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Cowboys starting offense not ready for prime time yet


The Dallas Cowboys’ first-team offense played 11 snaps in Monday night’s prime-time preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. And much like their counterparts, the Cowboys’ offensive starters didn’t look ready for prime time.

Quarterback Tony Romo was without wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), and only had Dez Bryant (hamstring) for a snap or three. Bryant caught a 24-yard pass down the right sideline on Dallas’ second play from scrimmage, but exited shortly thereafter. Romo can be forgiven for his 3-of-6 for 30-yard game.

But the Cowboys’ run blocking was a major issue. Top tailback DeMarco Murray and change-of-pace guy Felix Jones found no room to run against Oakland’s front four. Murray was buried at the line of scrimmage on both of his carries, amounting to no positive yardage. Jones gained four yards on two rushing attempts and threw in a dropped pass for good measure.

Romo’s other two completions went to tight end Jason Witten, one for a gain of eight and the other for a loss of two. Romo’s remaining three pass attempts were intended for undrafted rookie receiver Cole Beasley, Jones (aforementioned drop), and Witten (sailed high).

The Cowboys will go back to the drawing board in practice this coming week.

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55 Responses to “Cowboys starting offense not ready for prime time yet”
  1. bigshirk says: Aug 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    Lol the Raiders are “rusty”, but the Cowboys are just “Not ready for primetime” Go figure. Even tho Raiders actually looked better.

  2. electionconfidential says: Aug 13, 2012 9:13 PM

    To sports writers Romo can always “be forgiven”. He’s become their statistical hero. But tonight’s Cowboys are showing NOTHING on offense including the QB position. I’d hate to hear the thoughts going on in Jones’s head right now because you KNOW he wanted to come out and show something.

  3. billymc75 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:14 PM

    It’s still preseason

  4. hulkhogansays says: Aug 13, 2012 9:15 PM

    Confirmed : The Redskins are going 6-0 in our division this season brother. Dallas had trouble vs Grossman/Gaffney…can’t imagine how RGIII/Garcon will sweep ’em brother.

  5. moerawn says: Aug 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    Yeah the Cowboys are already in late season form.

  6. vtraidernation says: Aug 13, 2012 9:22 PM

    Cowboys – 11 plays, 22 yards HA.

  7. jomochiefsfan84 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:24 PM

    How about you talk about how horrible their defense looked as well. This is just preseason but still gives you a feel of what teams weaknesses are.

  8. o0omorriso0o says: Aug 13, 2012 9:28 PM

    The Raiders looked slightly better and you can so tell the bias here. Raiders rusty and Cowboys not ready for prime time? Give me a break PFT!!!

  9. quizguy66 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:33 PM

    I assume Nate Livings was starting for the Cowboys? Even with Wharton out for the year there is no way I’d have wanted to see him back with my Bengals.


  10. cags777 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:38 PM

    Tonight’s game is just plain pitiful.

  11. jimr10 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:38 PM

    I know this is pre-season but this is the worst game I have ever seen.. Cowboys have a lot of work to do…

  12. tonyromoisterrible says: Aug 13, 2012 9:39 PM

    The girls will finish 4-12 this year. No interior line help, no safety help, and their line backs are pedestrian. Pass rush is still only ware. If I was a cowgirl I would ask Jerry why he continues to pick the players.


  13. Soulman45 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:40 PM

    The Cowgirls was 8-8 soon to be 2-14.

  14. skins716 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    one word for the cowgirls offense this season: INEPT

  15. nokoolaidcowboy says: Aug 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    Coach Garrett…pffth!

    What a joke. Nice guy, but not HC material. Just another Jerry Jones puppet.

  16. pjamdragon says: Aug 13, 2012 9:44 PM

    Too bad they didnt start on the 3 after the INT in the 1st qtr b/c dude was down by contact. They coulda used the work.
    Plus these 2 teams (DAL, OAK) were the most penalized last year… one attribute that is severly overlooked is the ability to concentrate. Fumbled snaps, offsides, running into the kicker, dropping passes, etc. etc… the little things.
    And thats why certain teams arent really Super Bowl contenders.

  17. pjamdragon says: Aug 13, 2012 9:51 PM


  18. ppc50 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    I agree with the opinion on Garrett, he is not a very good coach at all, never has been, and his lack of good decision making cost them at least 3 games last year. That being said, the season starts in 3 weeks, they better find some answers on the O-Line quick (regardless of current injuries), as well as a #3 WR. The way it stands now, Romo will not make it through the season.

  19. truthandhope says: Aug 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    Loving the Cowboys regular season schedule this year. Brutal. They could easily end up fourth in their division.

