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Chargers linebacker criticizes Dallas playcalling

The Cowboys have a long way to go to fall out of the playoffs.  (Anyone watching Sunday night’s game knows the Giants are similarly flawed.)

But if Dallas comes up short again, Cowboys fans will remember one sequence in Sunday’s loss to San Diego for a long time.

Trailing 10-3 and on the doorstep of scoring, the Cowboys ran Marion Barber four straight times.  The final three runs were from the one-yard line, and they were all stuffed. 

“I don’t know what they were thinking but after the second time you
gotta think, `don’t run that play no more,”’ Chargers linebacker Tim Dobbins said after the game. “I don’t
know if they watched film or what.”

Dobbins was in on three of the tackles and knew what was coming.

“In our mind, we knew he wasn’t blocking. We knew he had to get the
ball. He’s not getting paid to block. Everybody knows that, everybody
in the stands knew that. We knew it was going to be a flip or a dive,
one or the other. I don’t know what they were thinking,” Dobbins said.

The Dallas staff thought their massive, highly paid offensive line could push San Diego back a yard.  It didn’t happen that can’t fall just on on the coaching staff.

The talk of a December swoon won’t stop, but perhaps the Cowboys just aren’t that good. Tony Romo is playing well, yet they are a borderline playoff team like everyone expected before the season.

Unfortunately for Dallas, the toughest part of their schedule fell at the end of the season again. And it’s just getting started.

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34 Responses to “Chargers linebacker criticizes Dallas playcalling”
  1. Sourdough says: Dec 13, 2009 9:20 PM

    The Cowboys are soft.
    Four attempts from the 1yd line and they can’t punch it in!?!
    The December swoon continues…

  2. FireJerryJones says: Dec 13, 2009 9:20 PM

    Brutal play calling. Romo threw for 87 yards to pad his stats in the last 1:48 of the game.
    I can’t believe this oline can’t move the pile back a yard.
    They have to get committed to run. If they go toe to toe with the Saints next week, they’ll get blown away. Got to run the ball to get the time of possession factor.

  3. dakotah says: Dec 13, 2009 9:23 PM

    Fire Jason Garrett. OK, it doesn’t really matter now, wait till the end of the season and replace the entire coaching staff.

  4. jasondawg18 says: Dec 13, 2009 9:27 PM

    SERIOUSLY THIS IS THE BEST YOU CAN DO, JERRY? My grandma can predict our plays.
    Who is with me? We’ve got to change the playcalling.
    firejasongarrett.com

  5. aec4 says: Dec 13, 2009 9:31 PM

    Shanahan will be the head coach next year. This is why he didnt’ sign in Buffalo.

  6. dakotah says: Dec 13, 2009 9:31 PM

    My wife was very critical of this too. Maybe she will be Dallas’ offensive coordinator next year.

  7. silverreign says: Dec 13, 2009 9:38 PM

    bengals playcalling is about as predictable. i think i called 90% of their plays today.

  8. HughJassPhD says: Dec 13, 2009 9:42 PM

    As long as Jerry is the GM, the cowboys will suck.

  9. this class sucks says: Dec 13, 2009 9:45 PM

    If I was an OC (besides in Madden) I would call play action on first or second down, then on 3rd try the run knowing you can go for it on 4th. Than on fourth either put my QB back in the gun with a sidecar and try to hit a TE in the flats or the RB coming outta the backfield, Or have a design QB roll out.
    I don’t think Garret is good, but I also don’t think he is the entire problem, that is to say I don’t think firing him alone would solve all there problems. If they are cemented on sticking with Romo than I would try as hard as possible to get a Shannahan or even, as crazy as this sounds, Charlie Wies. Or they could trade Romo for what ever they can get and go after a Cluasen (who I think sucks) or McCoy (home town hero but that doesn’t usually work out) or Bradford (great but I wouldn’t touch his injuries with a ten foot pole). I’m just throwing ideas out, as well as butchering spelling on names.

