Despite key injuries, the Cowboys can win this Sunday.
They face a formidable foe in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs’ have come up with impressive victories and stand with a 5-2 record. After losing their season opener to the Saints, they have won five of six games
Still, the Cowboys should win.
First off, I can’t stress it enough—running game, running game, running game. I know Felix Jones is still out, but that doesn’t mean that Marion Barber should be expected to run the ball the entire game by himself. They need to incorporate Tashard Choice a little more.
Even if the Cowboys don’t think Choice is talented enough to warrant frequent carries, they should use him to, at the very least, to give Barber a break. It’s safe to say that Barber's style of running isn’t the kind that a player can do all day for every play without a break. We’d like him to, but it just isn’t possible.
That being said, the Cowboys have to execute the slant this week. If they choose not to exploit the Buccaneers tight press with Ronde Barber and Phillip Buchanon, their offense will falter.
It is absolutely crucial for Terrell Owens and Roy Williams to find a way to get past their men quickly. Obviously, the Tampa Bay linebackers are going to play a little wider, looking to pick off the ball. But, I believe in Williams, Witten and T.O. If Brad Johnson can get the ball off, they will make the catches they need to make.
Both of the wide receivers, T.O. and Williams are amazing football machines. From their impressive physiques to their commanding styles of play, they are both incredible athletes. Brad Johnson needs to find a way to GET THEM THE BALL.
We need to see Brad Johnson using more three-step-drops; he needs to get rid of the ball quickly. It's bad enough that he has to get the ball in the first place, let's see him get rid of it as soon as possible.
The offensive line isn’t playing up to par. Johnson has been rushed, hurried, sacked, and intimidated out there because they can't protect him effectively.
No one misses Tony Romo more than the Cowboy’s offensive line. He makes them look good because he is an extremely mobile quarterback. Even when he is hurried, he stays poised. With Brad Johnson trying to fill his shoes, this weakness is magnified.
People are quick to point the finger at Johnson because he had three interceptions last week. But, in my opinion, only one of those interceptions can really be placed solely on his shoulders. Of course, he shares blame in all of them, but it’s a team sport, and he didn’t have the protection he needed to get the ball down the field.
It blows my mind that I’m sitting here, analyzing what the Cowboys have to change in order to start winning games again. The roster is stacked! I know they are injured and battered. But, I’ll say it again: the roster is stacked!
I’m not superstitious, but some kind of plague is haunting their team. Players aren’t playing up to their potential. They aren’t becoming a team. They are hiding behind excuses. Who’s to blame? Who’s to know who’s to blame anymore? I don’t blame anyone, I blame them all.
I really think that if someone can flip a switch, the Cowboys can and will dominate the league. I would love to march down to Dallas and into the locker room, climb a step ladder, and smack every single Cowboy in the face and say “Wake up! You should be winning! There is no excuse for how you have been playing!”
While I doubt that would work, I think that they need a wake-up call. They have the right stuff to win. They just aren’t winning. Maybe the loss to the Rams will be that wake-up call.
I certainly hope so, because I simply cannot bear another week of awful play, awful play-calling, and awful performances on both sides of the ball.
C’mon Cowboys! Wake up!