Well, Monday night was the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys as they played the NY Giants. Unfortunately they occured in that order too.
Not one known for his mistakes, Eli Manning threw poorly and Dallas capitalized with a touchdown and a field goal early. No messing around, just getting it done. We even saw some running game emerge (a bit). There was some space for better execution, sure, but heck, it was working. Defense strong, offense working.
Phillips Challenges a meaningless 3rd down catch in the 1st quarter. What was that about? Even if he wins, it’s just a punt, if he loses (he did) the first down doesn’t do much more for the Giants than ongoing possession. Put that in the category of WTF.
Jenkins hit with another pass interference call. Not a huge play breaker, not even a big yardage issue (7 yards I believe), but here he is again. Jenkins with PI. This is bad playing and bad coaching for not getting this in control. We hear about Jenkins “playing aggressive” when it happens, but let’s call it like it is. Aggression with out discipline is sloppy and not called for. Now in fairness he also had some solid plays in his coverage, but the penalties are just a sign of discipline errors. Not good.
Romo is hit hard after a missed blocking assignment resulting in a broken clavicle. Collar bone, for those that are not among the thousands that Googled clavicle today. 🙂 He’s out, and in steps Jon Kitna. Ok Kitna is a veteran with experience playing the game, but he hasn’t taken a snap since 2008. I’m not going to jump on the Kitna isn’t good enough bandwagon. I think he has a unique chance to play #1 QB on a talented team and show what he’s got. Roy Williams agrees. However, unless he’s been getting snaps in practice more than folks think, his rise to full readiness might take 2-3 weeks, and that’s time Dallas doesn’t have. He did have 2 TDs to Dez Bryant in the 4th quarter, but it was too little too late.
Jones has said he won’t change coaches mid-season. OK don’t, but some believe that the season is over now and he can change and get some rebuilding in. Either way, it’s over for Phillips in Dallas unless Kitna can fill in and the team really steps up to play out of their skulls. They are good if they put it together, and now the only chance is to never, ever let one little thing slip by. They are not in any way looking good for a Superbowl or even playoff spot. But they can redeem some face by playing good, and if they go perfect from here on out (not betting on this) then they have a shot. I hope they prove me wrong. Romo might be back late in the season, I would hope he doesn’t return to a demoralized, poorly-coached train wreck of a once-thought-great team. Get well soon Tony, and in the mean time someone please step up an lead the ‘Boys.