  10. Lord Humungus says: Dec 13, 2009 9:49 PM

    I wish more teams would try to run inside the 3.
    Definately is a lost art.
    Too many rollouts, cutting the field in half.
    Good teams can knock guys off the ball and get 1 or 2 yards when necessary.

  11. bearsrule says: Dec 13, 2009 9:51 PM

    Nothing is official until we can get an opinion from Tony Dungy.

  12. Obeah says: Dec 13, 2009 9:55 PM

    I stopped watching when Garrett called the same play three times from the one yard line, and no score.
    This was very disrespectful to me as a fan.

  13. slipkid says: Dec 13, 2009 9:57 PM

    another flaw of the star system. stars expect and demand touches. and coaches just let it happen.
    chargers were also banged up up front on d. dallas did them a favor.

  14. dakotah says: Dec 13, 2009 10:09 PM

    Viper21 should be the Cowboys GM.

  15. INTENSEG says: Dec 13, 2009 10:10 PM

    Garrett is a moron plain and simple. WTH was he thinking?

  16. jibfest says: Dec 13, 2009 10:12 PM

    Wade Philips should update his resume.

  17. jamaltimore says: Dec 13, 2009 10:36 PM

    Funny we are going to watch Jerry ruin the boys and then the league in the next contract negotiations. He’s another reason to buy a hybrid.
    Thank goodness red ball express stayed in dallas and stiffed the playoff bound RAVENS!

  18. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 13, 2009 11:25 PM

    I reserve comment until Vox has his say

  19. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 13, 2009 11:33 PM

    Wade is a puppet coach. He is weak and has the players ill prepared. They miss assignments and tackles much to often to play at an elite level.
    Garrett is not creative enough to be an OC (and is doing this like someone who got shafted out a promise to be the HC eventually if he stuck around but it never happened).
    Both must go and Jerry has to learn to trust a coach.
    This post is really about an opposing player that was astonished at the predictability of this team. Real fans know this and also that although the truth hurts, this team sucks right now and has little or no consistency.
    But hey, the fans that attended the game should not be disappointed. They got shiney, new 3D glassses.

  20. ToledoLions says: Dec 13, 2009 11:35 PM

    It’s ok it won’t even matter in a couple years when Jerry Jone’s gets his way and there is absolutely no revenue sharing, salary cap, or salary floor. He will finally have what he wants then and will be able to spend every penny he has to win a Super Bowl. But then again by that point nobody will give a f#ck because the NFL’s competitive nature that has made it the most popular sport will be gone and it will be fighting with the NHL for airtime on Versus with 10-15 less teams in the league. it will be such a watered down sport by that point that Jerry realize that the “Jerry Jones rules” that he fights and pays so much for weren’t worth the lack of respect he and his store bought cheat team have. And the feeling of winning a Super Bowl will be the same feeling you get when you shit your pants. It felt good to get the shit out but it wasn’t worth the mess you made whatsoever.
    Jerry Jones and his plastic face is the worst thing that has ever happened to the NFL.

  21. Bedhead says: Dec 14, 2009 12:05 AM

    @ToledoLions
    You don’t know what you’re talking about. Today’s parity is not what made the NFL popular. The NFL became #1 long before the salary cap or revenue sharing.
    Baseball does not seem to be suffering in popularity under a haves and have-nots system. And it’s not like the Yankee’s and Red Sox’s freewheeling spending has won them the World Series every year.
    As an NFL fan I hate the constant playoff team turnover, one-year wonders, flip flopping records (4-12 to 12-4), and lack of real dynasties.
    In fact, Jerry Jones is one of the best things that has happened to the NFL. He is an outstanding businessman (GM is another matter perhaps). He was instrumental in getting the NFL Network/Comcast deal done (which was at an impasse before he was asked to help), he has practically schooled the NFL on how to get sponsorship deals an increase their revenues, he’s shown owners how to make money with their stadiums (more luxury suites), he’s pioneered numerous innovations out at Jerry World, and he was an influential member of the competition committee for years. I would wager that every single owner is extremely satisfied to count Jerry as a colleague. They are all better off for it. The NFL is better off for it. And you, whether you love or hate the Cowboys, are better off for it.

