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 10 years ago '05        #1751
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3-0 and nomore 0-5 in Green Bay

 09-22-2008, 07:58 AM         #1752
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Not as much as the Eagles game, but this is a gratifying victory. All those @ssholes picked us to lose and we won...the Packers didn't even get in the endzone until the 4th quarter yet they were suppose to be the best offense.


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 10 years ago '05        #1753
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Anybody notice MIKE JENKINS MIKE JENKINS MIKE JENKINS!!! has been spending a lot of time on the field the last couple of weeks? :applause:

 09-22-2008, 03:26 PM         #1754
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Cowboys Weeee Theee Beeessssstttttt....Yay!!!

 09-23-2008, 02:21 AM         #1755
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 PIRATEGANG said
Cowboys Weeee Theee Beeessssstttttt....Yay!!!
:disdain2: and he lives in jersey

 09-23-2008, 05:10 AM         #1756
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^^..."America's" Team for a reason.

 09-23-2008, 06:12 AM         #1757
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"Miles Austin Just Too Fast For Packers"


Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
September 22, 2008 3:16 AM

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A year ago, Miles Austin made two of the biggest plays of the game to help beat the Packers. Yet, neither one of them showed up on the stat sheet.

This year, Austin made just two plays again.

Not only are they in the stats, but they'll be splattered all of over the highlights this week.

This Lambeau Field coming-out-party for Miles Austin is just one example of the drastic improvements the third-year receiver has made in his young, but budding career.

In just two catches Sunday night during the Cowboys' 27-16 win over the Packers, Austin totaled 115 yards with a touchdown. His inexperience running in the open field is the only reason he didn't have two touchdowns.

But in a game that didn't really look as close as the final score, Austin was the difference maker.

It was Austin coming up with the big plays to stretch the field. It was Austin who broke the Packers' back. As a result, it was Austin standing on that podium at the end of the game, fielding dozens of questions from reporters.

Clearly, Miles Austin wasn't the only reason the Cowboys handed it to the Packers here Sunday night. Marion Barber and Felix Jones did their part.

And the defense, fresh off yielding four touchdowns last week to the Eagles, kept the Packers out of the end zone for more than three and a half quarters, allowing just a late touchdown to Green Bay that made the game look closer than it was, and give those always happy-to-be-here Packers fans something to cheer about.

It was a team effort for sure. This Cowboys team is finding new ways to win games.

But Sunday night, it was Miles Austin standing out.

Add up those receiving numbers for six guys. And not just any guys, but the likes of Terrell Owens, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Patrick Crayton and Tony Curtis.

Those six receivers caught 14 passes for 108 yards. That's right, 108.

Mr. Austin had himself a career night, with 115 yards on just two catches.

OK, before you get to your e-mail to point out that Austin was the beneficiary of playing alongside such Pro Bowl receivers, save it. I get it. I understand that defenses have to key on Owens with two guys, and the same is being said for Witten.

Hey, even Patrick Crayton is getting some extra attention. He didn't even catch one pass Sunday night, but several teams in the game the Packers dropped a linebacker back into coverage towards Crayton when he ran underneath routes.

So someone else has to make the plays. How about Miles Austin?

His first big play came midway through the third quarter with the Cowboys leading 13-9 following a Packers' field goal.

Tony Romo stepped up and nearly dumped off a short pass to Felix Jones before he saw Austin streaking over the middle on a post pattern. He fired the ball to Austin, who made the catch in stride and would've scored had he not changed his direction to the end zone.

"I don't know what I was doing," Austin said. "I'm not really used to running that play, even in college. I usually don't the ball in the middle of the field that way. I didn't really think anyone was behind me. But I just went straight instead of keeping the angle."

Instead of out-running the defense to the end zone, Austin gave safety Nick Collins an angle to tackle him at the Packers' 3. Two plays later, Barber found the end zone for a touchdown.

"I can't believe I didn't get in," Austin said. "That was a dumb mistake, I guess."

I'm sure Barber's fantasy owners appreciated it. And it wasn't like Austin didn't make up for it later.

With the Cowboys leading 20-9 early in the fourth quarter, it was looking like an offensive drive to forget. A holding penalty on Andre Gurode was declined because Romo was also flagged for an intentional grounding pass.

And not to turn this into a whine party on the refs, but I really hate that call. The spirit of that rule is for quarterbacks who are about to get sacked and throw the ball away with no receiver in the area.