  20. geniusfan says: Aug 13, 2012 9:57 PM

    Who cares? It’s the preseason every offense is working on getting ready for “prime time”. Rodgers, Brady, and Brees didn’t exactly set the world on fire either.

  21. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 13, 2012 9:58 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Cowboys’ starting offense hasn’t been ready for prime time since 1996 …

  22. ihatepancakes says: Aug 13, 2012 9:58 PM

    That team is so laughable right now, from their joke of QB right down to their mother-beating WR. I mean seriously, how can Dez Bryant even show his face in that locker room. I’m surprised he’s not on PUP with “multiple bruises from teammates fists”

  23. jcg23 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    Romo will be in a full body cast if we can’t find a Center.

  24. realfootballfan says: Aug 13, 2012 10:23 PM

    Ready to fire Garrett yet. Time to start over.

  25. dasmol says: Aug 13, 2012 10:24 PM

    Enough of the candy coating already. Just say it. Both first team offenses sucked.

  26. abninf says: Aug 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    Eh. Tom Landry rarely won a preseason game yet had 20 straight winning seasons. But no, I don’t think Garrett will have 20 straight winning seasons. Just making a point.

  27. calizcowboyz says: Aug 13, 2012 10:39 PM

    LMAO! Idiots!
    Starters out on oline- Livings and Costa.

    Starting at “center” 2nd year “guard” Arkin.

    Arkin, who Never played center before last week!

    Also out- starters Miles Austin, Claiborne, and Jenkins!

    So 5 Starters out and we are Still handling the Raiders at their house!

    That is how good we are! Our second stringers are beating their first stringers!

  28. vincentbojackson says: Aug 13, 2012 10:44 PM

    Not sure what game you all were watching, the Cowboy’s offense looked to be in mid-season form to me.

  29. gcsuk says: Aug 13, 2012 10:50 PM

    WHAT?!?!?!?! A story about an NFC East team, and no comment from “hulkhogansays”? Is this a sign of the Apocalypse?

  30. eventhorizon04 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:50 PM

    Problem for the Cowboys is their awful offensive line.

    Romo being hit as he finished his 5 step drops, Murray getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage, etc.

    At some point, having big name WRs and RBs and TEs means nothing if your offensive line is so crummy that plays don’t have time to develop.

  31. bamboozle99 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:51 PM

    If RG3 plays well coming out of the gate, Cowboys just might fall to the bottom of the NFC East.

  32. foozeball says: Aug 13, 2012 11:00 PM

    All of this hate after 11 snaps in the preseason. Has this offense ever finished lower than the top 10 since romo took over (and played more than 12 games in a season)

  33. dominicthedonkey says: Aug 13, 2012 11:01 PM

    Cowgirls suck as much as the Sheagles

  34. deddmunnie says: Aug 13, 2012 11:11 PM

    “Romo can be forgiven for his 3-of-6 for 30-yard game.”

    Same old Cowpukes…. Same old excuses…. Same old apologies for Romo….

    Here’s to the same old result!!!!

    All flash – no cash!

    But hey you’re “the most talented” team in the NFL!!! LMAO

  35. mf7krime says: Aug 13, 2012 11:13 PM

    gcsuk says:

    WHAT?!?!?!?! A story about an NFC East team, and no comment from “hulkhogansays”? Is this a sign of the Apocalypse?


    Hulk is crying in a corner after all that smack he talked about Andrew Luck who then went out and made his Bob Griffin look second rate brother.

  36. cowboys8819 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:28 PM

    Wow sounds like everybody on here used to be Cowboys fans and then jumped off the bandwagon and are still bitter because they have had some bad years! It’s the preseason you idiots and I bet you don’t write on your own teams stories…. That’s right because you are really Cowboys fans!

  37. skinsfan91 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:49 PM

    If Luck made Griffin look second rate then I guess he made Tom Brady look 40th or 50th rate.

  38. calizcowboyz says: Aug 14, 2012 12:05 AM


    Hey you cant score you cant win = Fact!

    Raiders = 60 minutes of ZERO!

    That with Claiborne, Jenkins, ans Spencer not playing tonight! Ouch, 3 Starters out on defense and still got that booty spanked at their own house!

  39. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 14, 2012 12:22 AM

    Young beat up O line Exposed!

  40. localbandhero says: Aug 14, 2012 1:14 AM

    Was I in a coma and is it already the regular season?

    I love that people are talking of firing a coach AFTER A PRESEASON GAME.