  22. Bedhead says: Dec 14, 2009 12:05 AM

    @ToledoLions
    You don’t know what you’re talking about. Today’s parity is not what made the NFL popular. The NFL became #1 long before the salary cap or revenue sharing.
    Baseball does not seem to be suffering in popularity under a haves and have-nots system. And it’s not like the Yankee’s and Red Sox’s freewheeling spending has won them the World Series every year.
    As an NFL fan I hate the constant playoff team turnover, one-year wonders, flip flopping records (4-12 to 12-4), and lack of real dynasties.
    In fact, Jerry Jones is one of the best things that has happened to the NFL. He is an outstanding businessman (GM is another matter perhaps). He was instrumental in getting the NFL Network/Comcast deal done (which was at an impasse before he was asked to help), he has practically schooled the NFL on how to get sponsorship deals an increase their revenues, he’s shown owners how to make money with their stadiums (more luxury suites), he’s pioneered numerous innovations out at Jerry World, and he was an influential member of the competition committee for years. I would wager that every single owner is extremely satisfied to count Jerry as a colleague. They are all better off for it. The NFL is better off for it. And you, whether you love or hate the Cowboys, are better off for it.

  23. willmose says: Dec 14, 2009 12:19 AM

    Class always tells. And the ‘boys are just the first two letters away.

  24. MNFANINAZ says: Dec 14, 2009 12:35 AM

    Hey Wade,
    your vagina is showing.
    enjoy the offseason Cowboy fans. Stare at that great big empty stadium.
    Jerry Jones… the entire NFL is laughing in your fake face.

  25. Dillon760 says: Dec 14, 2009 1:02 AM

    And here’s for everybody avoiding the most obvious answer to all this…..
    The Chargers are by far a better football team from the Quarterback to the Kicker to the Coach.
    Suck it Eagles, Suck it Giants, Suck it Cowboys
    The NFC Easy East is overrated.
    The first place NFC East Eagles lost to the Raiders…….THE ****ING RAIDERS

  26. ToledoLions says: Dec 14, 2009 1:17 AM

    @Bedhead,
    Really we are better off because of Jerry? I beg to differ. The league is at an all time high right now and it is because of parity and the fact that no matter what team you like there is always a chance they can be good. You don’t like competition? Or only competition between 4-5 teams? As soon as Jerry Jones gets his way, my team, possibly your team (unless your a Cowboys fan), and about 20 other teams will not have a chance in the league to be successful. They will be too poor to be able to afford free agents or draft picks. It will be like baseball where the Cowboys have a payroll $1 billion while others can only afford maybe $10 million. That’s the NFL you want to see? The whole reason behind this is because of his incapability of winning playoff games and Super Bowls with an even playing field.
    Do you truly understand what the implications are when Jerry abolishes the supplemental revenue sharing program. Teams rely on that to be able to be competitive. Do you want the NFL to be modeled after the MLB. I don’t and nobody I know does either. Baseball’ popularity is but a fraction of what it once was and it’s because of the disparity between the haves and have-nots. You have to like one of about 5 teams in baseball in order to have any hope of your favorite team being competitive year in and year out. It’s not my fault my favorite team is the Lions and they have to pull from the supplemental revenue pot. But me and the fans of the Lions, Vikings, 49ers, Jaguars, Raiders, Falcons, Bills, Rams, Chargers, Cardinals, Saints, Bengals, and others will be the ones who pay the price for Jerry Jones and the owners greed.
    If you think that’s the right thing to do then you will be one of the fans that stick around when the NFL turns into MLB but I can guarantee you that I and most fans from the have-nots fan bases will not. The NFL will destroy itself by letting Jerry and the other greedy owners have their way and screw over all the teams in smaller markets.
    He will do whatever it takes to make sure his team has an advantage over others whether it is best for the NFL or not. The owners are make millions upon millions of dollars right now and the only reason to change the model of success the NFL has established is to give a huge advantage to the teams that can afford have billion dollar payrolls at any cost. The supplemental revenue sharing pot is only $100 million and Jerry isn’t the only one who pays into it. But those owners who do realize that it is the only thing standing between them and buying championships so they are abolishing it to make sure they are the only contenders year in and year out. It’s not the right thing to do and the only way you don’t realize that is if your a cowboys fan.
    Lamar Hunt, Dan Rooney, Tex Schramm, Wellington Mara, Bill Polian. These were/are influential members of the competition commitee not Jerry Jones. He tries to undermine the committee to increase the chances of his team winning.
    By the way the Patriots 3 SB’s in 4 years and going to 4 in 7 years wasn’t a dynasty? Or does it not count because of the era in the NFL we are in right now?
    I don’t agree with or like the things that Jerry Jones does and nothing will change my mind. Just wait and see what happens after 2010 to the NFL with Jerry and Goodell running the show. You’ll see a major drop off in NFL popularity.