But on that play, Jason Witten turned left and Romo threw right. It wasn't intentional grounding. It was unintentional screw-up. It happens. The officials need to hold their flags on that one.

Because that penalty is 10 yards and a loss of down, it sets up plays like third-and-20. OK, so there aren't many plays designed to get a first down.

Of course, you could always just get your fastest wide receiver to run down the sideline, throw the ball up for grabs and see what happens.

What happened was Austin out-jumping a defender to make the catch, allowing him to stroll into the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown.

"I have a lot of confidence in Miles," Romo said. "He's really coming into his own. You can see that he's a guy who has confidence to go up and make a play. And that's what he did."

And what he did was virtually put the game away.

How demoralizing that must be for the Packers. They've got Terrell Owens contained all night. He catches two passes for 17 yards. Jason Witten has just 67 receiving yards and they hold Crayton without a catch.

But they have no answer for Miles Austin.

And the reason is simple. Speed. Isn't this the speed the Cowboys were looking for?

Trust me, this next statement comes with extreme caution. But in a way, Austin gives the Cowboys and this offense what they missed last year with Terry Glenn out.

And no, I'm not saying Miles Austin is Terry Glenn. Not even close. Not now and he probably never will be.

But speed is speed. Faster than the defense is still faster than the defense.

And Austin was easily faster than the Packers' defense on this night, and even last year, too.

In that showdown of 10-1 teams last November at Texas Stadium, the biggest storyline of that game was obviously Brett Favre's injury, which forced Aaron Rodgers into action.

Tony Romo threw four touchdowns, two to Crayton and one to Owens, who shoveled popcorn down his face mask after his score.

As for Austin, he didn't catch a pass. Yet, some would argue that he was the biggest difference in the game.

On two occasions, Austin ran straight past the defense, drawing a pair of pass interference penalties inside the Packers' 5-yard line. Both plays resulted in zero offensive yards and no catches for Austin, who at the time, still had yet to record a regular-season reception. But both plays set up touchdowns for the Cowboys, who held for the 10-point win.

"That was the same thing as tonight," Austin said. "With the weapons we've got on the outside, it forces (the defense) to make decisions. All night long they roll a safety over to T.O. and they try to do the same with Witten. So it usually left me alone. So you've just got to take advantage.

"The same thing happened last year. But I like this game a little better."

That's because Austin seems to be a better player. And with the role he plays, adding yet another speed dimension to this team, it only makes this already-high-powered offense even better as well.


I had a feeling since mini camp that Austin would make a difference this season.

 10 years ago '05        #1758
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"Miles Austin Just Too Fast For Packers"


Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
September 22, 2008 3:16 AM

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A year ago, Miles Austin made two of the biggest plays of the game to help beat the Packers. Yet, neither one of them showed up on the stat sheet.

This year, Austin made just two plays again.

Not only are they in the stats, but they'll be splattered all of over the highlights this week.

This Lambeau Field coming-out-party for Miles Austin is just one example of the drastic improvements the third-year receiver has made in his young, but budding career.

In just two catches Sunday night during the Cowboys' 27-16 win over the Packers, Austin totaled 115 yards with a touchdown. His inexperience running in the open field is the only reason he didn't have two touchdowns.

But in a game that didn't really look as close as the final score, Austin was the difference maker.

It was Austin coming up with the big plays to stretch the field. It was Austin who broke the Packers' back. As a result, it was Austin standing on that podium at the end of the game, fielding dozens of questions from reporters.

Clearly, Miles Austin wasn't the only reason the Cowboys handed it to the Packers here Sunday night. Marion Barber and Felix Jones did their part.

And the defense, fresh off yielding four touchdowns last week to the Eagles, kept the Packers out of the end zone for more than three and a half quarters, allowing just a late touchdown to Green Bay that made the game look closer than it was, and give those always happy-to-be-here Packers fans something to cheer about.

It was a team effort for sure. This Cowboys team is finding new ways to win games.

But Sunday night, it was Miles Austin standing out.

Add up those receiving numbers for six guys. And not just any guys, but the likes of Terrell Owens, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Patrick Crayton and Tony Curtis.

Those six receivers caught 14 passes for 108 yards. That's right, 108.

Mr. Austin had himself a career night, with 115 yards on just two catches.

