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Cowboys closing in on Saints’ record for yards allowed

mattforte AP

Last year the Saints set a new NFL record by allowing 7,042 total yards over the course of the season, a pathetic defensive performance that resulted in New Orleans making wholesale changes on defense, including hiring coordinator Rob Ryan, who had just been fired by the Cowboys.

This year, Ryan has turned the Saints’ defense around. But his old team is threatening to break his new team’s dubious record.

After last night’s pathetic performance in a loss to the Bears, the Cowboys’ defense has allowed 3,880 passing yards and 1,669 rushing yards for a total of 5,549 yards on the season. That means if the Cowboys allow 1,494 yards over the final three games, they’ll break the record. That works out to 498 yards a game, and last night the Cowboys allowed 497 yards to the Bears.

New Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is taking a lot of the blame in Dallas, as he should. There was a time when Kiffin was among the most respected defensive coordinators in football, but that was a long time ago. Kiffin was an utter failure as a defensive coordinator while working for his son, Lane Kiffin, at USC, and he’s been a failure this year in Dallas. It would be a shame for Kiffin to end a fine career by coordinating a defense that sets an all-time record for yards allowed, but he’s heading in that direction.

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63 Responses to “Cowboys closing in on Saints’ record for yards allowed”
  1. 700levelvet says: Dec 10, 2013 7:18 AM

    Well it is… “The most mediocre franchise in sports”… What do you expect?

  2. ravenswhat says: Dec 10, 2013 7:22 AM

    The sky is blue, water is wet, the Cowboys are going to miss the playoffs…

  3. mataug says: Dec 10, 2013 7:23 AM

    You forgot to mention that the Redskins are among their three remaining opponents :)

  4. zam0854 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:23 AM

    Dallas is doomed until this skeleton of an owner leaves this earth…for allowing this goofy, old owner to constantly become the focus of attention after the game is hilarious. I can’t remember the last time I seen Garrett interviewed, yet reporters wants to hear what this poor owner has to say about his defense that couldn’t defend the local youth footballs team offense.

  5. chief67 says: Dec 10, 2013 7:26 AM

    Monte Kiffin and all Kiffins for that matter, STINK !

  6. fatsolio says: Dec 10, 2013 7:30 AM

    Romo’s fault!!!

    Monte’s time in the NFL was done years ago. The guy is probably simply too old to adapt to the way the NFL is now. Amusing Jones would go and hire him.

  7. alewatcher says: Dec 10, 2013 7:30 AM

    Yeah, really looks like Rob Ryan was the problem with the Dallas defense. Glad you got that sorted out, Jerry.

  8. tvjules says: Dec 10, 2013 7:35 AM

    How will the Cowboys GM explain this one?

  9. thegreatestofalltimes says: Dec 10, 2013 7:37 AM

    Talk about a mess on defense. The worst part is that the Cowboys are going to be $31M over the cap next year, more than double that of the next closest team (Saints @ $13M over), allowing them little wiggle-room in the FA market, if any, to replace this horrendous D. Better hope for a great draft. And new coaching. And new GM. And…

  10. jimiinpa says: Dec 10, 2013 7:50 AM

    yeah…it was all Rob’s fault

  11. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 10, 2013 7:54 AM

    How many times does Jerry have to prove to the world he knows nothing about football?

  12. joetoronto says: Dec 10, 2013 7:57 AM

    Looking at the mess that is the Cowboys defense, you have to point the finger at the GM. it’s clearly his fault.

    Right, Jerrah?

  13. tincansailor981 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:01 AM

    I’m rooting for you Dallas, you can do this.

  14. starderup says: Dec 10, 2013 8:02 AM

    Exactly what I was thinking, alewatcher! It should be a big wakeup call for the morons in Dallas, but I don’t expect any changes until Rony Tomo wins a Super Bowl. In other words, never.
    Even though my boys are already out of it, I still get a charge out of seeing the Cowgirls fail over and over.
    America’s team. LOL.

  15. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 10, 2013 8:13 AM

    I drink your pain. Drink it.

  16. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    How’s that firing of Rob Ryan working out?

    When you allow a team to score on every drive, you’re going to lose. Disgustingly bad defense. The way Philly is playing there’s no way they wont roll over Dallas. And if Rodgers comes back next week it wont matter, because Dallas will probably end up being 2 games back when week 17 arrives.

    Sickening. Garrett, Kiffin Callahan, and most importantl Jerry all need to go.

    What a pathetic excuse for a franchise the last 18 years.

  17. 6ball says: Dec 10, 2013 8:20 AM

    .

    Would Cowboys fans do a Jones, Garrett and Romo for Kraft, Belichick and Brady deal?

    No ? what if the Patriots threw in a 3rd rounder?

    .