  27. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 14, 2009 1:32 AM

    The Saints have been playing up to the level of competition in big games. With the way the Cowboys have been playing, do the Saints have to play down to the level of competition on Saturday night, just to keep it close?

  28. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 14, 2009 7:12 AM

    …but Jerry Jones got the fans at Cowboys Stadium shiney, new 3D glasses.
    Can’t beat that.

  29. Filbertkiwi71 says: Dec 14, 2009 7:26 AM

    What Dobbins said was harmless, but I do wish the Chargers would shut up.

  30. NFL_1974 says: Dec 14, 2009 8:21 AM

    Ok, is it just me or is Wade a moron? 30 seconds left, down by 10, he goes for the TD, and kills all the time. Scores a TD but leaves 2 seconds on the clock. WHY DID HE NOT KICK THE FG, AND THEN GO FOR THE ONSIDE KICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? I hate Dallas, but I mean the coach is just horrible. He cost them a chance at winning that game. He should be gone!!!

  31. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 14, 2009 8:38 AM

    @ NFL 1974
    Would it have mattered? Nick Folk would have simply missed the field goal anyway. He sucks, so they want to blame the holders and not him. So now Romo holds, and it was a very good hold, and he misses again. Why would you even have a kicker on your team that can’t be trusted to do his one job? The Cowboys would have had to score two td’s to win. A fg with Nick folk is simply out of the question.

  32. Dawkphan says: Dec 14, 2009 9:12 AM

    The cowboys fans should be happy that Jerry gave them new 3D glasses . He was trying to draw the attention away from the field where the game was being played, this way they at least got to see something entertaining !
    Got to love DECEMBER .

  33. eagles_2031 says: Dec 14, 2009 10:20 AM

    jerry is the downfall of that team just like synder in d.c. they cant keep thier hands off the team to realise they have no clue. that is why you hire coaches not puppets of the owner. granted i hope jerry owns that team forever and tony romo is thier qb for many many years to come.. they both suck. same old december, hey you want people to stop talking about december failures tony……..win a dam game, a playoff game, anything. the offence is so predictable, lets see….run barber on first, try austin on second and whitten on third to try and get the first down. really that is it. oh year roy williams if he holds on to it down near the goal line.

  34. Bedhead says: Dec 14, 2009 11:36 AM

    @ToldedoLions
    You are speculating about what Jerry MIGHT do IF this or that happens. My statements are facts about what good things he has done for the league. Jerry Jones is a good owner. He cares about his team, he cares about the NFL, and he cares about maximizing his proftits, and as a result everyone is better off for it.
    I am not saying I want the NFL to become baseball. I don’t think it ever will. Football enjoys an inherent advantage over all the other sports in that there are only 16 games + playoffs so every single contest is extremely important. Thus games enjoy higher ratings, more attention paid, and more attendance (per game).
    I’m sorry you happen to be a Lions fan (hey, at least you have the Red Wings, right?!), but what about the days when you built a team over years through solid drafting, good talent evaluation, sensible trades, good coaching, and consistent gameday execution?
    Thats how the Cowboys did it going from startup in 1960 to winning the division in 6 years and playing for the NFL championship in 7 years–all without a salary cap, parity, or revenue sharing.

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