OK, before you get to your e-mail to point out that Austin was the beneficiary of playing alongside such Pro Bowl receivers, save it. I get it. I understand that defenses have to key on Owens with two guys, and the same is being said for Witten.

Hey, even Patrick Crayton is getting some extra attention. He didn't even catch one pass Sunday night, but several teams in the game the Packers dropped a linebacker back into coverage towards Crayton when he ran underneath routes.

So someone else has to make the plays. How about Miles Austin?

His first big play came midway through the third quarter with the Cowboys leading 13-9 following a Packers' field goal.

Tony Romo stepped up and nearly dumped off a short pass to Felix Jones before he saw Austin streaking over the middle on a post pattern. He fired the ball to Austin, who made the catch in stride and would've scored had he not changed his direction to the end zone.

"I don't know what I was doing," Austin said. "I'm not really used to running that play, even in college. I usually don't the ball in the middle of the field that way. I didn't really think anyone was behind me. But I just went straight instead of keeping the angle."

Instead of out-running the defense to the end zone, Austin gave safety Nick Collins an angle to tackle him at the Packers' 3. Two plays later, Barber found the end zone for a touchdown.

"I can't believe I didn't get in," Austin said. "That was a dumb mistake, I guess."

I'm sure Barber's fantasy owners appreciated it. And it wasn't like Austin didn't make up for it later.

With the Cowboys leading 20-9 early in the fourth quarter, it was looking like an offensive drive to forget. A holding penalty on Andre Gurode was declined because Romo was also flagged for an intentional grounding pass.

And not to turn this into a whine party on the refs, but I really hate that call. The spirit of that rule is for quarterbacks who are about to get sacked and throw the ball away with no receiver in the area.

But on that play, Jason Witten turned left and Romo threw right. It wasn't intentional grounding. It was unintentional screw-up. It happens. The officials need to hold their flags on that one.

Because that penalty is 10 yards and a loss of down, it sets up plays like third-and-20. OK, so there aren't many plays designed to get a first down.

Of course, you could always just get your fastest wide receiver to run down the sideline, throw the ball up for grabs and see what happens.

What happened was Austin out-jumping a defender to make the catch, allowing him to stroll into the end zone for a 52-yard touchdown.

"I have a lot of confidence in Miles," Romo said. "He's really coming into his own. You can see that he's a guy who has confidence to go up and make a play. And that's what he did."

And what he did was virtually put the game away.

How demoralizing that must be for the Packers. They've got Terrell Owens contained all night. He catches two passes for 17 yards. Jason Witten has just 67 receiving yards and they hold Crayton without a catch.

But they have no answer for Miles Austin.

And the reason is simple. Speed. Isn't this the speed the Cowboys were looking for?

Trust me, this next statement comes with extreme caution. But in a way, Austin gives the Cowboys and this offense what they missed last year with Terry Glenn out.

And no, I'm not saying Miles Austin is Terry Glenn. Not even close. Not now and he probably never will be.

But speed is speed. Faster than the defense is still faster than the defense.

And Austin was easily faster than the Packers' defense on this night, and even last year, too.

In that showdown of 10-1 teams last November at Texas Stadium, the biggest storyline of that game was obviously Brett Favre's injury, which forced Aaron Rodgers into action.

Tony Romo threw four touchdowns, two to Crayton and one to Owens, who shoveled popcorn down his face mask after his score.

As for Austin, he didn't catch a pass. Yet, some would argue that he was the biggest difference in the game.

On two occasions, Austin ran straight past the defense, drawing a pair of pass interference penalties inside the Packers' 5-yard line. Both plays resulted in zero offensive yards and no catches for Austin, who at the time, still had yet to record a regular-season reception. But both plays set up touchdowns for the Cowboys, who held for the 10-point win.

"That was the same thing as tonight," Austin said. "With the weapons we've got on the outside, it forces (the defense) to make decisions. All night long they roll a safety over to T.O. and they try to do the same with Witten. So it usually left me alone. So you've just got to take advantage.

"The same thing happened last year. But I like this game a little better."

That's because Austin seems to be a better player. And with the role he plays, adding yet another speed dimension to this team, it only makes this already-high-powered offense even better as well.


I had a feeling since mini camp that Austin would make a difference this season.

