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That's me in the picture with Tony Romo. We have participated in a few functions together since 2006 - he is a great guy and a good friend to The Dallas Cowboys Fan Network. You can get more detailed information on The Dallas Cowboys Fan Network and hear the story about how I got to know Tony Romo here
Let's not even talk about talent right now – the three straight seasons at or below .500 tell us enough about the talent. If that isn't enough to get the team to start a serious rebuilding, then how about this: the Cowboys are getting old.
By the time next season rolls around, Tony Romo will be 33 years old. Witten will be 31. Starting fullback Lawrence Vickers will be 30 as will center Ryan Cook. On the defensive line, Kenyon Coleman will be 34, Ratliff 32, Hatcher 31 and Marcus Spears 30. DeMarcus Ware will be 31, as will starting safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
I hope we can all agree that this one is not on the defense. This was one of the worst offensive performances of the year. Not the playcalling, which was fine, but the execution.
Before I say more, I think that the Saints would almost certainly have wrapped the game up with possession at the Dallas 24, so this isn't a complaint about them getting the ball at the 2 yard line. However, there is a question of logic that needs to be answered: why is it that the ball can only be recovered by the person fumbling forward in the last two minutes of regulation, but by anyone when it happens in overtime?
Sometimes we get get a little too hung up on just one line in the stat sheet, and try to take more meaning from it than we should. For example, numerous commentators have been saying that the reason Dallas lost was that the Saints offense did a much better job converting third downs.
The numbers would seem to support that, with the Saints converting eleven of nineteen third downs, and Cowboys only two of ten. So the Dallas defense just couldn't get the Saints off the field - right?
I saw some commentary this morning suggesting that Garrett "gave up on the run" yesterday, because Murray only get 11 carries, and no other running back had even one, despite the fact that it wasn't a two score game until the fourth quarter.
Let me break it down for you, because in this case, those numbers are a little deceiving.