How do you motivate a team that sits at 4-8 on the season? The red haired genius does it by reminding his charges that last year's team was one game back with four remaining. That is exactly where the 2015 Dallac Cowboys currently find themselves. Deja Vu all over again, anyone?
In response to Jerry Jones veiled critique of of the Performance of the game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys coach responded with a statement that accepted a lot of the responsibility for the team's performance.
"Oh, I think everybody has to do everything better. "You start with us as a coaching staff, me as the head coach, the coaches throughout the staff, how our players play, and we all have to do better. That's what we focus on when we come to work every day."
Lucky Whitehead provided the spark that Dallas needed to cash in on a Washington blunder on Monday Night Football, and his performance on the big stage was exactly what the team has been looking for out of Whitehead since he made the roster coming out of camp.
"He is providing a little bit of a spark for us. He's a damn good player. He plays the game with a spirit that's hard not to like. He plays hard, he plays fast, and he's got a great competitive way about him. I think he's maximized his opportunities. So he's certainly added a lot to our offense and to our team."
I just wish the NFL would let him put Lucky on his #13 jersey instead of Whitehead.
More and more it seems like Murray has realized that the only things greener on the other side of the fence were Jeff Lurie's money and a particularly ugly shade of green on the uniforms. Despite his words to the contrary, more and more insiders are now saying the DeMarco is ready to fill the role of the prodigal son and come home to Dallas.
We have more than a few readers who remember that little event they call the Ice Bowl. There will not be a repeat of that during this weekend's visit to Lambeau Field, but the weather in Green Bay will still play a factor in the football game.
"Rain likely. Near record high temperatures. High around 55F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch."
Not great conditions, but Dallas has played a lot of games in "ideal" conditions this year and has nothing to show for it. If it takes a crappy forecast for the Cowboys to win, I say let the deluge begin.
D-Law is starting to round into the impact making lineman the Cowboys envisioned when they drafted him, and he had a break out game of sorts on Monday night. Come Sunday he will be looking for opportunities to to plant Aaron Rodgers in the muddy tundra.
The pair has not had much time to gel, but Matt Cassel knows how vital Dez is to his ability to quarterback the Cowboys for the remainder of the season. It is remarkably similar to what he went through when replacng Tom Brady and working with Randy Moss during his time in New England.
"I think it always takes time. There's no doubt about it. I think Dez and I haven't had a lot of time on task, but at the same time, I think we're definitely getting to learn one another." - Matt Cassel
The Dallas defense will face a major task in slowing down the Green Bay Packers this weekend. Their chances of victory this time around will be enhanced by the pretense of the two linebackers whose absence in the last meeting contributed greatly to the Green Bay victory.