Monday, September 30, 2013
Three Up, Three Down
By Calvin Watkins
SAN DIEGO -- After a 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Cowboys come home in first place in the NFC East, but it doesn't feel like it. We review what we've seen in our weekly Three up and Three Down report.
Tony Romo. The quarterback had the ball for seven snaps in the third quarter and three possessions in the fourth quarter. Romo completed 27 of 37 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. It was a solid effort for Romo, who threw one pass away and was victimized by four dropped passes.
George Selvie. In a game where the Chargers needed to play four backup offensive linemen due to injuries, the Cowboys didn't get a good enough pass rush. Selvie had the best game among the pass-rushers with one sack, a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.
DeMarco Murray. The starting running back rushed for 70 yards on 14 carries Sunday. He didn't get enough touches in the second half because the Cowboys were forced to throw the ball, but you can't blame the run game for the Cowboys' struggles on Sunday.
Bruce Carter. He allowed two touchdowns, was benched for veteran Ernie Sims and is having questions raised about his ability to make plays in the passing game. Carter is an athletic player but looks lost right now.
Morris Claiborne. The cornerback might never get his starting job back. Like Carter, he's struggling to cover people and doesn't seem to be playing with confidence. Claiborne has a bad shoulder and the Cowboys are forced to use him because B.W. Webb isn't ready yet.
Monte Kiffin. The defensive coordinator sounded confused when talking about the benching of Carter, and while he did admit the defense didn't make enough plays, his Tampa 2 scheme looked bad against the Chargers' hurry-up offense and it's clear the secondary has issues.