If Miles can continue to stretch the field like he did on Sunday night and preseason then this offense will be unstoppable, high powered force. We already know about TO and Witten, then you add in Miles, Crayton, Bennett and a healthy Hurd to the receiver corps. Lord have mercy. Then the two headed monster at running back of MBIII and Felix. I see 13-14 wins this season.

 09-24-2008, 06:06 AM         #1759
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^^I feel you, there's no reason for us not to be more dominant this season. We just need to finish, and we'll be in the Bowl.

I didn't post the article about Felix, but Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips are looking like geniuses for picking him when they did...a TD in all 3 games.

And as for Bennett, he's been pretty decent on special teams and has made some good catches. I just don't know why we don't go to him in the redzone...the n*gga's 6'6" 260! ...no linebacker's fu*kin with him.

 10 years ago '08        #1760
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Giants on top:dancingcool:


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 10 years ago '05        #1761
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sh*tty game. Newman looked like crap today

 10 years ago '04        #1762
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we ran the ball less than 15 times..with marion barber AND felix jones:banghead:

newman was on skates...he looked awful

 09-29-2008, 04:15 PM         #1763
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haha nice job dallas my skins took u down

 10 years ago '05        #1764
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Wow fellas wtf happened? The friggin' D looked like they went into the game thinking they was going to be tossing bodies. Knowing that the foreskins always play us good in Dallas. Where the hell are the turnovers? There are two teams not a single Int and we're one of them. Anthony Henry is as slow as Lb. T.O. dropping sh*t but, says he is trying hard. Not enough of Kat being used enough. J could throw him out there in the slot or something and use him that way. Is it me or is Tank starting to look like a bad sign. Sorry for the vent. It's still Dallas All day Baby.

 10-04-2008, 07:03 PM         #1765
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 muhlhockey10 said
haha nice job dallas my skins took u down



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October 2, 2008 6:15 PM

Cowboys Look To Tighten Up Man Coverage


IRVING, Texas - Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips made one thing very clear when he first took over some 20 months ago.

While he arrived in Dallas with a specific defensive scheme, he has always stated that he fits the system around his players and their talents, rather than asking the players to fit the scheme.

Cornerbacks such as Terence Newman and Adam Jones and Anthony Henry might prefer to play more man-to-man coverage than zone, but the Cowboys and Phillips' defense has been playing a majority of zone coverage here in the first four games.

The players have indicated they would like to play closer to the line of scrimmage at times, but so far the coaching staff is hoping to see some improvement in that area.

"We haven't played man as well as I'd like to play," head coach Wade Phillips said. "We say we have guys that can play man, but we haven't played man that well.

We've been trying to and some games we did play well. There were some series and games that we played well man-to-man, but we're not there man-to-man-wise yet."

And that was evident in the Cowboys' loss to the Redskins on Sunday, although the team played its cornerbacks mostly off the ball.

That seemed to work right into the Redskins' hands as Washington used its West Coast Offense and ran many short passes against the Cowboys' off coverage.

Newman, who admitted to playing one of his worst games of his career, said after the game that he wished the team mixed up the coverages more.

"They knew what we were going to be in . . . they got us on a couple calls," Newman said. "We just didn't adjust as much as I thought we should've early on. We have to mix it up a little bit. But I think we'll be all right."

Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said game plans change from week to week, and added there will likely be a new approach to Sunday's game against the Bengals, who feature arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ocho Cinco.

"It may change game to game. Some receivers can't get off the press, you want to be on those guys," said Stewart, who makes the defensive calls in the game. "Some guys, with the route combinations of teams, it's better (to be off) and have vision and see the ball when it's in the air.

"I just think everyone has to understand what our players do well. The players have to understand what we play well as a team, as a defense. With that mix, that's what we come up with on Sunday."

To Stewart, the idea of playing off the ball is simple: not to get beat deep.

"It's better to give up a five-yard pass than a 25-yard pass," Stewart said. "Plus we have pressure and lot of things going on. When you have things going on, you have a chance to see the ball and maybe get an interception or a big hit. If we're playing close to the guy, you can't see the ball. If you're beat, you're beat."

So far this season, the Cowboys have allowed a total of seven pass plays of 10 yards or more. Last year through the first four games, when the Cowboys played the Giants, Dolphins, Rams and Bears, the defense allowed 11.

Giving up seven, and only three of more than 30 yards, is just fine with the Cowboys.

