - Bob Sturm, FSSouthwest
Just because the game wasn't pretty doesn't mean the Cowboys need to apologize for beating a one-win team.
Re-Focused: Vikings @ Cowboys - Pro Football Focus
PFF provides a topline summary of of the game, singling out Tony Romo, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Everette Brown for praise, while coming down hard on Doug Free's performance.
Tony Romo (+3.6) wasn’t perfect by any means, but he overcame some crucial drops and showed poise under pressure that many have questioned and got the win. He pretty much had to do it all himself, though, as they ran 57 drop-backs compared to just nine runs. [...]
Quite simply the Cowboys don’t win this game without the play of Sean Lee (+2.3) and Bruce Carter (+3.6). It felt like they were in every single hole all day long.
Drive of the Week: Romo leads last-minute comeback - NFL Videos
Brian Baldinger breaks down the X's and O's of the Dallas Cowboys' nine-play, 90-yard, game-winning drive using the All-22 coaches angle. very enjoyable to watch (Hat tip to PhiAlphaHalos)
Dallas Cowboys' D struggling in Monte Kiffin's 4-3; stats say Rob Ryan's Saints unit better - Brandon George, DMN
Brandon George writes that excluding turnovers, the Cowboys' defensive numbers were better under Ryan. But that's a pretty big thing to exclude.
Jason Garrett says his relinquishing of play-calling duties has been "a good thing" for the team - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Garrett told reporters on Monday that giving up play-calling duties has been good for the team and for him.
"I think it’s been a good thing," Garrett said. "It’s something that we’ve tried to do since I became the head coach, coming from the coordinator position. They’re two full-time jobs, and in order to do each of them well, you have to focus on really every aspect of them. They’re only so many hours in the day, so since I became the head coach, I was always trying to delegate some of the responsibilities I had within the coordinator position and within some of the head coaching responsibilities that I had. So now I can be more focused on some of the head coaching stuff."
How the bye could impact DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer writes that the Nov. 17 bye week will figure into the team’s decisions on both Ware and Austin. Archer expects the Cowboys to play Ware at least in nickel situations against the Saints, but that the Cowboys could also look to use the bye to get both players ready for a stretch run.
Bruce Carter: Reason for benching not legit, but no longer angry, resolved to do better- Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Bruce Carter is a little confused by the linebacker rotation that saw him yanked from the Chargers game, limited to a nickel role against the Broncos, then playing the majority of snaps the next two games, only to split time again against the Lions and being replaced as a starter against the Vikings.
"I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m questioning myself," Carter said. "I know my talent, I know what I can do. I would say that’s entirely their decision. They’re the coaches. It’s my job to just go out there and play football when my number is called. As far as all the rotations and that stuff that’s for them. I can play at this level and be productive at it. I showed last game. I’ve never doubted myself. I’m just trying to get whatever the coaches are looking for from me to get back on the field."
Why the Dallas Cowboys value backup QB Kyle Orton - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer offers a simple answer to a question countless fans have been asking: The Cowboys believe that with Orton, they are "better prepared to handle an injury to their starting quarterback than most teams".
Roster Moves: Dolphins Add Arkin; Marvin Austin Waived/Injured - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Marvin Austin's tenure in Dallas ended quickly when he was waived/injured yesterday. David Arkin's spent almost three years in the Big D, but that also ended yesterday when the Dolphins picked him up off the Cowboys' practice squad.