Last week: 17 (+0)
The Cowboys will stop underachieving once they fire Wade Phillips…oh wait… they did that 2 years ago. In an interview shown before Sunday Night Football, Owner/GM Jerry Jones said that if the GM were anyone other than him, he as Owner would have fired him by now. However, the next day, he said he will never step down. In between, the Cowboys lost yet another winnable game, this time on the road against the undefeated Falcons thanks, in large part, to Orlando Scandrick making several terrible plays.
Scandrick is the cornerback that Jones signed to a 5 year, 26 million dollar contract with 10 million guaranteed in the 2011 offseason, despite only having 11 mediocre starts under his belt. I doubt any team would have given him 10 million total on the opening market the following offseason, let alone guaranteed. This year, he’s a reverse cornerback as the Cowboys brought in Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne to boot him from the starting lineup.
Jones did a similar thing with safety Barry Church this season, signing him to a smaller deal, but still overpaying him after 3 career starts and while he was on IR. Meanwhile, Jones’ prized Head Coach Jason Garrett, who he paid big money to keep as the coach in waiting, is really struggling with play calling, which is why their offense looks so much better in the no huddle. Jones is very slowly becoming the next Al Davis, an ancient GM/Owner who should have stopped making football decisions years ago. It would be in his best interest to hire a real GM to assist with personnel moves. He could still have the final say if he wanted, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that he’s in over his head.
LT Tyron Smith: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 39 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 3 yards on 2 attempts
QB Tony Romo: 25 of 35 for 321 yards and a touchdown, 1 thrown away, 1 batted pass, 2 drops, 109.7 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 8 of 36 drop backs (1 sack, 5 of 7, 1 touchdown)
ROLB DeMarcus Ware: 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 4 quarterback hurries on 33 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle
RE Jason Hatcher: 5 quarterback hurries on 31 pass rush snaps, 2 solo tackles, 2 stops
NT Jay Ratliff: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 24 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 stop
P Brian Moorman: 4 punts for 182 yards, 3 inside 20, 2 returns for 6 yards, 44.0 net yards per punt
RT Doug Free: Allowed 4 quarterback hurries on 39 pass block snaps, run blocked for 0 yards on 2 attempts
LG Nate Livings: Allowed 1 sack and 1 quarterback hurry on 39 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for -3 yards on 1 attempt
WR Dez Bryant: Caught 1 pass for 15 yards on 3 attempts, 0.0 YAC per catch
FS Gerald Sensabaugh: Allowed 3 catches for 36 yards on 3 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist
SS Danny McCray: 6 solo tackles, 2 assists, 1 stop, 2 missed tackles, allowed 3 catches for 51 yards on 5 attempts