Random Thoughts from the weekend
By Calvin Watkins – ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys are coming off their first loss of the Jason Garrett era, no matter how short it is, to the Saints, 30-27. After that loss we had some thoughts as the weekend comes to a close.
1. It might be time to start Felix Jones or Tashard Choice Sunday in Indy. Marion Barber has a strained calf and his status is uncertain. Barber is one of the toughest guys on the team, he will play in pain, through injury to help his team. He’s said in the past it’s not about who starts, it’s about helping the team. With Barber nicked up to the point where he could miss the Colts, game, Choice or Jones could start.
2. This talk about Tony Romo returning is a nice little story. Of course, Romo wants to play. The competitor in him says so. But long-term will it help anything? If Garrett thinks he needs Romo to help him get the job, he’s wrong. Jon Kitna has proved to be a quality backup, a player the team should bring back for 2011, the Cowboys can depend on. Romo’s next game should be in the preseason of 2011, not in late December of 2010.
3. The offensive line has played much better the last few weeks, but the future of it is uncertain. It starts with offensive line coach Hudson Houck and whether or not he will come back next year. The Cowboys could clean house among their coaching staff, so a new way of teaching things to the line could be instituted. Left guard Kyle Kosier is an unrestricted free agent. While he’s not a high-profile name such as Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode or even Doug Free for that matter, Kosier is a solid player. But the Cowboys might go younger at this position for next year. Same goes with right tackle Marc Colombo, who is not a free agent, but you wonder if Sam Young is ready to play right tackle?
4. Dez Bryant went off on the sidelines on Thanksgiving Day. The problem with this is nobody knows what was said. Bryant hasn’t spoken to the media in weeks and nobody asked Garrett or receivers coach Ray Sherman about Bryant’s rant. It’s easy to say Bryant is mad for not getting any catches vs. the Saints, but what’s wrong with that? Playmakers want the ball. Simple. Now there is a way of going about things. Bryant could take a lesson from Miles Austin and Roy E. Williams of how to do it on the sidelines and in meetings rooms. You have to be professional. Bryant is still learning.
5. Has Garrett done enough to get the job fulltime? His 2-1 mark makes him the favorite, but Jerry Jones will do his homework and interview the right candidates and see if somebody else is better. Whoever the coach is will have to shakeup the roster and coaching staff. The roster is the hard problem with both safeties becoming free agents, a left guard who is a free agent, the possibility of moving Bryant into the starting lineup, and whether or not Sean Lee is ready to start at inside linebacker are some of the questions. The offseason not only will be hard for Jones in terms of finding the right coach, but Jones the GM has some hard choices to make with the new coach, whether it’s Garrett or not, about the roster.