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Cowboys Preview: Difference Is the D

Image aside, Tony Romo is good enough to carry this team. A reshaped D might finally get it over the hump

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Andy Benoit
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The Cowboys enter 2013 under familiar circumstances. They’re coming off an underachieving season that ended in disappointment. They’re talented on both sides of the ball, but the talk is that their window is closing. It’s not really closing; but Jerry Jones thinks it is. Which is why coach Jason Garrett’s seat might be warm for a third straight year. His play-calling duties have been handed to assistant Bill Callahan.

Garrett had been conducting the offense since 2007, the same year Tony Romo became the full-time starting quarterback. Romo is coming off a season in which he threw for more than 4,900 yards but had 19 interceptions, including a costly one late in the fourth quarter of a Week 17 loss at Washington. This, plus a new contract worth $55 million in guarantees, only augmented football fans’ polarized opinions of him.

For all the sameness in Big D, there is one noteworthy change: The Cowboys are switching to a 4-3 defensive scheme after spending the last 10 years in a 3-4 (four under Bill Parcells, four under Wade Phillips and two under Rob Ryan). The hope is that a simpler zone-based scheme will allow this group’s talented young stars to play more instinctively and generate turnovers.

To orchestrate this, Jones replaced defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his complex man-based scheme with Monte Kiffin, one of the godfathers of modern zone defense. Many view Kiffin’s hiring with incredulity. At 73 he’s now more like a zone defense grandfather who seemed to have lost his fastball during a disappointing three-year stint at USC.

What kind of scheme will he run? If he goes with the traditional Tampa 2 on which he built his legacy, he could ultimately go down as one of Jones’ worst all-time hires. If he adopts a more contemporary approach, he could help the Cowboys become legit contenders in the NFC.

DEFENSE

In the late ’90s and early ’00s, defenses that had a dynamic front four and fast linebackers could dominate in a Tampa 2. But today many of the offensive spread concepts that have become ubiquitous in the NFL inherently nullify front speed and exploit Tampa 2’s holes outside and down the seams (see graphic). There is still room for the Tampa 2 in today’s game, but mostly in obvious passing situations.

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The few teams that still regularly use Tampa 2 like it in part because it does not require much from the cornerbacks. But it also does not allow cornerbacks to dictate the action. The Cowboys have built their defense around cornerbacks. Last year they invested $25.5 million guaranteed in Brandon Carr and traded a boatload to move up eight spots and draft Morris Claiborne sixth overall. Putting these two press-man artists in a vanilla zone scheme would be a spectacular waste of resources.

Kiffin, who actually ran a lot more single-high coverage than Tampa 2 at USC, presumably understands this. One of the first things he did upon taking the Cowboys job was to instruct Carr and Claiborne to study Seahawks film during the offseason.

The Seahawks employ a uniquely aggressive Cover 3 scheme in which everyone plays zone except the outside corners, who often play press-man. Seemingly every 4-3 defensive coach would love to play this way, but they don’t have corners like Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Kiffin might. Carr is not as physical as Sherman or Browner, but he’s well-sized and a very gifted mirror-press defender. Claiborne had some growing pains as a rookie, but assuming he hones his technique, there’s no reason to think he can’t be an upper-tier press-corner.

Inside, Orlando Scandrick, though somewhat prone to penalties, has evolved into a very good man-to-man nickel slot. (He is also an excellent blitzer, for what it’s worth.) Behind him, fourth-round rookie B.W. Webb has the speedy footwork to blossom into a serviceable man-defender.

While Kiffin may have the resources at cornerback, he lacks such resources at safety. Matt Johnson, who sat out as a fourth-round rookie last year with recurring hamstring problems, is unlikely to have the range of Seattle’s Earl Thomas. Versatile third-year pro Barry Church does not have the size and ferocity of the Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor. It’s possible the Cowboys could at some point give serious snaps to backups like veteran free agent pickup Will Allen, mistake-prone Danny McCray or, more likely, third-round rookie J.J. Wilcox. Generally, the strong safety serves as an eighth man in the box, though with linebackers like Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, extra run support may not be as necessary.

The Cowboys had Lee and Carter in mind when they decided to go with a zone scheme. They want these two burgeoning stars in position to create turnovers. In Ryan’s system, the inside linebackers often had intricate, assignment-based responsibilities. In Kiffin’s system, they’ll be able to drop back, see more of the field and rely on instinct and chase speed. Lee, the slightly headier player, will operate from the Mike linebacker spot. Carter, the slightly more athletic one, will be the Will.

