Monday, October 7, 2013
Three Up, Three Down
By Calvin Watkins
After the Cowboys wild 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon, we have our weekly Three Up and Three Down.
Terrance Williams. The rookie receiver had a strong day with four catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. There were no issues with turnovers or any apparent mental mistakes. Williams is a player the Cowboys want to trust in the big picture of their season and Sunday's performance is giving them that.
Morris Claiborne. Yes, he gave up a few plays, but Claiborne picked off Peyton Manning and recovered a fumble. In a game where the quarterbacks threw for a combined 920 yards, Claiborne had two turnovers. After his efforts against the San Diego Chargers the previous week, Claiborne moved forward and had a good game.
Jason Witten. It's easy to forget the veteran tight end, but he had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be a clutch performer for the Cowboys but there are times the offense loses sight of him when he's open down the field.
DeMarcus Ware. He's got some physical issues, we understand, but zero sacks and one quarterback pressure isn't acceptable in a game like Sundays where offense took control. At some point, against a weakened offensive line, Ware has to push the pocket more than we've seen.
Jason Hatcher. The defensive tackle was credited with one tackle on Sunday and dealt with some double-teams. Manning didn't have too many issues in the pocket and that's on the defensive line. The Broncos also rushed for 103 yards, gotta make stops against the run, too.
Monte Kiffin. Yes the players run the scheme, but the veteran defensive coordinator has to do better than this. His defense has allowed over 1,000 yards of offense the last two weeks, the pressure is lacking and the secondary gives up too many plays. Is it time to play more man? More zone? Kiffin has to figure this out.