Stock Report: McGee up, Colombo down
By Calvin Watkins
‘The Cowboys have one game remaining in their regular season, Sunday afternoon in cold, snowy Philadelphia. But in sunny Glendale, Ariz., the Cowboys lost a lead in stunning fashion after a rally only to fall, 27-26, to the Cardinals.
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The fans want to see just two players: Tashard Choice and Stephen McGee. Well, McGee got his chance and led the Cowboys on a fourth-quarter comeback that finished with his stunning 37-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin. The Cowboys brought McGee along slowly until he was able to find a comfort level with the offense, and the team saw some positive results. If Jon Kitna can’t go this week, McGee gets the start.
There are always questions about Felix Jones’ durability, but he gained 77 yards on 16 carries in the loss. He played with a sore shin and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. He hit the hole fast and was patient when there was nothing there. If this game showed the Cowboys anything, it’s that Jones should be the starter full time in 2011.
The best defender on the team deserves better, but he’s not going to get it. He’s playing for a 10-loss team with nothing to play for. Still Ware is fighting through double-teams, and Christmas night he had one sack, two tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry.
He threw a few passes that left us wondering what he was doing. Two balls were thrown at defenders with their backs to the line of scrimmage. One of his interceptions was off Roy Williams‘ hands, but the ball was thrown behind him. He’s got to be accurate. He suffered a left oblique muscle injury vs. the Cardinals which might end his season.
In 60 games with the Detroit Lions, Williams had just one game with no catches. In 39 games with the Cowboys, Williams has five games with zero catches. The latest no-catch effort came Saturday night. The Cowboys targeted him just twice and with McGee on the field, the team went with more two tight end, one receiver sets, but something is not right with the offense when it comes to Williams.
We’re not sure if Football Outsiders, Pro Football Focus and offensive line coach Hudson Houck are going to give the starting right tackle a high grade, but defensive end Calais Campbell put a hurting on him for most of the night. Campbell had one sack and a quarterback hurry. Colombo has a nicked up elbow — it was heavily tapped up all week in practice and in the game — but his footwork wasn’t very good and it might be time to give Sam Young a chance to play in the regular season finale at Philly.