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Igor Olshansky criticizes Cowboys offense

In our first Cowboys post of the day, wide receiver Roy Williams showed that he has a tenuous relationship with reality.  Defensive end Igor Olshansky seems more on this Earth.

Olshansky went off this week about offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s playcalling.

“Don’t give the ball away,” Olshansky said on ESPN 103.3 FM  this week per Matt Mosley of ESPN.com’s NFC Beast blog.
“I mean, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the
ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an
interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced
fumble. See, there’s a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass
plays]. … You’ve got to run the ball.”

Olshansky thinks the mindset to throw all the time is ingrained in the team.

“You’ve got to be stubborn about it,” said Olshansky. “You’ve got to be
stubborn about who you are. If you’re a running team, run the ball in
OTAs, minicamp, training camp and all that.”

The Cowboys are not in the top ten in the NFL in giveaways, so turnovers is only one of their problems.  They are 25th in takeaways and 31st in rushing. 

Olshansky is right to a point, but there is plenty of blame to go around, including on the Dallas defense.

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33 Responses to “Igor Olshansky criticizes Cowboys offense”
  1. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Nov 5, 2010 12:22 PM

    This is AWESOME. The IMPLOSION of this over hyped team continues.
    COWBOYS SUCK.

  2. Squab says: Nov 5, 2010 12:25 PM

    thanks Igor. I’ve been waiting to see wich Boy was going to step up and make a statement. Anything other that, “leave Wade alone, we like him.”
    He is right, although he speaks from a side of the ball that needs just as much work, but right nonetheless.
    Cool, someone in D is showing frustration and passion

  3. BigBlueFlaFan says: Nov 5, 2010 12:26 PM

    Igor is an idiot. He makes his one tackle a game in garbage time when the opposing team is using their second stringers and he runs around like a mad man like he made some special highlight play.
    Admit that you are part of the real problem with the Cowboys (I.e. DEFENSE) and maybe then you can talk.

  4. JackBurden says: Nov 5, 2010 12:26 PM

    Poor, Cowstains, how could they be so bad?
    I bet they still place 10 players on the NFC Pro Bowl squad…don’t you love fan voting?

  5. D wins games says: Nov 5, 2010 12:27 PM

    Igor has shown his idiot stripes in the past, but hard to argue here. You have 3 excellent backs, one of whom is a gamebreaker, a big O-line that struggles with pass protection and you are 31st in the league running with a stupidly high pass-run ratio. Guess Jason is no longer the boy genius…

  6. Strick says: Nov 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    “Thank you for calling Prime Credit. My name is Peggy…”

  7. Xpensive Wino says: Nov 5, 2010 12:31 PM

    This is the same moron who was showing off his Dancing With The Stars moves after routine tackles, late in the game while getting destroyed at home a few weeks ago by the Giants in front of a national audience.
    He should be focused a bit more on himself and why he hasn’t made a play all year that mattered.

  8. Rarely Serious says: Nov 5, 2010 12:33 PM

    Is this goon a coach or a player? I`m sick of losing too, but this guy needs to focus on his own job.

  9. FloridaMike says: Nov 5, 2010 12:35 PM

    Wasn’t this the same guy who was dancing after a tackle when they were down 18 points to the Giants?

  10. Hawkeye says: Nov 5, 2010 12:39 PM

    Wade’s summer camps are tough.
    Camp Cupcake.
    Camp Clueless.
    Camp Crybaby.
    Next year = Camp Fire.
    D
    Son of Bum no more.

  11. east96st says: Nov 5, 2010 12:43 PM

    All this coming from the guy that danced after making a routine tackle in the Giants game AFTER NY had scored 31 unanswered points and was trying to run out the clock. Maybe if Igor did less dancing and stopped the opposing offense BEFORE they ran off 31 straight, things might get better that way. His is right about the coaches being a problem. Any decent coach would have screamed in his face after that performance and asked what, exactly, was he dancing about.

  12. MightyMightyLAFootball says: Nov 5, 2010 12:48 PM

    If starting Jon Kitna doesn’t get Garrett to call some more run plays, nothing will…

  13. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Nov 5, 2010 12:53 PM

    I mean I hate the Cowbums right along with the best of them but who the F is Igor to talk ANY trash?
    And what amazing logic he has..dirr run the ball cuz youz not fumbull as much…Igor is an idiot and now he is just making it that much easier to crack a beer and watch the implosion.

  14. hank moody says: Nov 5, 2010 12:55 PM

    He is right. But, the defense is terrible, esp at inside linebacker and safety. EAGLES SUCK

  15. Lucky5927 says: Nov 5, 2010 1:00 PM

    BigBlueFlaFan says:
    November 5, 2010 12:26 PM
    Igor is an idiot. He makes his one tackle a game in garbage time when the opposing team is using their second stringers and he runs around like a mad man like he made some special highlight play.
    Admit that you are part of the real problem with the Cowboys (I.e. DEFENSE) and maybe then you can talk.
    ________________________________
    Well, so ok… he had one tackle… the important part of a 3-4 is how he holds his blockers for the linebackers to make their tackles. That is how you should truly judge a defensive lineman in a 3-4 defense. Now on to the topic at hand. The offense needs to step up. They have so much talent on that side of the ball its sickening. 4 picks last week, 3 on tipped balls by WR’s. No sustained effort to run the ball…. the defense is probably wore the hell out by the end of the game. I’d be pissed too!