  18. rjguerra says: Dec 10, 2013 8:20 AM

    No other team has allowed 490 yards twice this year, Cowboys have done it 5 times. Twice, the Cowboys have allowed the opposing offense to score on every drive in the game this year. No other team has done this since 1981.

    It blows my mind how Monte Kiffin is still employed. For the love of everything that is holy Jerry, please terminate this man and call Rob Ryan to apologize.

    That is all.

    Sincerely,
    Cowboy Fans

  19. 80sbroncofan says: Dec 10, 2013 8:22 AM

    Good idea to fire Rob Ryan. Should have fired the general manager.

  20. America's Team is Also God's Team says: Dec 10, 2013 8:22 AM

    This was a sham. Alshon Jeffery pushed off at the end of the half. Terrible call on a pick that swung momentum. Countless holds by the Bears o-line, push-offs by their WR’s and defensive holds. Ridiculous roughing the QB calls.

    Chicago has been a corrupt town since Al Capone and prohibition and its obvious last night they paid the officiating crew to allow Chicago to win. No one wants to see Jerry and company succeeed and fulfill America’s destiny.

    #extortiongate #outtogetAmericasteam

  21. doctorart2013 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:30 AM

    WOW, that was as a big a disgrace defensively I’ve seen in many a year coming from a PLAYOFF contender! If the Eagles don’t have the NFC East locked before the game on the 29th, the Eagles offence is going to lambaste that Cowboys D for the Division title…EAGLES!!!!

  22. tvjules says: Dec 10, 2013 8:44 AM

    What do you expect from a megalomaniac owner that has surrounded himself with “yes-men”?: GM, VP, HC, DC, and OC.

  23. askingwater says: Dec 10, 2013 8:52 AM

    What does all of this prove? That the Giants are the worst team in the NFL. How can you be in a division with two PROVEN knucklehead franchises (Dallas and Washington) and a rookie head coach (Philly) and start out 0-6 and not win your division? People ought to remember this year when the Eli Manning or Tom Coughlin HOF debates begin early next decade.

  24. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 10, 2013 8:52 AM

    There was a time when Kiffin was among the most respected defensive coordinators in football, but that was a long time ago…

    a LONG LONG LONG time ago!

    LOL

  25. bobl242 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:53 AM

    merica’s Team is Also God’s Team says:
    Dec 10, 2013 8:22 AM
    This was a sham. Alshon Jeffery pushed off at the end of the half. Terrible call on a pick that swung momentum. Countless holds by the Bears o-line, push-offs by their WR’s and defensive holds. Ridiculous roughing the QB calls.

    Chicago has been a corrupt town since Al Capone and prohibition and its obvious last night they paid the officiating crew to allow Chicago to win. No one wants to see Jerry and company succeeed and fulfill America’s destiny.

    #extortiongate #outtogetAmericasteam
    ————————————————————

    Dude, stop living in the 90’s and face reality, your team stinks! Worst defense, some of the worst coaches and worst GM in the league. Really?Blaming the officials for this beat down? Your right about one thing though, love to see Dallas fail. And it’s not because I hate the cowboys. It’s the fans like you and that smug owner that I hate.

  26. tmac4454 says: Dec 10, 2013 8:59 AM

    Jenny said there will be some changes. First of all he need to start with himself x2. (Owner, President & GM) no wonder he looks as if he is about to crack with that wrinkle face. Can’t no one man hold those many positions. Dallas Cowgirls fans are diluted with denial. The 90’s are 86’d and there will be no new era coming to Dallas anytime soon.

  27. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    LOL @ America’s Team is Also God’s Team
    how can people be so ignorant?!
    oh yeah, good one, bring up Al Capone?!?! That’ll make it feel better won’t it?!?!

  28. kingpel says: Dec 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    And I turn on the TV to hear Jerry talking about how their offense has to do a better job. Ha!

  29. stoutfiles says: Dec 10, 2013 9:26 AM

    “I can’t remember the last time I seen Garrett interviewed, yet reporters wants to hear what this poor owner has to say about his defense that couldn’t defend the local youth footballs team offense.”

    Who would anyone care what a puppet has to say? Might as well talk directly to the puppetmaster.

  30. mcmccii says: Dec 10, 2013 9:37 AM

    Oh thank heavens.

  31. mcmccii says: Dec 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    And hey Cowboys, thanks for firing Rob Ryan. He is a perfect fit with us in NOLA

  32. gavriloprincip33 says: Dec 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    zam0854 says:
    Dec 10, 2013 7:23 AM
    Dallas is doomed until this skeleton of an owner leaves this earth.