"That's very minimal. We're probably leading the league," Stewart said, referring to big plays against the defense. "We're in the minimum in that. Definitely."

Stewart added that playing close to the line of scrimmage isn't just a coaches' decision, and that the players can often cover a receiver how they want.

"A lot of times, he can. It's on them," Stewart said. "Now some of our zones, you can't be bump and run on a zone. But sometimes, it's at their discretion."

Newman has been a longtime proponent of playing man coverage, but even he has admitted that his latest injury, a strained groin suffered early in training camp that kept him out until the second week of the regular season, has made him somewhat limited here in the first part of the season.

Phillips agreed, saying Newman is just now starting to return to his old self. Last year, a foot injury in training camp forced him to miss the first two games, but it took a few more games played before he was back to 100 percent.

"It took a while. He came back slowly because we brought him back slowly," Phillips said referring to last year's injury. "We brought him back a little faster this time, I think. But I think he'll be, I think in a game or two games more, he'll be back to his normal self."

With Newman out for the majority of camp and all of the preseason, the Cowboys got a better look at rookie corners Mike Jenkins, a first-round pick, and fifth-round selection Orlando Scandrick.

And the addition of Adam Jones, who has also played a majority of man coverage in his two years with the Titans, the Cowboys have been working in some new faces to the defense.

Wit that, Phillips was on the fence when asked if he was surprised his team hasn't played better in man coverage.

"Yes and no. We've got new players," Phillips said. "Some of them are trying to fit in, in a new defense. We're getting a feel for what they can do and what they can't do."

Phillips said he isn't set on playing just one style, whether it's in coverage or the way his defense attacks the quarterback.

"I've played it all. It's all (about) personnel and what you can do best," Phillips said. "I've played straight zone some years. One year in Buffalo, we've played almost all man-to-man. It's what the players can do. It's not what I can come up with."

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This is why we lost...Brian Stewart doesn't know what the fu*k he's doing. He says the secondary can give up 5 yard pass plays all day, yet two 5 yard pass plays = a 1st down. The west coast offense is based on short passes, and we played right into the Skins hands by playing 10 yards off, allowing all the underneath sh*t...we couldn't get them off the field. We couldn't stop Portis either, but that's only the 2nd 100+ yard game since '06 so I'm not worried.

(back to the secondary) We have 4 starting corners who can all play press coverage, but how many times do you see them on the LOS bumping the receiver? ...I can't understand that sh*t. Newman obviously needs to get 100%, cause that was the worse game of his pro career...even he admitted that.

The Titans are undefeated mostly because of the defense, yet I can't name more than 4 players on that D without having to look it up...I don't know ANY of their corners. All these playmakers we have on defense and the only area we're ranked in the top 10 is sacks. Wade either needs to take over as DC or hire someone else. We won't win a playoff game playing as soft as we are, let alone the Super Bowl.

 10 years ago '07        #1766
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we ran the ball less than 15 times..with marion barber AND felix jones:banghead:

newman was on skates...he looked awful
^That had me pissed off also. You can't win if you don't utilize your running game. T.O. was talking about how mad he was he wasn't getting the ball, if anyone should have been mad it should have been MB3.

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Nick Eatman - Email
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
October 2, 2008 6:15 PM

Cowboys Look To Tighten Up Man Coverage


IRVING, Texas - Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips made one thing very clear when he first took over some 20 months ago.

While he arrived in Dallas with a specific defensive scheme, he has always stated that he fits the system around his players and their talents, rather than asking the players to fit the scheme.

Cornerbacks such as Terence Newman and Adam Jones and Anthony Henry might prefer to play more man-to-man coverage than zone, but the Cowboys and Phillips' defense has been playing a majority of zone coverage here in the first four games.

The players have indicated they would like to play closer to the line of scrimmage at times, but so far the coaching staff is hoping to see some improvement in that area.

"We haven't played man as well as I'd like to play," head coach Wade Phillips said. "We say we have guys that can play man, but we haven't played man that well.

We've been trying to and some games we did play well. There were some series and games that we played well man-to-man, but we're not there man-to-man-wise yet."

And that was evident in the Cowboys' loss to the Redskins on Sunday, although the team played its cornerbacks mostly off the ball.

That seemed to work right into the Redskins' hands as Washington used its West Coast Offense and ran many short passes against the Cowboys' off coverage.

