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View from the Cheap Seats-Da Boys

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View from the Cheap Seats-Da Boys

Tough loss/What's next

A tough and ugly loss. Dallas is simply not as good today as the Rams. Rams are not only more talented but significantly better coached. And it's the coaching where the widest gap exists. Sucks to say but it's true. Had Dallas brought their A game, win was there for the taking but the Rams ran the ball down Da Boys throats (273 yards rushing) and stuffed Dallas run game. A Cinderella season came to an end last night. 

And as much as some want you to think Dallas got blown out, hardly the case, they lost by 1 score, on the road. Now parts of the game (front 7), Dallas' O scheme were flat ugly but Dak had the best game by any QB playing on Sat. This includes NFL MVP Patrick M, Jared Goff and Andrew Luck. He wasn't perfect but he played well enough for Dallas to win.

The tone of the game was set early by both coaches going for it on 4th and short. Making a statement both teams were playing to win. Dallas would go for it 5 times, making 4 but the one miss was indicative of the way the game went. Dallas ran up the middle 4 times. Rams were ready on #4 and stuff Zeke. This in the 4th quarter (11 minutes and change) and the score 15-23. This a drive Dallas had to have points to have a real shot of getting back into the game. #5 would see one of the rare good play calls as Dak rolled out with Zeke trailing on an option play that gained the 1st down easily. 

Out Coached

Rams simply out coached Dallas. Granted they have slightly better talent and were the better team but the difference was coaching. Sean McVay was creative in both scheme and play calling. He kept Dallas off balance the entire night. Wade Phillips (DC for the Rams) lives to stick it to Dallas who fired him. 2nd time his D has abused Dallas' O but he always gets a big assist from the worst OC in the NFL, Scotty Linehan. Dallas has 2 serious handicaps in coaching.

Scotty L is the worst OC in the NFL. He made his "reputation" with the Vikes when he had Randy Moss and Chris Carter as WRs, Robert Smith as his RB and Randall Cunningham as his QB. Frankly it would be hard to fail with those guys. He would ride that wave to an HC gig with the Lions where he would lead them to an 0-16 season. But it's the NFL where retreads keep getting hired and for some un Godly reason, Jerry brings him to Dallas to work with Tony Romo. Rumors are the 2 got along like oil and water. Romo know for basically calling the game at the line. Scotty also runs a timing based passing offense relying on a drop back passer. Neither Romo nor Dak is a drop back passer, both are best on the move. Dak needs to be in a run/pass option O making heavy use of play action. It appears Dak has been "coached" to stay in the pocket and not run. There were several opportunities for him to take off and only 2 designed runs called for him all night. Scotty L is handicapping Dak's development and costing Dallas games.

The other issue is with a coach who 85% of the time, is the nuts. But Rod M swears he doesn't need quality DTs to run his D. 


In football and in baseball, you win by being strong up the middle. Rams rushed for 5 yards a pop, Dallas for 2.3. 

End of the day, Goff's jersey was clean and Dallas failed to get really pressure on him. Why? Largely because we don't have pocket collapsers up front. And Rod M is on record as saying he doesn't need them. The other liability is Dallas plays a pair of Safeties who likely do not start for any other quality defense. They both play their hearts out to their credit but a talent up grade is needed.

If we were not clear, the #1 cause of this loss was Scotty L and his horrific/makes Tim Beck look good play calling. Completely failed to take advantage of what the Rams were doing on D (we have no doubt Wade Phillips knew exactly what Dallas was doing on every play), never kept the Rams off balance, could not sustain drives, failed to use play action, failed to run one of the best running QBs in the league (2 carries for the game), constantly ran Zeke into the middle vs the strongest middle DL in the NFL (monumentally stupid).

Dallas has reached it's level of incompetence with Scotty L.

