Cowboys having trouble counting lately


If your offense is going to turn it over three times and your defense is going to have to carry your team, it would be nice if they got some help on special teams.

Instead, the Cowboys sent 10 men on the field twice in last week’s win over the Bucs, dodging bullets both times, according to Tim McMahon of

While neither a punt return or a field goal block unit cost the Cowboys a big play, it does point to some of the fundamental breakdowns that have plagued them.

It’s hardly an accident they’re the league’s second most-penalized team, and they have three players in the top four in the league in false starts (Tyron Smith leads the league with five, right tackle Doug Free is tied for second with four and tight end Jason Witten is tied for fourth with three).

17 responses to “Cowboys having trouble counting lately

  1. DeCamillis should be fired, same with Garrett. The special teams has been terrible and the Cowboys are lucky their punter not only didn’t get another punt blocked, but also their player killed. Garrett is over his head as well, always has been. He is a terrible OC and head coach. The Seattle game, with 10 days off, was a total joke and they are, most likely, the worst return team in the league.

  2. Remember that Jason G. is Jerry’s coach and can do no wrong. It’s all the player’s fault for not being prepared to play. If only there was something that Jason could do.

  3. Something aint right here. And for all you that really think that Jason is Jerry’s puppet, you are dead wrong. That is not the way it is there. And for you football know-nothings who continue to compare him to Dan Snyder, he was a Collegiate All American lineman at Arkansas. Not exactly a tiny school. He did not become a billionaire by being an idiot. Yes, he never met a mic he did not like and he does get carried away, but shut it please on this puppet nonsense. Go see what Parcells says about working with him.

  4. Agree that DeCamillis should be fired. He should have been last year, but they kept him for obvious (legal) reasons. He yells, screams and gets animated, but he’s been a major disappointment.

  5. Truth be told, if DeCamillis hadn’t had his neck broken a few years ago in a freak training camp accident, he’d have already been fired. Something tells me Dallas fans better just get used to pathetic special teams play for the rest of our lives…..

  6. How is it refs can tell when theres 12 men on the field but can’t when theres 10. Maybe jerry jones should hire someone to keep count on how many players are on the field.

  7. knackstermyea says:
    Sep 25, 2012 5:41 PM
    I can count the 5 championships they have. Scoreboard.


    and the detroit lions have won 4 NFL championships. who the hell cares? were you even alive for any of the cowboys super bowls? moron.

  8. “I can count the 5 championships they have. Scoreboard.”

    And my team has 6. So what? We’re not talking about 1995 or before here. It’s 2012, and teams are still expected to be able to count to 11 (perhaps a difficult chore for Dallas fans). There is NO excuse for not having enough men on the field.

    Sometimes I wonder what it is exactly that Garrett does that is so important. He doesn’t make personnel decisions, can’t call plays worth a nickel (and never could), doesn’t seem able to motivate his players, and is letting his special teams coach get away with sheer incompetence.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with the Cowboys being their usual mentally slightly challenged selves.

    IIRC, counting the players is the responsibility of the punter, the kickoff man, the holder, and the punt return man. The holder assumes the kicker is there.

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