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Old 09-27-2011, 01:26 AM   #61
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Redskins at Cowboys)

I thought Kerrigan took a step back, even with that Witten mismatch aside.
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There's not a whole lot of guys in the league Hall can cover, but I don't think there was any reason to fear Dez Bryant. He couldn't get off the ball most of the game.

Now, Larry Fitzgerald? That was ridiculous.

The Dallas receivers were dreadful tonight. I wouldn't have worried about being beaten by them in a critical moment.
But still. Bryant's playing hurt... who's the one guy on their offense that can make a play on 3rd and 21. Dez Bryant. Right? So why leave a below average cover corner out there one on one agaisnt the guy that can make a play. Sorry but Haslett just totally blew it there.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:33 AM   #63
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It happens 44, hey we are a better team than last year just chill. 3-1 at the bye would really ease the pain. Rex is what he is that's y most of us wanted Beck but gotta stick w him
Let's wait and see. Not going to be an easy game for us. Short work week for a road game isn't going to be easy.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:34 AM   #64
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I thought Kerrigan took a step back, even with that Witten mismatch aside.
He's a rookie, I don't expect him to be Clay Matthews Lite every game. He still had a good game pass rushing tonight, even though he didn't collect a sack (unless that busted snap Romo fell on counts as a sack.)
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But still. Bryant's playing hurt... who's the one guy on their offense that can make a play on 3rd and 21. Dez Bryant. Right? So why leave a below average cover corner out there one on one agaisnt the guy that can make a play. Sorry but Haslett just totally blew it there.
If you had asked me before that play on 3rd and 21, generally, "can he make a play to beat us here?" my answer is, unequivocally, no.

Now if you also told me Romo would be able to escape the pocket playside and Hall would have no help? The magic 8 ball doesn't like how things are looking there. But still, 21 is a lot of yards to get, even after things go wrong at the beginning of the play.

I'm not sure a single high safety changes a thing on that play though. We would have needed to be playing a non-pressure defense to have enough guys back to defend a non-threat on a broken play. A lot of things had to go wrong for it to be Bryant v Hall fighting for a first down.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:37 AM   #66
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I am worried about two things in 3rd and 21: Jason Witten down the seam, and screen game. The danger with the zero blitz is that they run screen behind it.
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If Carlos Rogers was on the team and covering Bryant instead of hall, we win the game.
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Redskins at Cowboys)

I hope to god you aren't serious
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If Carlos Rogers was on the team and covering Bryant instead of hall, we win the game.
Well, there's still a good chance of it being a manageable 4th and short. That's assuming a completion and no run after catch, the most probable outcome when talking about Rogers.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:55 AM   #70
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Redskins at Cowboys)

Felt like I had to share this, as this blog post on the DC Sports Bog cheered me up. It's a nice compilation of all the quotes about all the love Tony Romo is getting right now, mostly actual love from ESPN and people mocking the MNF crew on Twitter.

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This isn’t journalism right here; rather, this is just a place for all football fans to gather ‘round and join the ESPN broadcast crew in lauding Tony Romo for being so awesome and amazing and studly and cool and unflappable and brave and winnable just so dang wonderful.

I wish I had the Gruden and Jaworski quotes handy, but if you were watching, you probably have some sense of what they were saying. Actually, they may have been singing Hosannas rather than strictly speaking. Or just kneeling and weeping.

Oh wait! Here’s one Jaws passage, via KSK:

“Mike, Tony Romo has DONE! HIS! JOB ! What a MEMORABLE evening by Tony Romo. He’s been getting hit all night, he’s had bad snaps all night, he’s got rookie wide receivers making mistakes, all kinds of errors on the offensive line, with a broken rib, fourth quarter, he takes his team DOWN the field, converts a third-and-21 on an electrifying play, moving around, allowing Dez Bryant to open up. Romo, WOW, so far.”
Yup. Eighteen memorable points. Six memorable field goals. One memorable floating interception. Several memorable mean faces at his teammates for screwing up.

Oh wait! Here’s Ed Werder with Romo:

Tony, you overcame a lot of unique challenges tonight. Physically, how difficult was it to just play the game and get through the hits?...How did you overcome all the bad snaps, all the wrong routes? You were doing a lot of coaching on the field
A bunch of football fans already were pointing out how amazingly memorable Romo was on Twitter, so I’ll give you a head start.

@videnieks: Tony Romo brokered middle east peace and invented pretty girls.

@LoudGoat: Tony Romo sealed the hole in the ozone layer with his heavy sighs after each incompletion.

@sixZEROnine: If Romo played in Carolina sunday. He would have walked on that water.

@thebrowncoat: I'm so glad the Second Coming has arrived in the person of Tony Romo.

