Showing posts with label Dallas Cowboys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dallas Cowboys. Show all posts

Monday, January 18, 2010

It's Not Running Up the Score if Your Defense Sucks

There's no reason why the Minnesota Vikings should have been allowed to score 35 points in a playoff game--unless the defense of the Dallas Cowboys sucked.

Plainly and simply, the Dallas defense laid down. And whining about it won't help:

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking called the Vikings "classless" as Minnesota ran up the score against the Cowboys in a 34-3 loss on Sunday. Brett Favre's 11-yard touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe with 1:55 to play prompted Brooking to follow Favre to the sideline and yell at Vikings coach Brad Childress. Already up 27-3, the Cowboys felt the Vikings ran the score up at their expense. "I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful," Brooking said. "This is the NFL, that's not what this is about. I don't think there's a place for that ... I was looking for Childress. I didn't think it was right."

When your next opponent drops huge points against a team that cleaned your clock in the regular season, you want to make a statement, and Minnesota made that statement against Dallas.
Seriously--does Brooking think that the Vikings should have played their scrubs for the entire fourth quarter to allow the game to be competitive?

We're talking playoffs here. And in the playoffs, if you don't show up to play, your ass gets buried. And Dallas was buried.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Damn You, Kicking Game

Being an old defense player, I can say, without hesitation, no, the kicker should not be as important as he is in the NFL:
The Dallas Cowboys cut place-kicker Nick Folk on Monday and replaced him with Shaun Suisham, a former Cowboy.

Suisham previously kicked for Dallas in 2005 and 2006. He was released by Washington on Dec. 8 after missing a key kick -- the same problem that cost Folk his job Monday.

Folk clanged the right upright on an easy 24-yarder that would have put away Saturday night's 24-17 victory against the unbeaten Saints. Instead, the Dallas defense had to make one more stand against one of the league's best offenses.

Folk leads the NFL with 10 misses, going 18-of-28 and missing seven of his past 11.

Suisham was released by the Redskins in great part after he missed a short field goal against New Orleans, which rallied to win in overtime.

Suisham was one of five kickers the Cowboys brought to their facility for a workout Monday. The others were Shane Andrus, Parker Douglass, Steven Hauschka and Connor Hughes. Folk did not participate in the workout.

For his career, Suisham is 85-of-107 (79.4 percent). He originally signed with Pittsburgh out of Bowling Green in 2005, went to the Cowboys' practice squad and was signed to the active roster on Oct. 24. Suisham played in three games and was 3-of-4 on field goals before being released.

These teams are having a hellish season already, and now they have the kicking game to thank for it. I think this is classic scapegoat-ism. It's easy to blame the kicker, but if you refuse to put your football team in a position to lose thanks to something the kicker can or can't do, then you probably deserve to lose. Having a good kicking game is supposed to put easy points on the board for you, but if you can't score, you shouldn't expect a guy to kick nine or ten times in a game and save your team from itself.

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Cowboys Stadium Suffers Design FAIL

Whenever you're staring the cold, hard truth of sobering failure in the face, always blame someone else:
While the NFL's competition committee and the commissioner meet to consider how it should be hung -- Godzillatron, not the Cowboys' owner -- Jerry Jones adopted his traditional stance in the face of criticism: Intractability. He remained defiant, refusing to raise the videoboard, especially if it's going to cost him millions. In fact, Jerry implied, the real problem here isn't structural, it's malicious intent. To wit: Jerry believes that the Tennessee Titans' A.J. Trapasso actually meant to hit the Godzillatron.

Uh huh.

The problem, though, is that the damned thing hangs down into the field of play.

The NFL regulations say one thing, and the scoreboard itself is, apparently, five feet HIGHER than those regulations, but please. When were those regulations drafted? When they were building the Metrodome in Minneapolis?

It's common sense. If the thing is too low, teams are going to use it to their advantage when they're on the road against Dallas.

UPDATE: There's a bit of discussion on this at Fanhouse, and this late development hit today:
In a memo sent to all teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced a decision regarding potential collisions between the game ball and the video board at Cowboys stadium.

A league source tells us that the video board won't be moved, and the "do over" rule will apply.

Specifically, if a ball strikes the video board, the play will be dead at that point and the down will be replayed from the previous spot. No penalties will count, other than personal fouls.

Also, the clock will reset to the time reflected before the "do over." (And that makes sense; otherwise, a team with the lead could have told its punter to slam the ball into the video board over and over again.)

If the officials on the field don't notice the ball striking the video board, the replay assistant will be empowered to trigger a replay review -- even if the incident occurs outside the final two minutes of each half, the normal time period during which the replay assistant has the power to call upon the referee to assume the position at the portable replay booth.

And if the replay official doesn't believe the ball struck the video board but the head coach of either team thinks otherwise, a red-flag challenge will be available.

As the source pointed out, there's a hole in this rule. If the incident happens with fewer than two minutes remaining in either half, and if the replay assistant doesn't notice the collision, the coaches might not be able to challenge the outcome.

The memo indicates that the rule will apply for the balance of the 2009 season, including all remaining preseason games, all regular-season games, and any postseason games that might be played at the new venue. Goodell cited Rule 3, Section 1 in taking the unconventional approach of altering the official playing rules beyond the normal offseason procedure for doing so.

The issue likely will be revisited after the season, and the resolution of the situation for 2010 surely will be influenced by the frequency with which the punting plays in Dallas evoke memories of the old "Breakout" video game.

Regardless, the powers-that-be need to be confident in the rules by next year. Even if the Cowboys don't earn any home playoff games in 2010, there's one fairly significant postseason game that will be played at the new stadium in February 2011.

Can you see this turning into a circus?