Newman, who admitted to playing one of his worst games of his career, said after the game that he wished the team mixed up the coverages more.

"They knew what we were going to be in . . . they got us on a couple calls," Newman said. "We just didn't adjust as much as I thought we should've early on. We have to mix it up a little bit. But I think we'll be all right."

Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said game plans change from week to week, and added there will likely be a new approach to Sunday's game against the Bengals, who feature arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ocho Cinco.

"It may change game to game. Some receivers can't get off the press, you want to be on those guys," said Stewart, who makes the defensive calls in the game. "Some guys, with the route combinations of teams, it's better (to be off) and have vision and see the ball when it's in the air.

"I just think everyone has to understand what our players do well. The players have to understand what we play well as a team, as a defense. With that mix, that's what we come up with on Sunday."

To Stewart, the idea of playing off the ball is simple: not to get beat deep.

"It's better to give up a five-yard pass than a 25-yard pass," Stewart said. "Plus we have pressure and lot of things going on. When you have things going on, you have a chance to see the ball and maybe get an interception or a big hit. If we're playing close to the guy, you can't see the ball. If you're beat, you're beat."

So far this season, the Cowboys have allowed a total of seven pass plays of 10 yards or more. Last year through the first four games, when the Cowboys played the Giants, Dolphins, Rams and Bears, the defense allowed 11.

Giving up seven, and only three of more than 30 yards, is just fine with the Cowboys.

"That's very minimal. We're probably leading the league," Stewart said, referring to big plays against the defense. "We're in the minimum in that. Definitely."

Stewart added that playing close to the line of scrimmage isn't just a coaches' decision, and that the players can often cover a receiver how they want.

"A lot of times, he can. It's on them," Stewart said. "Now some of our zones, you can't be bump and run on a zone. But sometimes, it's at their discretion."

Newman has been a longtime proponent of playing man coverage, but even he has admitted that his latest injury, a strained groin suffered early in training camp that kept him out until the second week of the regular season, has made him somewhat limited here in the first part of the season.

Phillips agreed, saying Newman is just now starting to return to his old self. Last year, a foot injury in training camp forced him to miss the first two games, but it took a few more games played before he was back to 100 percent.

"It took a while. He came back slowly because we brought him back slowly," Phillips said referring to last year's injury. "We brought him back a little faster this time, I think. But I think he'll be, I think in a game or two games more, he'll be back to his normal self."

With Newman out for the majority of camp and all of the preseason, the Cowboys got a better look at rookie corners Mike Jenkins, a first-round pick, and fifth-round selection Orlando Scandrick.

And the addition of Adam Jones, who has also played a majority of man coverage in his two years with the Titans, the Cowboys have been working in some new faces to the defense.

Wit that, Phillips was on the fence when asked if he was surprised his team hasn't played better in man coverage.

"Yes and no. We've got new players," Phillips said. "Some of them are trying to fit in, in a new defense. We're getting a feel for what they can do and what they can't do."

Phillips said he isn't set on playing just one style, whether it's in coverage or the way his defense attacks the quarterback.

"I've played it all. It's all (about) personnel and what you can do best," Phillips said. "I've played straight zone some years. One year in Buffalo, we've played almost all man-to-man. It's what the players can do. It's not what I can come up with."

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This is why we lost...Brian Stewart doesn't know what the fu*k he's doing. He says the secondary can give up 5 yard pass plays all day, yet two 5 yard pass plays = a 1st down. The west coast offense is based on short passes, and we played right into the Skins hands by playing 10 yards off, allowing all the underneath sh*t...we couldn't get them off the field. We couldn't stop Portis either, but that's only the 2nd 100+ yard game since '06 so I'm not worried.

(back to the secondary) We have 4 starting corners who can all play press coverage, but how many times do you see them on the LOS bumping the receiver? ...I can't understand that sh*t. Newman obviously needs to get 100%, cause that was the worse game of his pro career...even he admitted that.

The Titans are undefeated mostly because of the defense, yet I can't name more than 4 players on that D without having to look it up...I don't know ANY of their corners. All these playmakers we have on defense and the only area we're ranked in the top 10 is sacks. Wade either needs to take over as DC or hire someone else. We won't win a playoff game playing as soft as we are, let alone the Super Bowl.
You've read my mind Tex. WTF was he thinking zone for? I think this loss was needed though. Better off lossing early then late. Props pimping.

