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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Another win that just shows the hopelessness of it all

This is turning into the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line blog. More on that in a minute.

A lot of other stuff happened, like Roy Williams absolutely stinking at a critical time, AGAIN. There was a three-man rush that gave Eli Manning three and a half days to find a receiver, which he did. And there was not going for it on 4th and two inches at the Giants 10 yard line.

Doesn’t that violate many rules, written and unwritten. As ponderous as TMQ is, his “kick early, go for it late” mantra is a pretty fair one. Then there’s the “play for the tie on the road, for the win at home” saying. And maybe it’s just a saying, but it also works.

Yeah, yeah, you should go for the win regardless, but Parcells didn’t even do that. He goes for it at the dumbest times, then two inches from a chance to put the game away (or maybe not), his testicles shrink.

Can anyone tell me how Dallas controls the clock for 40 minutes, and then with the game on the line and the defense well rested, they give up two Giant plays in a row to tie it?

But the main thing that came out of this game is how crappy the OL still is, and it could get very very worse, very very soon. Center Al Johnson had a bad game inside, and it wasn’t just getting called for holding on what would have been a TD.

But worse, Flozell Adams left the game with a sprained knee and did not return. Adams isn’t as good as he should be, but his VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) is off the chart. His replacement this day was Torrin Tucker. Surprisingly, Tucker was not a sieve, but I thought it was very strange, and dumb, that NY didn’t bring pressure immediately from his side. That won’t last.

And Tucker wasn’t good, he was just kind of… there. He’s really big, and shows some ability. It just seems like his brain doesn’t tell his feet what to do quite quick enough.

So as hard as I’ve been on the OL, I was reminded how much worse it could be. This OL is so thin, and inconsistent, I don’t see the current pattern of looking very good one game/series/play, and atrocious the next, ending any time this year.


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