@chimpanzeerage: It’s amazing how Romo marches his team down the field every time and fails to score a TD...that takes a special talent

@ChadDukes: I'm a [bleepin] REDSKINS FAN. I dont hide it. I SAY IT ON AIR. So SAY IT, Jaws! Say it Gruden!! Be a man! Say “I LOVE ROMO.” I’d respect that!

@jtannenwald: And at long last, Tony Romo does something to show that he is the greatest football player in the history of creation.

@TannerCooley: Ed Werder — “Hey Tony, what can I do to see the inside of your pants?”

@macg_og: “One of Great victories in Tony Romo's career?” no TDs and 6 FGs? ESPN so wants the Cowboys to be a good team, it’s sickening.

@matt_terl: Seriously, Jaws: how are you trying to spin this as an amazing game for Tony Romo?

@jdprose: Will Romo at least give Jaws cab money home tonight? Good God.

@branballs: How come ESPN wasn’t there when I had rib pain and still did my Haftorah at my Bar Mitzvah? Gruden’s gift would’ve been amazing.
I enjoyed that.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:42 AM   #71
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Re: Smoot Lays the Smack Down (Redskins at Cowboys)

I'm still baffled about the 3rd and 22 call. What was Haslett thinking?
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Old 09-27-2011, 05:50 AM   #72
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Look, shit happens. One bad play, one bad call. You can't win em all. Not the end of the world. This team will beat the Rams.

The Ravens, The Steelers...lots of really good defenses have been getting torched this year. I know this sounds crazy, but I think we're overreacting to one game.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:35 AM   #73
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Well...I think we saw a clearer picture of the roster but more importantly the coaching staff tonight.

1. Coaching. Haslett is awful, just awful. I've never had faith in his ability and definitely believe he was very lucky in the first two games. How can you leave Hall alone in coverage (no safety back there)? How can your blitz calls continually get picked up by one of the worst offensive lines in the league?

I honestly can't say whether we have the right personnel for the 3-4 scheme yet, and toward the bigger picture I think there's still an argument to be made this coaching/FO regime was stupid to make the switch away from the 4-3 when and how it did, but regardless Haslett isn't a winner. He's making stupid calls and taking stupid risks in his 2nd season...again, Hall in lone coverage and no safety help in a close game.

The coaching on the offensive side of the ball isn't much better. Shanny didn't stay committed to the run and let the offense get predictable.

2.) On the player side I don't have a problem giving Beck a shot. Rex is sinking (comfortably) into his bad old habits of forcing lousy passes on not protecting the football.

Jammal Brown is also in the dog house, but altogether I don't think this oline has anything to brag about. Again it begs the question of coaching/FO decisions. Why do we have the guys we do on the line in Bruce and Mike's second season?

I remember thinking last year how disappointing the new regime was in light of a championship level coach returning from a hiatus i.e. you'd expect a solid plan that produces results. This season isn't much different. Defensively, unless Orakpo and Kerrigan have great games we're very mediocre. We faced an absolutely terrible offense tonight and they scored more points than we did. Offensively, we (still) don't have a solution at QB and (still) don't have a dominant possession receiver. And most importantly we still struggle to put points on the board when it matters.
Good god, Seriously?

Are we STILL going to second guess the switch from the 4-3? Dude, it happened. Get over it. At least it was done in year one of the Shanahan era when they're rebuilding anyway.

And Haslett? He had their offense stymied for most of the game. Didn't allow a TD. By the way, we broke Romo's team record 20-game TD streak. Yeah, the 3rd and 21 bites, but that's what Romo does -- he improvises, and makes things happen when it looks like all is lost. He's done it throughout his career.

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Old 09-27-2011, 07:08 AM   #74
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I'm still baffled about the 3rd and 22 call. What was Haslett thinking?
The way things were going, we could have rushed 2, had 9 guys in coverage, and Romo still would have found his guy for the 1st down -- sometimes it just isn't meant to be. We could have seen that coming with the way every single botched snap was recovered cleanly by them. If it was the other way around, we'd have lost at least half of those snaps.
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After the night to sleep it off... If this was not the Cowboys on National TV, I wouldn't be/have been half as mad as I am.

We're not going to win them all. Rex has to protect the ball better, though. I know that's his MO, and it comes with the territory, but this is three weeks in a row that the game could have swung on one of his turnovers (and last night it did). That has to get better. I'm certainly not pinning the whole game on him, but this is why he has not had the real chances in the NFL.

Overall, through 3 weeks, I think if you asked everyone on the board if they'd take 2-1, they'd have taken it an run. I still feel good about where we're at.. we've outplayed the Giants, and I think we played better than Dallas last night (albeit beat up)...

Win or lose last night, we'll know if these are different Redskins next week. The Rams stink. They're not good, and if we want to be thought of as a good football team, we'll roll in there and take care of business and go into the bye and get ready for Philadelphia.... I wish I was confident this would happen, but I'm more hopeful than confident.
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