    —————–

    I have two words for you – Stephen Jones…

    Sadly, Stephen actually knows less about football that his father. Our only hope is that Stephen will be smart enough to hire a real GM…

  33. anthonybagley says: Dec 10, 2013 10:00 AM

    I have always been a Cowboys fan. Even when they have a losing season. When the Cowboys went 1 and 15 when Troy was a rookie, I still pulled for the Cowboys. Then we won the Super Bowl and Jerry Jones got jealous that Jimmy Johnson was getting all the credit for winning so he made Jimmy leave so he could start being the one that gets all the credit. He only hires coaches that will let him use them so he can make all the decisions ! Well we see how that worked out, The Cowboys are always falling short. No motivation and always loosing the games that they should win. Jerry PLEASE hire a coach with some balls that will give this team some structure and will hold the players accountable! Let the head coach do the drafting so we can bring in some great players and get the Dallas Cowboys back on top like they once were. Only you Jerry have the power to do this! You are the reason the Cowboys are in this position. Please for your team and all of us Cowboys fans, DO THE RIGHT THING… signed very concerned fan…..

  34. eagles022 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Gotta love America’s team. HA

  35. doubleogator says: Dec 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    Awww, thanks Gerry… signed: A Saints fan.

  36. abusementland says: Dec 10, 2013 10:24 AM

    Next up, Green Bay with Rodgers possibly coming back…..

  37. denverdude7 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    How ’bout them allas Cowboys !!!!!!!

  38. realfootballfan says: Dec 10, 2013 10:37 AM

    It begs the question, how much of Kiffin’s success is owed to Tony Dungy. He has never been anything special as a coordinator before or since running the system that Dungy oversaw implementation of in Tampa. Even there, as the core of that team went away, the defense was falling apart as he wasn’t acclimating new parts to the system. It was the main reason Jon Gruden got fired when he did as that defense collapsed in December of 2008.

  39. linemanguy74 says: Dec 10, 2013 10:38 AM

    I thought I was watching the Packer D

  40. BigAlHeBDMan says: Dec 10, 2013 11:03 AM

    As a Saints fan I can proudly say that our team has many NFL records (Thanks to Sean Payton and Drew Brees), but the worst defense in history last year is one I’ll be happy to let the Cowboys break. Actually I almost feel sorry for their once proud fan base ( I said almost).

    Riddle me this: Last year the the Cowboys had Rob Ryan as their DC. Jerrah fired him saying he was the problem when their defense was credible. This year, he is in New Orleans and their defense when from worst in history to about 6th in the league with the Saints sitting on a 10-3 record and possibly a 2nd seed in the playoffs.

    The Cowboys , on the other hand, are getting their bell rung more than a dockside bordello next to a Navy shipyard.

    Thank you Jerrah for that gift. We’re hoping it carries us extremely far in the playoffs.

  41. dcstinks says: Dec 10, 2013 11:07 AM

    Long Live Jerry!!!
    -Eagles Fans

  42. dcstinks says: Dec 10, 2013 11:11 AM

    Its all Capone’s fault the Cowboys lost.. Wow, that is going down in the record book with the worst defense that you guys have.

  43. granadafan says: Dec 10, 2013 11:13 AM

    anthonybagley says: Dec 10, 2013 10:00 AM
    Jerry PLEASE hire a coach with some balls that will give this team some structure and will hold the players accountable!
    ============================================
    The problem is not the coach, it’s the Al Davis clone who doesn’t ALLOW his coach to hold the players accountable. The players know they can just go over the coach’s head to the GM/ owner.

    That said, what the Kiffins have done couldn’t have happened to more more deserving football programs in America: the Cowboys and U$C.

  44. norseyapper says: Dec 10, 2013 11:15 AM

    That was a brutal game to watch. Chicago scored every possession until they knelt down to end it.

    Jerry, in his scratchy and tired little old man voice, said that next week would be different because there will be changes. Changes like…personnel, or D-Coordinator, or like giving up on the pathetically outdated Tampa two defense in week 15, or like asking your offense to score more than 45 points so you have a chance to win?

    Every team has injuries, those with a decent GM have enough depth to compete. There is only one change that will help Dallas, although even a legit GM would be too late for this year.

  45. junglehawgs says: Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    I’ve been a Cowboys fan for 43 years!!!
    I’ve had it with our “GM”/Owner. No self-respecting coach will touch this franchise until that fool is gone. You would think that such a smart man would know his limitations and his limitations is running an NFL franchise.
    The only way to hurt this fool is not support his franchise.

    I’m done!!

  46. thefiesty1 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    Kiffin’s Defense is terrible. Should have kept Ryan.

  47. shayeezy says: Dec 10, 2013 11:29 AM

    what a great decision it was to pay brandon carr 50 million. he’s a solid corner and all, but no.