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October 2, 2008 6:15 PM

Cowboys Look To Tighten Up Man Coverage


IRVING, Texas - Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips made one thing very clear when he first took over some 20 months ago.

While he arrived in Dallas with a specific defensive scheme, he has always stated that he fits the system around his players and their talents, rather than asking the players to fit the scheme.

Cornerbacks such as Terence Newman and Adam Jones and Anthony Henry might prefer to play more man-to-man coverage than zone, but the Cowboys and Phillips' defense has been playing a majority of zone coverage here in the first four games.

The players have indicated they would like to play closer to the line of scrimmage at times, but so far the coaching staff is hoping to see some improvement in that area.

"We haven't played man as well as I'd like to play," head coach Wade Phillips said. "We say we have guys that can play man, but we haven't played man that well.

We've been trying to and some games we did play well. There were some series and games that we played well man-to-man, but we're not there man-to-man-wise yet."

And that was evident in the Cowboys' loss to the Redskins on Sunday, although the team played its cornerbacks mostly off the ball.

That seemed to work right into the Redskins' hands as Washington used its West Coast Offense and ran many short passes against the Cowboys' off coverage.

Newman, who admitted to playing one of his worst games of his career, said after the game that he wished the team mixed up the coverages more.

"They knew what we were going to be in . . . they got us on a couple calls," Newman said. "We just didn't adjust as much as I thought we should've early on. We have to mix it up a little bit. But I think we'll be all right."

Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart said game plans change from week to week, and added there will likely be a new approach to Sunday's game against the Bengals, who feature arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league with T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ocho Cinco.

"It may change game to game. Some receivers can't get off the press, you want to be on those guys," said Stewart, who makes the defensive calls in the game. "Some guys, with the route combinations of teams, it's better (to be off) and have vision and see the ball when it's in the air.

"I just think everyone has to understand what our players do well. The players have to understand what we play well as a team, as a defense. With that mix, that's what we come up with on Sunday."

To Stewart, the idea of playing off the ball is simple: not to get beat deep.

"It's better to give up a five-yard pass than a 25-yard pass," Stewart said. "Plus we have pressure and lot of things going on. When you have things going on, you have a chance to see the ball and maybe get an interception or a big hit. If we're playing close to the guy, you can't see the ball. If you're beat, you're beat."

So far this season, the Cowboys have allowed a total of seven pass plays of 10 yards or more. Last year through the first four games, when the Cowboys played the Giants, Dolphins, Rams and Bears, the defense allowed 11.

Giving up seven, and only three of more than 30 yards, is just fine with the Cowboys.

"That's very minimal. We're probably leading the league," Stewart said, referring to big plays against the defense. "We're in the minimum in that. Definitely."

Stewart added that playing close to the line of scrimmage isn't just a coaches' decision, and that the players can often cover a receiver how they want.

"A lot of times, he can. It's on them," Stewart said. "Now some of our zones, you can't be bump and run on a zone. But sometimes, it's at their discretion."

Newman has been a longtime proponent of playing man coverage, but even he has admitted that his latest injury, a strained groin suffered early in training camp that kept him out until the second week of the regular season, has made him somewhat limited here in the first part of the season.

Phillips agreed, saying Newman is just now starting to return to his old self. Last year, a foot injury in training camp forced him to miss the first two games, but it took a few more games played before he was back to 100 percent.

"It took a while. He came back slowly because we brought him back slowly," Phillips said referring to last year's injury. "We brought him back a little faster this time, I think. But I think he'll be, I think in a game or two games more, he'll be back to his normal self."

With Newman out for the majority of camp and all of the preseason, the Cowboys got a better look at rookie corners Mike Jenkins, a first-round pick, and fifth-round selection Orlando Scandrick.

And the addition of Adam Jones, who has also played a majority of man coverage in his two years with the Titans, the Cowboys have been working in some new faces to the defense.

Wit that, Phillips was on the fence when asked if he was surprised his team hasn't played better in man coverage.

"Yes and no. We've got new players," Phillips said. "Some of them are trying to fit in, in a new defense. We're getting a feel for what they can do and what they can't do."

Phillips said he isn't set on playing just one style, whether it's in coverage or the way his defense attacks the quarterback.

