2019 Cowboys: And Now for Something Completely Different...

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A vintage Jerrah/Jason Garrett fraud Cowboys team. On paper they're talented enough to beat anybody but in reality they're coached poorly enough and make enough silly mental errors of their own to lose to anybody. If there's a silver lining, at least Jerrah didn't give Dak and/or Garrett bloated contract extensions when they were beating up on the little sisters of the poor to start the year.

The run defense is shockingly bad and there's been some inexplicable regression by Vander Esch, Smith, and Lawrence. Kris Richard has been the golden calf of Cowboys fan since he came in but I continue to be unimpressed.

They also might have the worst kicker/punter combo in the league and why Maher hasn't been cut yet today baffles me.
 
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Oh, it gets worse:
Maybe it didn’t just seem like the New Orleans Saints knew what was coming against the Dallas Cowboys’ offense two weeks ago.

Saints’ players told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche that they learned some of the hand signals from Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Kellen Moore from watching tape of Moore’s playing days at Boise State.
Pretty much the same thing happened when the Rams skull-fucked them right out of the playoffs 9 months ago. Clearly they didn't learn their lesson and it could be reasonably argued that the defensive regression has been aided by similar dumbfuckery.

The Cowboys are, without a doubt, the dumbest team in the league.
 

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Why the hell would Saints players admit to that? Do they not think that's useful knowledge they may be glad to keep private for any occasions in the future, this year or the next few?
 

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Why the hell would Saints players admit to that? Do they not think that's useful knowledge they may be glad to keep private for any occasions in the future, this year or the next few?
1. Wanting to act smart and cool, while sticking it to a rival they talked when they shouldn't have.
2. Now that hey have beaten Dallas it may help NO if other teams don't benefit from their ideas.

As a coach I have gotten a win by noticing something, then told the opposing coach what I saw, because it was good for me if they won their next game.
 

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Possibly the players knew one or two signals and the players are exaggerating their knowledge to screw with the Cowboys?
This is my take. I highly doubt they knew a bunch of plays before they happened. They won a close game where Dallas had two horrific fumbles and the offense struggled to move the ball consistently so they are probably feeling their oats a bit and embellishing a situation where maybe they had a jump on a couple plays.

But if the staff gave away even a couple plays, that could have very well cost them the game and it's inexcusable.
 

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FWIW,

Garrett said Tyron Smith may practice tomorrow, so they seemed to have dodged a bullet on him. That ankle roll late in the Saints game looked like a 4-6 weeker. So even if he doesn't play this week, he's almost certainly playing next week. They shouldn't need him against the Jets' awful defense anyway.
 

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If this loss doesn't spell certain doom for Garrett, it's pretty safe to say he'd never be fired.
 

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If this loss doesn't spell certain doom for Garrett, it's pretty safe to say he'd never be fired.
Next week against Philly is the big one. Lose that and the Cowboys have real problems. Win it and things are ok. Cooper’s injury is a killer.
 

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Why on Earth that timeout with :47?
Because they were unprepared as is too often the case with Garrett.

Cowboys never should have been in that position to begin with though. They played only one half of football for the 3rd straight week.
 

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Next week against Philly is the big one. Lose that and the Cowboys have real problems. Win it and things are ok. Cooper’s injury is a killer.
That game was lost long before the Cooper injury. This is the third straight week where the team didn't bother coming out of the locker room until the 3rd quarter.
 

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That game was lost long before the Cooper injury. This is the third straight week where the team didn't bother coming out of the locker room until the 3rd quarter.
Fair criticism. They’ve looked awful on offense for 3 straight weeks now. Now, it’s basically a death match with Philly rest of the way for a playoff spot. No WC coming out of this division. Still time to turn things around but margin for error is now gone. Lose to Philly and things really start to get messy heading into the bye.
 

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It's honestly hard to handicap this team. They keep outplaying their opponents on paper every week but they play some of the dumbest fuck football that they give away games. On the team stats they literally won every category against the Jets except the score.

And as already mentioned, they haven't been ready to play. Let's not forget they actually started slow against Miami and Washington too but those opponents were so bad that it didn't matter.
 

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I could make a better case that they're going to lose out than one for them making the playoffs.

Either this roster was painfully, woefully overrated, or it's the poorest coached Cowboys team since the Dave Campo Era. I'm leaning more the latter but I really don't know. There are just a lot of simply dumb mistakes being made.

The regression throughout the defense smells like coaching...they're always out of position and soft AF. I'd run 20 screen passes a game on them cause I don't think they've held one under ten yards all year. Offensively I think The Clapper started meddling after the Giants game cause it looks like patented Linehan BS...the amount of runs on first down, a telltale sign, have gone through the roof since that first week. A lot of the motion and playaction that they ran in the first week has been 86'd as well.

It seems like an innocuous moment, but you couldn't help but notice the players wanted nothing to do with slapping fives with The Clapper in the fourth quarter. It looked like a coach that's lost his team, but maybe I'm reading too much into it. And as much as he probably deserves to go if they head into the bye week under .500 and with four straight losses, I'd get rid of a bunch more of them to boot.
 
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I could make a better case that they're going to lose out than one for them making the playoffs.
Going into the season, my view of the team was that they'd either go 6-10 or 10-6. Looks like I gave them too much credit - even on the low end - because, yeah, every single one of those games remaining could very plausibly be a loss. The only games in which they should be favored going forward would be Washington and New York - and we all know how division games can go.

Offensively I think The Clapper started meddling after the Giants game cause it looks like patented Linehan BS...the amount of runs on first down, a telltale sign, have gone through the roof since that first week. A lot of the motion and playaction that they ran in the first week has been 86'd as well.
I vehemently agree. This is no longer the same offense we saw in Week 1. I'm starting to think that game plan was a product of preparation for going into the game without Elliott, moreso than some kind of fundamental shift in offensive philosophy. All the same hallmarks of years past have been there since Week 2: slow starts, running on first down, give-up runs in third and long situations, Prescott being completely underwhelming until late in the second half.

If you ask me, Garrett's influence is felt more in short yardage situations. We're seeing a return of spread out formations down at the goal line, which were a staple of the Garrett as offensive coordinator days.
 
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Any word on Cooper for this week? Or Smith?
Sounds like precautionary MRI today for Cooper. Being described as a painful thigh bruise. I’m sure Cowboys would be tempted to play him this week if they could but he’s probably missing the game with the bye week coming up.
 

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Sounds like precautionary MRI today for Cooper. Being described as a painful thigh bruise. I’m sure Cowboys would be tempted to play him this week if they could but he’s probably missing the game with the bye week coming up.
I dunno. I lean on Cooper plying if it's just a pain threshold. This game is basically a must-win for Dallas. As bad as the last 3 weeks have been, the Eagles starting 3-3 is leaving the division wide open.

If you ask me, Garrett's influence is felt more in short yardage situations. We're seeing a return of spread out formations down at the goal line, which were a staple of the Garrett as offensive coordinator days.
As soon as I saw those two short yardage plays on 3rd and 4th down in the first half around the Jets 5 yard line, I knew it was Garrett who designed those plays. It was disheartening to see.

Another observation is that in games where Dallas comes out throwing, they've instantly moved the ball. Giants game and the Green Bay game are the two that come to mind. Despite not scoring, Dallas moved the ball easily on the Packers throwing the ball in the first quarter and probably score 2 touchdowns if it weren't for the Cooper drop-turned-INT on one drive and him tripping over himself on another where he turned a 65-70 yard TD into a "mere" 40 yard gain which the Cowboys subsequently squandered. When they come out more conservative they have sucked and looked predictable on offense.