To ensure fewer hiccups in the defensive front seven’s transition to more zone, the Cowboys signed free agent linebacker Justin Durant, who has spent his career playing in Cover 2 schemes with the Lions and Jaguars. They also kept former Lion and Colt Ernie Sims around. He and rising undrafted third-year pro Alex Albright give this corps solid depth.

Shortly after being hired, Kiffin coaxed old friend and longtime Tampa 2 acolyte Rod Marinelli, the NFL’s preeminent instructor of one-gap front play, to come aboard as the defensive line coach. Much has been made about Marinelli’s top weapon, DeMarcus Ware, moving from outside linebacker to defensive end. In reality, almost nothing will change for the seven-time All-Pro. Ware’s new weak defensive end position carries virtually the same responsibilities as his old weak outside linebacker job.

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The guy who will be making an adjustment is Anthony Spencer. He has been an excellent playside run-defender from the strong outside linebacker spot over the years. Now, as a strongside defensive end, Spencer will often have to take on blocks much earlier in the down. If the 250-pounder does not have enough strength for that, the Cowboys could be in trouble. The top backup, 2012 third-round pick Tyrone Crawford, is out for the season (Achilles), and the remaining depth looks iffy at best.

But let’s not over-think Spencer’s new role. It’s not like he’s being asked to line up directly over the offensive tackle and mind two gaps. Kiffin and Marinelli preach immediate gap-penetration across the entire defensive line. So maybe the real question is, Can Spencer generate a good initial burst from a three-point stance?

Up front inside, the popular opinion is that Jay Ratliff will thrive now that he’s able to shoot gaps instead of play the nose. This is technically true, but understand that the four-time Pro Bowler played a lot of one-gap techniques in the previous 3-4 schemes. Plus, he’ll primarily play the one-technique now, which means shading over the center and still dealing with double-teams. The defensive tackle making the biggest adjustment is actually Jason Hatcher, who is moving into a three-technique role after frequently being an edge anchor over the years.

OFFENSE

The funny thing about Tony Romo is that his reputation for not performing in big games began with a botched field goal hold, which has nothing to do with quarterbacking. Had he gained another yard or two after scooping up the ball on that freak play in the 2006 wild-card game, Dallas would have gotten either a first down or touchdown and probably gone on to beat Seattle. Romo would have been hailed for his “moxie” and whatever other words people use to describe “winners.”

To be fair, Romo has since done a few unfortunate things to advance the narrative over the years. Headlining America’s Team, those things get magnified, skewing Romo’s reputation. Would you have guessed that this supposed choker actually has a better fourth-quarter passer rating (100.4) than every active quarterback except Aaron Rodgers (102.4)? In the last two years Romo’s passer rating in the fourth quarter when the score is within seven points has been 97.7.

Of course, stats, like public perception, can misrepresent reality. If Romo were the most clutch quarterback in football, the Cowboys would probably have more than just one playoff win during his tenure. There is still too much evidence of poor discipline in his game. He will miss an occasional pre-snap read; once in a while his dropback timing will not be in sync with his receivers’ routes; too often he gyrates in the pocket or flees before the pass rush actually arrives. These are mistakes a 33-year-old QB shouldn’t be making.

Much has been made about the news that this season Romo will participate in the coaches’ game-plan meetings early in the week. That’s not uncommon for a veteran quarterback. In those meetings, Romo would be wise to push for a thinner playbook. One problem with the Cowboys is that they tend to install a high volume of hot new plays each week at the expense of honing their staple plays.

This may be part of the reason why Dallas’ wide receivers have had so many issues with running improper routes. The leading culprit has been the electrifying but wildly inconsistent Dez Bryant. The fourth-year pro had 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns on 92 catches last season, but what these stats don’t reflect are the numerous problems his mental gaffes caused for the rest of the offense. Opposite Bryant is Miles Austin, a strong, fluid target with some game-breaking ability. Largely as a result of injuries, over the past two years Austin has averaged just 60.8 yards per game after tallying 94.4 over the two years before that.

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant connected often last year, but improved route-running from Bryant could lead to even better results.
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant connected often last year, but improved route-running from Bryant could lead to even better results. (Gus Ruelas/AP)

During this time, the Cowboys have been mostly unable to find a viable No. 3 receiver. That could soon change. Dwayne Harris showed potential late last season. Having good explosiveness and body control, Harris can create his own space after the catch. There’s also third-round rookie Terrance Williams, a 6-2, 200-pounder from Baylor who is built to play on the outside, which would allow Austin to play the slot, where he’s most effective.

