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Cowlishaw: 'Really dumb' decision at end of half dooms Cowboys
The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 13, 2010 | TIM COWLISHAW

Posted on 09/13/2010 6:47:15 AM PDT by Immerito

LANDOVER, Md. – Sometimes 60 minutes of football comes down to one terrible decision by the offensive coordinator. Sometimes one chorus of "Hail to the Redskins" after a touchdown is all that it takes.

The Cowboys gave the Washington Redskins seven points on the last play of the first half, and in a game in which both offenses were supremely challenged, that was the difference.

Dallas was a 13-7 loser at FedEx Field on a night when, well, you can't say the Cowboys deserved to win, but they certainly weren't destined to lose.

Not until one ridiculous call, anyway.

In a situation where the only reasonable thing for the Cowboys to do was to have Tony Romo take a knee, Garrett called a pass play. This was 64 yards from the Redskins' goal line and with four seconds to go in the first half.

And instead of heaving a deep ball, Romo threw short to Tashard Choice. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall stripped Choice of the ball, recovered the fumble and ran 37 yards for Washington's only touchdown of the night.

The game would end with Garrett and the offense getting a chance at redemption – one final shot at the Washington end zone from the 13-yard line. But a holding call on tackle Alex Barron kept Romo's final pass to Roy Williams from meaning anything.

There was some measure of justice in that. You simply don't deserve a shot to win when you make a call as brutally bad as the one the Cowboys called at the end of the half.

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1 posted on 09/13/2010 6:47:19 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

Well, on the bright side, the Cowboys and Broncos have identical records...


2 posted on 09/13/2010 6:49:13 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window...)
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To: Immerito

The toss to Choice was a bonehead move, the RB was obviously not ready for it after the play broke down.

It’s not Tashard’s fault.

Two teams played some horrible football and one of them had to win, neither really deserved to.


3 posted on 09/13/2010 6:50:00 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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There's no crying in football!

4 posted on 09/13/2010 6:52:14 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Immerito

I watched some really bad football on Sunday and this game took the prize for the most inept, error filled bunglefest seen in a long time.


5 posted on 09/13/2010 6:52:39 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Immerito

Worst Head Coach, ever.


6 posted on 09/13/2010 6:53:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeFault User

Or to quote Homer Simpson,

Those teams sure did suck last night! They just plain sucked. I’ve seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked!


7 posted on 09/13/2010 6:55:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

“Worst Head Coach, ever.”

The Bucs fans would beg to differ.


8 posted on 09/13/2010 6:56:16 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dfwgator

Oh, I agree!! I cant take him anymore. His “weeelll Im not sure what happened, I wiillll have toooo looook at the filllmmm.” grrr. Get him out of there. He does not represent the Cowboys I knew and loved.

THe tea party needs to step in and take over. lol


9 posted on 09/13/2010 6:56:22 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: GoCards

I’ve never seen a worse prepared undisciplined team in my life, and Garrett has been a major disappointment.

If Jerry wants to find a decent head coach, all he has to do is travel to Fort Worth to the TCU campus.


10 posted on 09/13/2010 6:58:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I am thinking the same. If he doesn’t ahve a big year, they need to get rid of him. I am frankly shocked Jones has kept him this long. He is hardly the personality I see Jones looks for to lead his franchise. When you look at the NFC east, he is by far the worst of the four coaches. Two have Super Bowl rings and the third has been there.

I also am getting more suspect of The O Coordinator Garrett. He was elevated to a very high pedestal a couple years ago, but this offense so frequently is under performing, that I am not sure he is not a problem, too.


11 posted on 09/13/2010 7:00:26 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Immerito

They loked inept......no other way to put it!!!


12 posted on 09/13/2010 7:02:30 AM PDT by ontap
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To: dfwgator
suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked..

Their motto is keep on sucking until you succeed.

13 posted on 09/13/2010 7:02:50 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Immerito

Ouch, over hyped team plays stupid (aka Tony Romo). Its what they do. I don’t see Wade being there next year. Go Skins.


14 posted on 09/13/2010 7:03:12 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: ilgipper

I just don’t understand how they could even think of throwing to anybody but Miles Austin on that last drive. Roy Williams is totally useless, and it would have been worth it to cut him, even with the hit to the salary cap.

