Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Three up, Three down
By Calvin Watkins
CHICAGO -- After the Cowboys 45-28 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night we have our weekly, Three Up and Three Down.
Tyler Clutts. Who? The newly signed fullback played well on the opening series and was a solid blocker for starting running back DeMarco Murray. While the Cowboys stressed they didn't need a fullback this season, going with four running backs, the late signing of Clutts seemed to payoff.
DeMarco Murray. He benefited from the Clutts signing. Yet, Murray also did some good things on his own. He rushed for 146 yards on 18 carries, including 52 yards on the first scoring drive of the game. According to ESPN's Stats and Info group, Murray rushed for 111 yards before contact.
Dwayne Harris. Before he was shut down due to a hamstring injury, he returned four kickoffs for 103 yards. It was the fourth time this season Harris had more than 100 kick return yards. Harris also produced a nifty 43-yard return.
Monte Kiffin. The defense is sad. Very sad. The 4-3 scheme isn't working and while the players expressed confidence in it, it doesn't appear things are operating correctly. Jerry Jones said he wants more tricks and pressures on the quarterback. You know, like Rob Ryan used to do.
Pass defense. They had two dropped interceptions, a pick negated by a penalty and backup quarterback Josh McCown threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The secondary was bad and it's time to sit down rookie corner B.W. Webb and reduce the playing time of Jeff Heath.
Jason Garrett. Yes, there's only so much he can do, but he's responsible for this mess. The Cowboys had control over whether they would make the playoffs Now they're one-game behind first place in the NFC East. Garrett needs to make drastic changes or things will end as they always do, with the Cowboys watching the postseason from home.