Last season, according to Football Outsiders, the Cowboys spent 53.2% of their snaps in three-receiver sets, fifth highest in the league. Those figures may decrease in 2013 as Jones has directed his staff to use more dual-tight end sets. The Cowboys had great success with these formations last December, with then-sixth-round rookie James Hanna being the flexible weapon opposite Jason Witten. Hanna shows promise, but the Cowboys don’t seem willing to wait. They used the 47th pick in this year’s draft on San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar. He isn’t thought to have enormous upside, but he’s a natural pass-catcher cut in the mold of a modern hybrid tight end. He’ll get every chance to start right away.

Whoever is the No. 2 tight end will be taking a backseat to Witten. The six-time All-Pro is like an old Jeep that keeps running well. As dangerous as Bryant is, Witten, 31, remains the guy around whom many defenses still focus their coverage.

Over his career, Witten has evolved into one of the better all-around run-blockers at his position. But neither Hanna nor Escobar is much of a blocker at this point, which is why a two-tight end base offense could have adverse effects on Dallas’s run game. To make room for Hanna and Escobar, the Cowboys cut fullback Lawrence Vickers, one of the game’s best lead blockers.

Vickers’ departure could have unforeseen negative repercussions given that running back DeMarco Murray, with his upright, downhill style and decent-but-far-from-great lateral agility, is probably best suited to run behind a lead blocker. (Murray’s numbers agree; according to Outsiders, in 2011, when he was fully healthy and Dallas’ offensive line was not a mess, Murray averaged almost a full yard more per attempt on 1st-and-10 carries out of two-back sets than he did on 1st-and-10 carries out of one-back sets.) Of course, none of the run designs for Murray are relevant if he can’t stay healthy.

The Cowboys, who saw their run game fall to 31st amid Murray’s foot injuries last year, don’t have many other options in the backfield. Phillip Tanner has shown some juice, but his struggles in pass protection jeopardize his coaches’ faith. With the oft-injured Felix Jones not re-signed, the only other options in the backfield are fifth-round rookie Joseph Randle and undrafted second-year man Lance Dunbar.

Just about everything that has been said about Dallas’ offense so far becomes moot if the front five doesn’t get better. A lot of Romo’s woes have been connected to an understandable—though sometimes excessive—distrust in his protection. The main weak link has been right tackle Doug Free. Since signing a lucrative contract in 2011, Free has been flagged for a league-high 15 offensive penalties and unable to keep even the meekest of bull-rushers at bay. Many expected the Cowboys to part ways with the 29-year-old this past offseason. But unable to stomach the idea of Jermey Parnell starting at right tackle, and unable find a viable veteran on the open market, the Cowboys instead chose to take their chances and force Free into a 50% pay reduction.

Opposite Free, 2011 first-round pick Tyron Smith has been inconsistent, though that’s attributed largely to youth. Smith’s light feet give him a chance to be an upper-echelon left tackle one day. He must first get better against powerful pass rushers.

The same can be said about the interior of Dallas’ line, which was badly exposed once center Phil Costa was lost to a foot injury last season. Costa had flashed occasional dominance as a run-blocker. But as he returns, he could find himself cast with the second string, as first-round pick Travis Frederick is slated to start at center. It’s possible Costa and Frederick could both wind up starting, with one of them moving to guard and replacing the iffy Mackenzy Bernadeau on the right side. On the left side is the unremarkable Nate Livings, assuming his bum knee eventually gets right. They Cowboys have been scrambling to find fallback options at this position. They agreed to a deal with Brandon Moore earlier this offseason for that very reason, but Moore surprisingly decided to retire shortly after.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker Dan Bailey has good power and accuracy. Last season he was successful on 93.5% of his field goal attempts, which tied for second best in the league. Chris Jones won the punting job last season but suffered a partially torn ACL in October. He briefly played through it before winding up on injured reserve. The Cowboys expect him to bounce back. In the return game, Dwayne Harris can be electrifying enough to make coaches feel okay about keeping more valuable assets (like Dez Bryant) out of these duties. Harris averaged just 19.1 yards on kickoffs last year but an impressive 16.1 yards on punts, which ranked second in the league.

