Beat Writers Recap: Cowboys-Giants I (VERY INTERESTING STUFF … RANDY)
By Calvin Watkins – ESPN Dallas
Sorry for being late, we had a late game on Monday night, so we’ll give you a quick recap of Cowboys-Giants in our weekly Beat Writers Recap.
*DeMarcus Ware is tied for second in the NFL with eight sacks on the year and on Monday night vs. the Giants had one. The interesting thing to note is Ware had zero tackles for loss. One of the things Ware does is shed blocks and comes from behind to make tackles. Ware is one of the fastest defensive players on the team in terms of pursuit. Monday night the Giants did a nice job of doubling him from different areas. If Ware beat a tackle, a guard sometimes waited for him. Other times he would get chipped by a tight end or running back. The Giants tackles also pushed Ware further from Eli Manning enabling the quarterback to step up in the pocket without feeling pressure.
*The facts are the Cowboys are not throwing down the field more with Miles Austin. In the loss to Minnesota the previous week, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett didn’t challenge the secondary by sending Austin long. Same thing happened on Monday vs. the Giants. Austin was involved in just two of the 10 longest plays for the Cowboys Monday night. Austin made a 17 yard reception on a skinny post and gained 14 more yards on a short pass. Austin has speed and the Cowboys don’t utilize it enough by sending him down field on deep post routes. Austin should also go in motion more to possibly create mismatches because one-on-one it’s hard to tackle Austin. It seems as if the Cowboys are allowing the coverage to dictate what they do with Austin instead of attacking the coverage.
*When Tony Romo suffered a broken collarbone it might have been due fullback Chris Gronkowski‘s failure to pickup the blitz. Gronkowski, a rookie, did a chip block and released into the flat. But Michael Boley came flying untouched through a hole in the offensive line and tackled Romo to the turf after the throw. It was a clean football play, one of those plays that the league can’t say must be reviewed for a fine or suspension.
Players talk all the time about quarterbacks are protected, most times when they’re not protected by their own men, bad things happen.
*We’re not saying Cletis Gordon would have made any plays during the regular season if the Cowboys had kept him. But with Terence Newman in-and-out of the lineup with a rib injury, it left the Cowboys with just two corners, Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins, and safety Alan Ball moving to corner. On the 53-man roster the Cowboys have just three corners and decided to use Ball only in a pinch. Well, this pinch was Newman getting hurt and it’s hurting the Cowboys, who have failed to provide any depth at corner behind their big three. Yes, it was important to get two safeties on the roster, Barry Church and Danny McCray, but those gentlemen are special teams players only, for right now. Dallas should have not so much kept Gordon, but at least have started the year with four ‘real’ corners.
Notes:If the Cowboys don’t trust Dez Bryant on offense to give him more snaps, that’s fine. He needs to learn the offense. But at least make him return punts and kicks. Bryant has speed and the ability to elude defenders to make things happen. Get your playmakers the ball. … If Montrae Holland or Kyle Kosier don’t play on Sunday vs. Jacksonville, the Cowboys will play their third different left guard of the year in Phil Costa. He beatout Travis Bright in training camp for the backup centers job, then was moved back to guard fulltime early in the season. … With Jason Hatcher out for four-to-six weeks with a groin tear, Sean Lissemore might get move to the game-day roster on Sunday. Lissemore battled a groin injury himself in the early stages of camp and seemed to be on the chop block toward the end of the preseason. But Lissemore’s final two preseason game efforts impressed coach Wade Phillips enough to keep him. So, Lissemore might see some time on Sunday with Hatcher out.