    It’s the preseason….they try stuff they don’t try in the regular season, they get a feel for what they’re capable of, etc….

    Anyone that takes ANY preseason game to heart is either 1) ignorant of the NFL, 2) Stupid, or 3) a dedicated hater of whatever team they’re bashing.

    On a side note, did anyone else giggle when the refs placed the ball outside the hashmarks and Romo had to correct them?

  41. tatum064 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:15 AM

    One is a team that can’t get over the hump, and the other is a team constantly needing to re-start and/or reinvent themselves.

    Both are works in progress.

  42. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 14, 2012 1:25 AM

    As many good points are made here…aside from the crazy rumblings of hulkhogansays….

    Keep in mind it’s preseason. Anything can happen. And it usually does….

    That’s why we keep coming back

  43. skinsfanwill says: Aug 14, 2012 1:43 AM

    What the heck was Ware seeing in this Offensive tackle? He couldn’t block a stationary bike. No one on that line blocked anybody. I guess we did see tonight how the hype continues. And don’t give me that preseason crap. They had just as much time in camp as everyone else.

  44. tom35mt says: Aug 14, 2012 2:30 AM

    Yes, let’s all draw to conclusions after ONE pre-season game because that’s what any sane person would do

  45. drdavid7 says: Aug 14, 2012 5:34 AM

    Last timer I checked, this was the first PREseason game. A game where you shake off the rust and see where you need to improve. It’s a marathon to January, not a sprint to September. If Dallas doesn’t get a center off the street, it’s going to be a long year.

  46. starfan79 says: Aug 14, 2012 6:14 AM

    First preseason game of the year showed what everybody out there new… No offensive line. The you g DE’s looked good, Barry Church looked more active back there in the safety spot. Need a third WR yesterday.

    And it’s a preseason game.. Y’all need to calm down!

  47. nashwaakkidd says: Aug 14, 2012 6:58 AM

    jerrah the gm in charge..tony the turnover under center =4th place in the nfc east

  48. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Aug 14, 2012 7:02 AM

    makes you wonder what they’ve been doing at practice. Spent more $$$ on the Offensive line (and they brought in Callahan) and they looked WORSE than last years unit. I guess this is what happens when you consistently overlook drafting Offensive lineman year after year. Jerrah needs to do an Al Davis and let his less clueless (although still technically clueless) son take the reins.

  49. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    the cowbots are superbowl bound. trust me on this. there is a reason they call me thesmartestmanever and when i tell you the cowboys are going to the superbowl it’s because i saw jerry jones buying 53 tickets. ha!!!! anyone of you cowpusses think Andrew Luck outplayed RGIII it’s because you didn’t see the 65 yard touchdown was only a 9 yard pass the rest was all running. besides check the qb rating. RGIII 145.6 qb rating the highest qb rating the first week of the pre season

  50. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    question is if every team in the league played at least two qb’s this weekend and Robert Griffin 3 has a higher rating than all of them, how could you call him second rate brother? wouldn’t that make him BETTER than the rest? would you call a lamborghini second rate because your hyundai gets better gas mileage? cowboy fans are the funniest….

  51. frantheman56 says: Aug 14, 2012 9:56 AM

    “RGIII 145.6 qb rating the highest qb rating the first week of the pre season”…listen realize he attempted a whopping 6 passes right? Of those 6, only 1 pass traveled more than 10 yards pass the line of scrimmage.

    Let’s throw a party for him and celebrate. Woo HOO!!!! Where does he get to put his preseason week 1 MVP trophy?

  52. frantheman56 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    “Has this offense ever finished lower than the top 10 since romo took over (and played more than 12 games in a season)”

    They were the 15th scoring offense in the NFL last year…and Romo played in 16 games.

  53. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 14, 2012 1:18 PM

    Their window is permanently closed.

  54. wcdunkenfield says: Aug 14, 2012 3:07 PM

    Let’s face it, for the last several years, the NFC East has been: one great (but giving their fans a heart attack) team — Giants; one lousy “who-are-they-and-what-are-they-doing-now team” — Eagles; one “oh my god, they snatched defeat from victory again” bad team — Cowboys; and one team that would struggle in the NCAA Division 2 — Redskins.

    As long as Jones and Snyder are running things in Dallas and Washington, little will get better. And Lurie is not much better, but he at least has Reid.

    The GMen, and I’m loathe to say this, are the only thing the NFC East has going for it. And Coughlin, despite all the bad things that have been said about him over the years, seems to be a great coach.

  55. calij5619 says: Aug 14, 2012 10:07 PM

    They’ll be ready by time prime te really gets here just ironing out the rough spots.

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