What went right

Dak had a very good game. Yes, made some mistakes but played well. Of the 4 Saturday QBs, he finished with the highest QBR and within 10 yards of Patrick M. and more TDs (run and pass) than the other 3

Gallup and Cooper Future is bright with these 2 young WRs

Despite getting abused in the run game, Dallas bowed up 4 times forcing FG tries against the 2nd or 3rd best O in the league. 

5th Forth and short, Dak and Zeke run the option right, pitch to Zeke, easy 1st down. What took so long

Michael Gallup developed over the year into a 1st class WR and had a career night against the Rams, including a 46 yard over the shoulder grab to set up a Dallas TD.

Season view, Da Boys were down 3-5, Cheap Seats was saying "tank for draft picks". At the bye, they traded for Amari Cooper. Price was steep, this years 1st rounder. Impact was YUGE. Cooper sparked not just the O but the entire team, Dallas goes 7-1 down the stretch beating the Saints (best team in the league?) and Iggles twice. Draft pick is now no better than #25 which takes out some of the sting but a BRILLIANT and gutsy move. Especially considering JJ's last 2 trades for WRs didn't pan out as well.

5 Key plays that doomed Da Boys

#5 ZERO sacks. and by the 2nd half, little to no pressure

#4 1st drive 2nd half, 3 and out. Not one play but Dallas blows 2 chances to score at the end of the 1st then one at the start of the 2nd. Dallas never got the rams out of their game.

#3 3rd and 7, :52 seconds in the 1st half Dallas at the Rams 36. Sack taking Dallas out of FG range score 20-7

#2 3rd and 14, Rams 40, score 13-7. 2:36 in 1st half. Dallas forces an incomplete pass only to have Bryon Jones called for his fingernail scraping Rams WR facemask. 

#1 4th and 1, 4th quarter 11 and change on the clock down 15-23 at the Rams 40. 4th straight 4th and short, Scotty L calls run up the middle. Yeah, not like the Rams knew that was coming. The dagger in the heart

Where does Dallas go from here

Dallas fielded the youngest team in the playoffs this year. Zeke won the rushing title. Team showed great resilience starting 3-5 then going 7-1 to win the NFC East for the 3rd time in the last 5 years. The roster is loaded with good young players. Major bullet dodged as Kris Richards was not nabbed for a HC gig anywhere. Some really dumb teams out there as Richards is a REALLY good coach.

Good news/bad news. Good news is Da Boys enjoy $55 million in cap space, bad news, Dallas has a great many young players they need to sign.

And there are some serious questions, especially along the OL where 3 players have Top 4 on the team salaries. Does Travis Fredrick return? Tron Smith is not the All Pro OT he once was and for his production, over paid.

Should not be any question D-Law is re-signed and room could be made cutting Crawford (potential for a re-work of his contract) and. . .dare we say it. . .Sean Lee. Love Lee but clearly the injuries have taken their toll. Or extend him, reducing his hit and he being a back up and defacto LB coach. 1 more year left on Dak, 2 on Elliott but you know Elliott wants a new deal. Suspect they sign Elliott and hold off on Dak.   Cheap Seats would re-sign Armani Cooper in a heart beat. Half the cap space would come from cutting Hurns and TWill. Stephen Jones and Will McClay actually pretty good with the Cap.

Dallas, Dak and Zeke deserve an OC who is creative and a QB coach who can help Dak develop. Scotty L and his mini-me Kellen Moore needed to be shown the door as soon as the plane touched down. If we were in charge, both would have flown home Southwest. Hard to believe Jerry and Jason don't see that but both seem in love with Scotty L. Dallas cannot advance further with Scotty anywhere near the sidelines.

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24 minutes ago, Bear19 said:

IMO the biggest coaching deficit Dallas has starts at the top.


JG is being re-signed.


Don't like it but if Scotty L and his mini-me go, all the better.


Bad news is one rumor is they might promote WR coach Lal which would seem to be more of the same to me or moving deck chairs on the Titanic.    They need a new, run/pass option style OC to fit Dak's talents and a QB coach who can actually help coach him up.





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