"I've played it all. It's all (about) personnel and what you can do best," Phillips said. "I've played straight zone some years. One year in Buffalo, we've played almost all man-to-man. It's what the players can do. It's not what I can come up with."

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This is why we lost...Brian Stewart doesn't know what the fu*k he's doing. He says the secondary can give up 5 yard pass plays all day, yet two 5 yard pass plays = a 1st down. The west coast offense is based on short passes, and we played right into the Skins hands by playing 10 yards off, allowing all the underneath sh*t...we couldn't get them off the field. We couldn't stop Portis either, but that's only the 2nd 100+ yard game since '06 so I'm not worried.

(back to the secondary) We have 4 starting corners who can all play press coverage, but how many times do you see them on the LOS bumping the receiver? ...I can't understand that sh*t. Newman obviously needs to get 100%, cause that was the worse game of his pro career...even he admitted that.

The Titans are undefeated mostly because of the defense, yet I can't name more than 4 players on that D without having to look it up...I don't know ANY of their corners. All these playmakers we have on defense and the only area we're ranked in the top 10 is sacks. Wade either needs to take over as DC or hire someone else. We won't win a playoff game playing as soft as we are, let alone the Super Bowl.
That was obvious yet there were no halftime adjustments from offense or defense.... as if we never ran the ball in the 1st half we come back in the 2nd half & run it even less, Wade Phillips is a soft coach

This team needs someone like Bill Cowher

 10-05-2008, 10:42 AM         #1769
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:greetings10:

Not worried bout the loss, as long as we win when it counts.

 10-05-2008, 12:49 PM         #1770
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 Rareness6 said
:greetings10:

Not worried bout the loss, as long as we win when it counts.
u should be worried hoe you got destroyed by the redskins and the ginats will be coming to town soon

 10-05-2008, 12:50 PM         #1771
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 Jaiden05 said
You've read my mind Tex. WTF was he thinking zone for? I think this loss was needed though. Better off lossing early then late. Props pimping.
I felt the same way, I didn't mind us losing early...hopefully that will prompt them to make some changes. I was more pissed off at the coaches than the team for losing.

 eLLz said
That was obvious yet there were no halftime adjustments from offense or defense.... as if we never ran the ball in the 1st half we come back in the 2nd half & run it even less, Wade Phillips is a soft coach

This team needs someone like Bill Cowher
Yeah homie, dude is cupcake as hell. He just let's the players do what they want. I've NEVER seen him hold the team accountable for the way they play, he always says it's "his" fault and "he" needs to get it corrected...what a b*tch. The change of coaching style was great at first right after Parcells left, but that sh*t won't keep them disciplined for an entire season.

If Cowher was to coach the Cowboys with Garrett still the OC, that's an instant Super Bowl...actually instant Super Bowls. I don't see Wade coming back if we're short of a championship this season.

Back to Brian Stewart...how the fu*k can you give the DB's the option of covering the receivers how they want? That's some of the stupidest coaching I've ever heard. If you're afraid of getting beat deep, keep the safeties in cover 2...but let the corners play press. They're too physical to get beat at the LOS anyway. If they get beat by a double move after 10-15 yds it isn't that big a deal because that's the whole point of cover 2...there's saftety help.

 10-05-2008, 12:53 PM         #1772
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 Deuce Black said
u should be worried hoe you got destroyed by the redskins and the ginats will be coming to town soon
"Destroyed" in a 2 point game? Deuce is a retard.:doh8: No one's afraid of the Giants right now, you haven't played anybody.

 10-05-2008, 12:56 PM         #1773
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I was talking to the hoe :doh8:

yes destroyed dallas' dreams going to the superbowl which everyones been talking about since 2005

 10-05-2008, 12:56 PM         #1774
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^^ :lachen001: does callin me a ho make u feel good?

 Deuce Black said
u should be worried hoe you got destroyed by the redskins and the ginats will be coming to town soon
the deadskins destroyed us? ha no, they just got the W. Don't care bout the NJ gaymen either, keep beating these wack a.ss teams. When u have a real opponent then u can speak. :greetings10:


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 10-05-2008, 01:00 PM         #1775
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we are not beating wack teams by 2 points. were crushing them by 3 touchdowns. the bengals put up a f!ght last week but even without plax look how were destroying the seahawks, 24-3. dominick hixon is raping the coverage

you couldnt think of doing that without T.O.

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