And who was the idiot that thought trading for Barron was a good idea? There’s a reason the worst team in football last year decided to let him go.


15 posted on 09/13/2010 7:04:43 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ilgipper

Tony Romo is no better at Q-back!!!


16 posted on 09/13/2010 7:04:46 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Immerito
Didn't watch.

Couldn't decide which team I wanted to see lose more than the other.

17 posted on 09/13/2010 7:05:03 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Michael Moore is Rosie O'Donnell in drag.)
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To: dfwgator
If Jerry wants to find a decent head coach, all he has to do is travel to Fort Worth to the TCU campus.

HEY! You just stay the heck away from Patterson. He is FINE RIGHT WHERE HE IS!

18 posted on 09/13/2010 7:05:30 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Jesus called us to be Salt and Light, not Vinegar and Water.)
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To: Immerito

A Saints win and a Cowboy loss, got to love it.


19 posted on 09/13/2010 7:06:08 AM PDT by VicVega (The Saints will March to Dallas and win another Super Bowl in 2011.)
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To: ontap

Loked = looked.....need coffee!!!


20 posted on 09/13/2010 7:06:23 AM PDT by ontap
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To: VRWCmember

LOL, I knew that would get a rise out of TCU fans.

Heck, I’d even take the guy who coaches at that other Metroplex school. SMU is going to be real good this year, and next year, even better. I really like that Padron kid.


21 posted on 09/13/2010 7:07:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Immerito
Redskins suck (just not as much as the Cowboys)


22 posted on 09/13/2010 7:09:20 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: dfwgator

Worst PRO head coach. The College crown goes to the bonehead at Marshall, who Prevent Defensed himself (on two consecutive 90+ yard WVU touchdown drives) out of a monumental win over West Virginia last week.


23 posted on 09/13/2010 7:09:47 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Immerito

Two things the Cowboys need to be doing today:

1. Cut Barron
2. Audition for place kickers. Buehler lost the game with those missed FGs.


24 posted on 09/13/2010 7:10:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Immerito

I am a Cowboys fan, and this looked like one of those times that Barney Fife was bumbling along and ended up shooting himself in the foot!

It was a VERY sad display! The Cowboys pretty much pushed the Redskins up and down the field; then they just fell apart every time they got on the other side of the 50 yard line!

SAD!


25 posted on 09/13/2010 7:20:29 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: dfwgator

Agreed. Last night exemplified why the Rams were more than willing to depart with Barron. His technique was so poor.

And I can’t believe the play call to end the first half. I can’t believe they ran a play.


26 posted on 09/13/2010 7:20:53 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: ExTxMarine

This never would have happened when the greatness of Jimmy was coaching there.


27 posted on 09/13/2010 7:21:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: VA_Gentleman

The Redskins finally got their “Jack Squirek” moment.


28 posted on 09/13/2010 7:22:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Immerito

So, how ‘bout those Rangers?


29 posted on 09/13/2010 7:24:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I agree on the Jimmy issue, but he won’t be coming back (unfortunately).

So, I agree they ought to take a road trip from Valley Ranch over to the I-20 corridor and pick up a real coach!


30 posted on 09/13/2010 7:24:10 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: dfwgator

Love that SWEEP!


31 posted on 09/13/2010 7:24:42 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: ExTxMarine

I keep going back and forth on their chances, but if Cliff Lee really is back to form, and they get Josh back, and everybody else healthy, this could be a real tough team come playoff time. Good to see Vlad getting hot again.

I just wish they had a better manager, though.


32 posted on 09/13/2010 7:26:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ExTxMarine

The Boys will never win with Romo!


33 posted on 09/13/2010 7:30:43 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: N. Theknow

Then you missed seeing a good commercial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Skj7cNpnzg


34 posted on 09/13/2010 7:30:43 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: dfwgator

I am not going to complain about Washington - he has had them competitive every years since he has been here, so I will take that over ALL those lean years - LOL!

But, they definitely need to invest in a strength coach next season! This is two years in a row where we have lost upwards of half the team at various points throughout the season! You cannot win championships like that!