BOTTOM LINE

The talent is here, and the “choker” rep of the quarterback (and, consequently, the team) is overblown. If the defense stays healthy and takes to the new scheme, the Cowboys will contend in the NFC.

60 comments
ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

I hope I am wrong but when I read this I just think, "blah, blah, blah".  You can find an article like this about the Cowboys every pre-season and they will eventually find their way to 8-8.  It's not that they don't have talented players.  I just think Jerry Jones runs an 8-8 organization—a highly profitable one.

RaymondTippett
RaymondTippett

I think a lot of you really didn't look at what we really had last year, for 1 are defense was completely depleted, are offensive line was the weakest it has ever been due to injury  as well as are running backs. and thru all that we were still there at the end, to me that is incredible. this year we have a center that ,to me looks great free looks solid and back to form, murray looks healthy and ready to go are defense is all back were solid on both sides of the ball this year and we have the depth that we didn't have last year. all these points are pointing to a very successful year! so wither the defense can handle the change  common most of the players we have are built for this scheme. were in great shape on both sides of the ball. sure there will be some hiccups but there wont be no where near as bad of years late!!! FAITH ! cowboy nation FAITH!! 

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

That Offensive line is scary.  In a draft rich with Offensive lineman, the 'Boys only took one.  Not a good way to address a major weakness.  I will be highly surprised if Romo makes it upright through another 16 game schedule in 2013.

mystafugee
mystafugee

What a bunch of fluff pieces, might as well say for a team like Cleveland or Jacksonville "well if every one of their opponents come down with food poisoning the day of the game, they have a solid shot at finishing 10-6"

jedmond1971
jedmond1971

Not sure I agree with everything written here, however, having some key players back like Sean Lee and Demarco Murray (just for example) should make for more consistent performances for Dallas. In my opinion, Dallas as been on the cusp of being a true contender for a couple of years now, but can't seem to get over the hump - losing many games that they had right in their hand - right at the very end. Dallas fans always have a reason to be hopeful. Dallas fans are also used to the criticism from haters - just be prepared for the taunting when Dallas smashes your team in the turf. Karma....

billthompsonbaby
billthompsonbaby

Andy,

Giving us Romo's stat for all 4th quarters does not refute the perception that he chokes in BIG GAMES.

If you look at games the Cowboys need to win to get into the playoffs, and look at the playoff games Romo has played in, you see he's nothing like the 104 QB rating you tout.

Playoff game QB ratings: 89.6, 64.7, 104.9, 66.1

He had one good playoff game - a Wild Card game against a weak Eagles team.

Last year, he had a QB rating of 55.9 against Washington. A win would have put them into the playoffs. That was a BIG GAME.


DD
DD

Cowboys drop to 9-7 and miss playoffs after Romo lines up behind center but forgets to use hands to take the snap.

When it happens please remember where you saw it first.

AlainLapointe
AlainLapointe

Dallas may be a good regular season team but not enough gamers to go further

gary41
gary41

"If the defense stays healthy and takes to the new scheme, the Cowboys will contend in the NFC."  What a summation.  Everyone knows the Cowboys have talent and everyone knows they have contended in the NFC East for years.  What they have lacked is talent directed toward specific schemes.  Kiffin is the right coach for the 4-3 and hybrid variations.  Nonetheless, whether they have the versatility--speed and skills to duplicate the Carroll Seahawk type 4-3 defense, in a division with generally softer defenses, is a valid point.  The description of this defense, however was pretty weak.  Here's a useful link:  www.fieldgulls.com/football-breakdowns/2013/6/4/4350052/seahawks-defense-pete-carroll-leo-and-5-tech

MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

Woefully out-of-date article. It's a pity. I expected better from MMQB. Don't know after this whether I'll return.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

For readers familiar with both the game and the team this seems like a simple regurgitation of other writer's work the last couple of months.  There are football facts that are simply incorrect, and developments with the team that are overlooked.  Then the writer tosses in a more current reference to a signing that did not culminate in the player joining the team.  Sloppy and weak.  Next time select a writer who is actually interested in writing about the Cowboys...

PaulSharpe
PaulSharpe

Poor article...  Dallas gave up a "boatload" for Claiborne??!   They traded a 2nd to move to #6, universally acknowledged to be a 'steal of a deal'...  And Lawrence Vickers, one of the game’s best lead blockers, was HORRIBLE...  Pay attention to facts before writing this trash.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Failed expectations EVERY year for the Cowboys. It must be very aggravating for their fans.