  48. junglehawgs says: Dec 10, 2013 11:30 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:

    Dec 10, 2013 7:54 AM
    “How many times does Jerry have to prove to the world he knows nothing about football?”

    roughly 17 times a season!!! And I’m a Cowboys fan.

    He’s the dumbest smart guy I know of.

  49. iloveagoodnap says: Dec 10, 2013 11:32 AM

    dcstinks says:
    Dec 10, 2013 11:11 AM
    Its all Capone’s fault the Cowboys lost.. Wow, that is going down in the record book with the worst defense that you guys have.
    ……………………….
    Hook, line and sinker. THe man is fishing for responses from people who actually think he’s being serious. Logicalvoicesays has been playing this same game for years.

    Do you really think this guy REALLY thinks Al Capone and prohibition have anything to do with last night? Of course not. he just wants you to get worked up about it. Congratulations to him, because he succeeded.

  50. newjerseygiants says: Dec 10, 2013 11:34 AM

    How ’bout dem Cowboys! Gosh darnit, dey be America’s Team!

  51. hotboudin says: Dec 10, 2013 11:45 AM

    LoL… Jerry Jones is the new Al Davis. What comes next ? picking the fastest 40 time in the draft ? Americas team… yup.. everyone loves a loser.

  52. killitandeatit says: Dec 10, 2013 11:46 AM

    The current state of the Dallas Cowboys is a very big deal in Texas. Texas has bbq. and football ,not necessarily in that order. I have many relatives in Texas ,they aren’t happy.
    The following actions must be implemented immediately:
    1. Fire M.K.-hire replacement
    2. Call every free agent defensive player sitting at home and get them to Dallas for a work out.
    3. Understand that this season is over and you are in a rebuilding mode.
    4. Have Jerry look in the mirror.

  53. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    junglehawgs says: Dec 10, 2013 11:20 AM

    I’ve been a Cowboys fan for 43 years!!!
    I’ve had it with our “GM”/Owner. No self-respecting coach will touch this franchise until that fool is gone. You would think that such a smart man would know his limitations and his limitations is running an NFL franchise.
    The only way to hurt this fool is not support his franchise.

    I’m done!!

    Eagles will take you in and forgive you of your awful sins. You are welcome to come the the greenside.
    let’s start with….
    E A G L E S .. EAGLES!!

  54. doctorart2013 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:50 AM

    Jerry should give Garrett a 5 year extension LOL!!!!! Cowboys are big time losers….EAGLES!!!! See ya the 29th!!!

  55. whodatgirl1969 says: Dec 10, 2013 12:22 PM

    Keep it coming, Cowgirls! We don’t mind you beating our record, in fact we expect it!

  56. hawkforlife says: Dec 10, 2013 12:28 PM

    Did you all see the pics of the Jones family last night in the owners box?

    Garrett must be waking up in the middle of the night praying to get fired.

  57. whodatnhollywood says: Dec 10, 2013 12:59 PM

    THE ROB RYAN REDEMPTION:

    Greatly improved Saints D! Demise of D in Dallas.

    Rob Ryan Is Redeemed. In New Orleans he’s a Saint. While Jerry Jones is a sinner.

  58. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 10, 2013 1:18 PM

    America’s Team is God’s Team says: Dec 10, 2013 12:00 PM

    #MilesAustin>BrandonMarshall

    you could NOT have typed that with a straight face!!!!

    Marshall:
    catches 84
    yds 1090
    td 9

    Austin:
    catches 19
    yds 179
    td ZERO!

    LOL

  59. cometkazie says: Dec 10, 2013 1:54 PM

    Meanwhile, Jerrah is crying all the way to the bank.

    Until season ticket holders don’t renew in droves, nothing will get his attention.

    $$$ talks and he isn’t losing $$, yet . . .

  60. BigAlHeBDMan says: Dec 10, 2013 3:46 PM

    So that’s why they call them the Doomsday Defense. No doubt in my mind they are doomed.

  61. BigAlHeBDMan says: Dec 10, 2013 6:45 PM

    Thanks Jerrah for giving New Orleans Rob Ryan. Not only did he fix our defense, but he’s the perfect person to play Sainta Claus at Christmas.

  62. rayb47 says: Dec 11, 2013 12:43 AM

    When ever I need a good laugh, I just read something about the Cowboys or Jerry Jones. I find more humor there than I do in the Sunday comics.

  63. saintsly says: Dec 11, 2013 10:05 AM

    To all you Cowboy fans………..You had Sean Payton as a coach but let him go. You had Ryan as a DC and you let him go. I remember reading that y’all wanted Ryan run out of town when he was there. The writing is on the wall, Jerrah don’t want excellent coaches, he wants his throne and no one will take that from him. Just keep sending us the players and coaches that don’t listen to Jerrah the fearless dictator

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