  16. Trojanman58 says: Nov 5, 2010 1:04 PM

    I love it! Let the backbiting and finger pointing begin! It was only a matter of time before the NFLs version of the Yankees began to implode! You can spend billions of dollars on a stadium and hundreds of millions in salaries but none of that buys leadership or taking responsibility. I love when the cowgirls implode!!!

  17. timbo51 says: Nov 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    Its funny how a non-impact player like Igor calls out the O. Maybe if it were D. Ware then it would sink in a little more. Igor sucks and so do the Cow Pies!!!!!

  18. badmood says: Nov 5, 2010 1:11 PM

    “PED’S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says:
    November 5, 2010 12:22 PM
    This is AWESOME. The IMPLOSION of this over hyped team continues.
    COWBOYS SUCK.”
    Another extraordinarily intelligent comment to go along with a totally objective article. Do you haters even watch football or do you just jump on the bandwagon.

  19. borg says: Nov 5, 2010 1:13 PM

    Wade Phillips reacted to Igor’s critique by saying…”I think will meet to talk about having a team meeting where Coach Jones can address this topic. I’ll get back to you when the meeting about the meeting is addressed. Coach Jones is at his scheduled “tuck” appointment.”

  20. zaavonb says: Nov 5, 2010 1:19 PM

    eagles suck right ya who 2nd and whos last your coach will be fired your players suck and your gm suck so when yall lose to the jags like really that means your a horrible organization and this week you will be embarrased horribly by the packers

  21. Doc Fluty says: Nov 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    he just described the chiefs offense… run.. run …run .. pass… run … run… run…. run…

  22. zleep says: Nov 5, 2010 1:22 PM

    Olshansky is completely wrong. You decide to just run, and every defense will be able to stop you. Why can’t casual loudmouth fans and even some players understand that in today’s NFL if you commit to the run, you can’t run? Simple fact. Defenses are too good and react well to tendencies and blocking schemes. To run well, it’s a matter of OL personnel (including run-blocking tackles, not anti-sack specialists) and commitment by TE and WR to block or run deceptive routes, and talent of RB. And a major threat of passing! A team with all those things, maybe they can run. It’s not strategic so much. Look at one of the late great running teams: Marshall Faulk with the Rams. You got it, with Mad Martz. And Faulk had all those things listed, and he set records.

  23. Joe says: Nov 5, 2010 1:35 PM

    Florio, why do you help the NFL with the Famous Hype of the Phony Cowboys? Can we all just let them crawl under their Rock and let them die the slow death they so much deserve, and start reporting them again when the owner starts firing everyone starting with the famous GM! Yes, that is YOU Jerry Jones!

  24. marcduke says: Nov 5, 2010 1:45 PM

    The Packer’s defense agrees with this idea. Please (try to) run the ball more this weekend.

  25. goskins575 says: Nov 5, 2010 1:56 PM

    Thanks for the chime in, Igor. Maybe if he stopped dancing after making tackles when down by three touchdowns, I’d give a flying F about what this dopey guy has to say.

  26. Laxer37 says: Nov 5, 2010 2:00 PM

    What offense?

  27. Nacho Nacho Cheez says: Nov 5, 2010 2:02 PM

    How about some team spirit cowboys ?
    Geez, no wonder you’re having troubles – yikes !

  28. petro says: Nov 5, 2010 2:07 PM

    What a mess of a franchise.

  29. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Nov 5, 2010 2:18 PM

    badmood says:
    November 5, 2010 1:11 PM
    “PED’S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says:
    November 5, 2010 12:22 PM
    This is AWESOME. The IMPLOSION of this over hyped team continues.
    COWBOYS SUCK.”
    Another extraordinarily intelligent comment to go along with a totally objective article. Do you haters even watch football or do you just jump on the bandwagon.
    ————————————————-
    Aww, shucks. Im flattered. I got my very own internet stalker.
    Its you whos an idiot. I guess you dont know what implosion means. Im not gonna waste my time explaining it to you, because if you knew what it meant you’d understand that IMPLOSION is the PERFECT word to describe the cowboys season, or lack thereof.
    But your absolutely right about one thing. I HATE THE COWBOYS. And watching them fall apart, and NOW start ripping each other, is great and almost as good as when the Eagles beat them.
    Host the superbowl? AHAHAHA… they may not win another game !!! LMFAO
    Cowboys SUCK !!!!

  30. Mullenuts says: Nov 5, 2010 2:21 PM

    zaavonb says:
    November 5, 2010 1:19 PM
    eagles suck right ya who 2nd and whos last your coach will be fired your players suck and your gm suck so when yall lose to the jags like really that means your a horrible organization and this week you will be embarrased horribly by the packers
    *****************************
    I feel like I should agree with you. You sound like a well-educated person. Par for the course for an Eagles fan.

  31. Draft King says: Nov 5, 2010 2:38 PM

    Dallas has several needs: offensive line, ILB, and safety come to mind. But I agree with Igor on this: with Marion Barber III, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice on the roster, the Cowboys would be wise to have a solid commitment to the run.

  32. CanadianVikingFanII says: Nov 5, 2010 2:44 PM

    The Vikings are only fighting their coach, the Cowboys are fighting each other. Schism.

  33. troll_aikman8 says: Nov 5, 2010 4:27 PM

    Igor is a Wade Phillips guy. He’ll defend the village idiot to no end.

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