OraPike
OraPike

I live in dallas---loved the cowboys but now---will be pulling for Peyton and the Broncos.  D day in dallas is when we get invaded by a GM who knows football---jerry jones even said they should fire the GM but he owns the team.  Boy what we would have done with Jimmy those years??? wow

RyanW97
RyanW97

This is a very poorly written article that is so out of date. A simple read of dallascowboys.com articles over the offseason would have given you the proper information for something so "deep". The problems:

1. It will be Bernadeau at RG, Frederick at C, and in today's game David Arkin will start at LG, a name you didn't even mention. Livings is hurt and missed training camp and in that time Ronald Leary took the starting job but also recently got a knee scope. 

2. You mention Phillip Tanner as though he's the backup when in reality it's Lance Dunbar and he has looked explosive in camp.

3. Lawrence Vickers may once have been one of the best, over three years ago. 

4. Dez Bryant has the physical tools to be one of the top 3 WRs in the NFL and is becoming a complete receiver. He continues to get better each year and you will not see those mental gaffs now. One must remember that he only played 2.5 seasons of college.

5. Anthony Spencer and Demarcus Ware played DE in college and Ware was the best player in training camp. 

6. Will Allen will for sure be starting next to Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox seems to have the makings of a great safety but is too raw mentally.

I really like the website, and this will not change that but it sucks to know the quality of the others might not be what I had thought previously. 

FollowMeFishingCharters
FollowMeFishingCharters

I have never posted a comment on any site before, but after reading this article, I have to say that Benoit needs to get better information before writing such a detailed article. Give just a few quick examples, Vickers was not even close to being one of the best fullbacks in the nfl. In fact, he graded out badly as a lead blocker last yr, Spencer played his entire college career with his hand on the ground, so it won't be much of an adjustment for him switching to a 4-3 defensive end, lastly Costa didn't hurt his foot last season, he was out with a bad back. I could go on, but I think my point has been made. Don't believe everything you read, except of course, if u r reading the Bible. I expected better from a Peter King website. I can see The Boys winning the East & winning a home playoff game this year.

fourleafclover1
fourleafclover1

If Dallas uses the Tampa 2 defense they had better have a fast middle linebacker. It's weird how Jones tells his offense to run two tight end plays more often,

roberttousley
roberttousley

I'm pleasantly surprised at how MMQB stays away from cliche' talking points and focuses instead on substantive analysis (technique, positions within a particular scheme, etc.). 


Hampton180
Hampton180

@jedmond1971 If not making the playoffs or failing to advance year after year is on the cusp then you may be right.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@billthompsonbaby You make a very valid point.  I for one, however, am anxious to see what Romo could do with a team that can take a lead early, and let the running game and D close it out.  Romo has had to spend too much time trying to outscore opponents instead being an effective QB.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@DD You came to a Cowboys thread to post something witty and insulting.  Fail.  I'm surprised your hands did not fall asleep while you were typing that.  However, I would not be shocked to learn one of your hands falls asleep frequently out of boredom and disinterest...

therealmdd
therealmdd

@DD How is supposedly going 9=7 a drop after going 8-8 in 2012 ?

KevinG
KevinG

@DD They "drop" to 9-7?  Were they not 8-8 last year? 

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@AlainLapointe Perhaps you would be so kind as to share with us which team you follow.  Then we can post vague, impotent rhetoric there also...

KevinG
KevinG

@AlainLapointe fantastic insight Alain.  The way you explained that prediction with such accuracy and supporting documentation was nothing short of amazing.  You must be a journalist in real life...

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@MarkCalasade Personally, I would really enjoy seeing a story from Jenny Vrentas on the Cowboys...

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@MarkCalasade With the exception of a couple of articles, the writing here has been pretty terrific.  I would give it another chance.  But you are absolutely right about this piece, it stunk.

KevinG
KevinG

@Rickapolis Doubt they failed expectations when they won 5 super bowls buddy....

Beauregard J. Allen
Beauregard J. Allen

@OraPike oh so now you're a Bronco fan? what team will you root for when Denver goes into a similar rut that every other sports franchise goes into?

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@OraPike Yes, you seem like a true, loyal fan.  So now that Peyton is in Denver, you hop on the Mile High bandwagon.  Good riddance.