Now back to the idiot play of the Cowboys. The “make-or-break” playing style of Romo is what most of us Cowboys fans want to see! But he has GOT TO learn when to use that style and when NOT to use it!

He has the flash of a young Danny White, unfortunately, I think he will end up with the same accolades! The “almost” guy! More yards, touchdowns, points, etc... than Roger Staubach - NO Super Bowl appearances!


35 posted on 09/13/2010 7:35:00 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: ExTxMarine
Love that SWEEP!

Oh; that's just because the Rangers didn't have to face any of the Yankees GOOD pitchers...(rolls eyes)

36 posted on 09/13/2010 7:36:22 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: dfwgator
His defense is superb. I think the entire problem is Garrett and the OL, but mostly Garrett. Three flanker screens in 10 minutes of the first half, all gaining nothing? Are you kidding? Run Barber wide? Really?

Actually, I'd propose something radical. Have Wade take over the offense too. If it performed as well as the D, Dallas would win the Super Bowl.

37 posted on 09/13/2010 7:36:55 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: ontap

Totally disagree. Romo proves week in and week out that he is one of the better QBs in the game. Look at the last play of this game. He made an increible play, scrambling and throwing a touchdown. The bonehead lineman who wrapped his arm around the neck of the defender cost them a win. Romo is not Manning or Brees, but he is a good quarterback.


38 posted on 09/13/2010 7:37:20 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: GeronL
It’s not Tashard’s fault.

He fumbled the ball...how is it not his fault....this thread would not exist if he had simply held onto the ball like a RB is supposed to do.

39 posted on 09/13/2010 7:40:34 AM PDT by northwinds
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To: Dr. Ursus

“The Boys will never win with Romo!”

I am not sure if this is true, but they DEFINITELY need to teach him to reign in and control that make-or-break style!

Think of a young Danny White. He tried to make the “flashy” plays of Staubach and he ended up looking really bad. He could make good plays, but he just couldn’t get over the hump. Of course by the time he got to the point where he was a “successful” QB, he had a very conservative game plan that the late, GREAT Landry was dead set on using.


40 posted on 09/13/2010 7:45:15 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go home!)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, cut Barron. His overall play was poor. If any one player crippled a overall poor offense it was him. Neither team looks like a winning season even a remote possibility.


41 posted on 09/13/2010 7:46:19 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: dfwgator

Had that fumble not happened at the end of the first half, and the game played out the way it did the rest of the way, Dallas would have won 7-6. The Skins got lucky on that fumble. Otherwise, they weren’t any better than the Cowboys. They were as equaly inept as Dallas was.


42 posted on 09/13/2010 7:48:58 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (HEY, NAZI PELOUSY, ON NOVEMBER 2, WE WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: ontap
They loked inept......no other way to put it!!!

That tickled the ol' funny bone!

43 posted on 09/13/2010 7:50:57 AM PDT by houeto (Get drinking water from your ditch - http://www.junglebucket.com/)
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To: dfwgator
If Jerry wants to find a decent head coach, all he has to do is travel to Fort Worth to the TCU campus.

He doesn't want a decent head coach. He wants a spineless puppet that he can manipulate.

44 posted on 09/13/2010 7:52:44 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: ExTxMarine

I’m a Redskins fan, we’re 1 and 0!


45 posted on 09/13/2010 7:55:56 AM PDT by east1234 (Cut, Kill, Dig and Drill!)
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To: ilgipper

Good quarterbacks don’t win superbowls...with few ecceptions it takes great ones...he’s not...to be fair the head coach ain’t there yet either!!!


46 posted on 09/13/2010 8:10:52 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Immerito
Still shot of Alex Barron's holding call.


47 posted on 09/13/2010 8:14:52 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

The Boys will never win with Phillips!


48 posted on 09/13/2010 8:34:38 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Immerito

I’m a Redskins fan, but they didn’t deserve to win this game.

Redskins offense scored two field goals.

Cowboys offense scored two touchdowns, the last one called back due to a stupid holding mistake.


49 posted on 09/13/2010 9:29:51 AM PDT by zot
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To: LS
His defense is superb.

Except when they really need a stop in the fourth quarter. Washington drove right down the field and got the FG, that forced the Cowboys to have to score a TD on their final drive.

50 posted on 09/13/2010 9:32:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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