Once again, it's time for our weekly Q&A session with a blogger who covers the Patriots' upcoming opponent. Up this week is Darren Shetler from The Cowboys Nation. Here's what Jon had to say about the Cowboys and Pats leading up to Sunday's game.
1. Everyone says the Dallas Cowboys should be 4-0, if not for two collapses against the Jets and the Lions. So, who is more to blame for those failures? Tony Romo or Jason Garrett?
The thing with the Jets game is that I blamed Jason Witten more for that loss more than anyone else. How do you allow a 5’8” guy to tackle you in the open field when scoring a TD at that moment puts the game away? The fumble and pick to Revis was Tony trying to make something happen but making a bad decision in the process.
The blame for a QB’s failures doesn’t rest on the shoulders of just one guy but the brunt of it has to be placed on the man in charge. Yes players should be held accountable for their failures but Jason Garrett has to recognize what he has in Tony Romo. We’re ok with allowing him to be the freewheeling QB that he is for 3 quarters of the game and if it wins us the game in the 4th or OT, like it did in San Fran, we look at Tony as our King. If not, it’s a week of throwing Tony Romo under the bus.
Jason Garrett needs to teach Tony Romo situational football because Tony doesn’t understand situational football. Let Tony be freewheeling Tony for the first 3 quarters but if the game is tight in the 4th quarter, Tony needs to learn (or be taught) how to be smart with the football. Don’t take more than a 3-step drop, look for the quick slant as opposed to the man downfield in double coverage and take the sack vs throwing off your back foot. These are the mistakes he makes and as a coach, you need to teach your QB how to handle certain situations and as a play caller, put your QB in the right situation. I don’t think Jason Garrett has done either but then again, he was never more than a backup level QB so maybe he himself doesn’t understand situational football. (Did you catch the license plate of the bus I just threw Garrett under??)
2. Miles Austin should be back this week at wide receiver for Dallas. How much of an impact does he bring to Dallas' wide receiving corps?
The return of Miles Austin is huge because it gives Dallas another big-play receiving option. Week 1 against the Jets, Rex Ryan had to choose which receiver he was going to stick Revis on. By putting Revis on Austin, that opened up Dez Bryant to make some big time plays until he got hurt. If Austin and Bryant can stay healthy, the Cowboys receivers can make some big time plays. If Austin and Bryant are getting too much defensive attention, there is always Jason Witten to help out. The Cowboys are much better with Austin on the field because the opposition has to be careful of his ability to make huge plays, something Holley and Olgetree lack.