KevinG
KevinG

@OraPike Totally agree, but living in the past is pointless.  It is what it is and we have what we have....a good owner who is also a terrible GM.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@RyanW97 Well said, Ryan.  If the writer had bothered to look, he might have noticed that Murray had a different FB and a different blocking scheme two years ago.  But that would have required some actual research.  Not sure how he overlooked Ronald Leary, who has been a pleasant surprise and seems to have the LG position if he is indeed healthy in a couple of weeks.  There was absolutely zero insight or anything new in this piece.

DD
DD

Now that is witty enigmatic1. Actually I find the hype the Cowboys inevitably get each year amusing.

DD
DD

My bad......meant to say they end up 9-7....

Beauregard J. Allen
Beauregard J. Allen

@enigmatic1 @AlainLapointe i always find it funny, the same ppl who complain and make statements regard how much they detest the cowboys being called America's Team, are the same ppl constantly trolling in Cowboy blogs, etc. i don't read Packer blogs or stories on the Giants.

JDtempe1
JDtempe1

@enigmatic1 @OraPike I was a bit confused here. Was he a Colts fan in Dallas when Peyton was there? He said he was a Dallas fan until Peyton went to Denver, right? So ... he's always had a soft spot for the Broncos (sympathy from the Super Bowl XII shellacking, perhaps) but could not be a fan of them while the likes of Jay Cutler or Tim Tebow were under center?

Or maybe he's just been waiting for a good reason to protest Jerry's Era (Error?) as GM?

JDtempe1
JDtempe1

@KevinG @OraPike "living in the past is pointless"

Said the guy thumping his chest about 5 Super Bowl wins - the last coming almost two decades ago.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@DD Then talk to the media, like the noob that wrote this piece.  Cowboys fans could do without the hype as well.  We've waited too long to see it on the field, agreed.  I hope your team is successful as well this season, best of luck to you :-)

JDtempe1
JDtempe1

@Beauregard J. Allen @JDtempe1 @KevinG @OraPike Here's the thing: I don't generally see Browns fans (for instance) constantly talking about how this is the year they're going to win the title. Or Chargers fans. Or Bills Fans. Or Vikings fans. Or ... well, you get the idea. Nor do I often hear Browns fans bragging about the 10 straight title games they were in ... because it was so long ago.

Beauregard J. Allen
Beauregard J. Allen

@JDtempe1 @enigmatic1 @KevinG @OraPike that's not the fans predicting SB's, thats usually the extremely bias sports media attempting to set us up for failure.

marrion barber-out of the league

roy williams, WR-out of the league

roy williams, S- out of the league

three players that were going to take us over the type, out of the league by 30 yrs old.

the MEDIA hypes the cowboys, and as someone pointed out a bit earlier, us fans could do without the constant coverage and analysis. 

Beauregard J. Allen
Beauregard J. Allen

@JDtempe1 @KevinG @OraPike and what does that say about the difficulty of winning consistent SB's or the rest of the league; b/c we still are tied for the second most of all time.

so it seems to me, that the Cowboys aren't the only team that has gone some time without winning...

JDtempe1
JDtempe1

@enigmatic1 @JDtempe1 @KevinG @OraPike You must indeed be right that the ability to read does not guarantee comprehension (or the ability to spell correctly, as long as you want to start throwing out English smack). If it did, KevinG would probably have been able to infer that the OP who suggested disappointments occurred every year was employing hyperbole. Hyperbole based mostly on the last 15 years, when the commentariat and bandwagon Cowboy fans (which, to be fair, I doubt either you or Kevin qualifies as) annually pick the Cowboys to win the East/conference/Super Bowl (pick one, two or three from that list), tell the world that Tony Romo will finally prove to be an elite, Staubach or Aikman level QB, etc.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@JDtempe1 @KevinG @OraPike Apparently the ability to read does not gurantee comprehension.  While we have experienced a real drought in the postseason the past several years, the Cowboys are hardly disappointing EVERY season.  And KevinG was not criticizing the lady for her point of view. He merely pointed out that while we had some success in the past, it's a good idea to support your team today, even if they are not as successful.  Respect the past, embrace the present.  Sounds pretty balanced to me.

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

@JDtempe1 @KevinG @OraPike Kevin merely responded with a relevant fact when Rickapolis stated the Cowboys disappoint EVERY year.  It's even been awhile for the Patriots, even.

JDtempe1
JDtempe1

@KevinG @JDtempe1 @OraPike So in Cowboyland, it's okay to criticize others for living in the past, but okay for you to do so yourself? As long as it supports whatever point you are attempting (not very well) to make? You're certainly a Cowboy fan, I'll give you that.

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