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October 5, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Calvin Watkins

Calvin Watkins
  (3:07 PM)

Welcome to our weekly chat. I'm having lunch. Let's go.

Al (Stillwater, Oklahoma)

Ployoffs for Cowboys, yes or no?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:08 PM)

No. I said when the schedule came out this was a 10 win team and now after the draft and free agency this is a nine win team. After four weeks, I still believe that.

Ian (Atl, GA)

I'm hearing that the Cowboys don't want to bring in Holland, or replace Bernadeau with Dockery etc this week b/c they believe Line is improving and will continue to with more continuity. With that thought process, does that mean Costa will not start now that he is healthy b/c Cook is playing fairly well and this keeps continuity?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:09 PM)

Costa is going to start in Baltimore, baring a sudden change. The pass protection was better in the loss to Chicago. The run game is a different story. I would say MB has struggled of late and his job should be on the line.

raul (RGC TEXAS)

Calvin, do u see the Boys parting ways with Dez withing the next two years?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:10 PM)

Yes, I do. Bryant is a talented player but has been average heading into his third season. The reasons are many. Coaching, Dez himself, defenses, can't handle the pressures.

Rolando V (Austin)

Calvin, going into the bye week and into the Baltimore game, what are the Cowboys' biggest problems that need fixing fast?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:12 PM)

1. Run game.2. Creating turnovers.3. Get Miles Austin and Dez Bryant the ball more often.4. Become more physical.5. Return game has to produce more.

Greg (Shelton)

Why is our defensive incapable of getting interceptions, not tipped balls to Sean Lee but actual interceptions by our CBs and Safeties? Not just this year, the last say 5 years

Calvin Watkins
  (3:16 PM)

It's a mentality. I think the Cowboys have playmakers in the secondary in Carr and Claiborne, however, I would like to see more picks from Scandrick. He doesn't to make a lot of plays on the ball as much as Jenkins. In the slot it's hard to get picks, but you should get onto the balls. Sensabaugh is solid in this area but for some reason he can't get to the ball on a consistent basis. Maybe the secondary players are thinking too much about it and not letting the game flow to them.

Bruce (Arizona)

With Romo finally targeting him heavily last week Dez had a career high in rec yds. Do we expect to see this trend continue with 10+ targets a game? And could we expect to see him in the return game again, he was very dangerous last year.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:20 PM)

The return game has struggled under Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have been inconsistent in blocking up front to give Bryant the lanes necessary to get down field. Bryant also has made some bad decisions in letting some balls bounce in front of him. He needs to field these balls and make plays downfield.

Mark (Pasadena, CA)

Have you ever seen a road team's fans invade a game in Dallas(either at Jerry World or at Texas Stadium) like the Bears fans did?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:22 PM)

Yes. In one of the final years of Texas Stadium the Saints came in and beat the Cowboys and the fans were everywhere. When the Steelers come to town, expect their fans to rock the house. Several players don't like it. But what can you do?

nate keyman (sioux falls)

if romo still struggles do you see ortin replace him. & do see geno smith from WVU or landry jone OU in a cowboys uniform.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:23 PM)

I can see Orton playing more if Romo struggles. But I believe Romo will get his act together at some point this year. As far as Smith and Jones playing for the Cowboys, those guys might be Top 10 picks, so it's hard to say if Dallas will pick that high.

Chris (New York)

Calvin, would you consider Dallas a top 5 defense so far?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:25 PM)

Yes, I would consider them Top 5. When healthy, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware form a solid pass rushing combo. Sean Lee is a star in the making, when Jay Ratliff returns, he should revert to Pro Bowl form. I like the secondary, especially Claiborne, all he needs is the interceptions.

raig G. (Fairfield, CA)

Hey Calvin, do you think Jerry Jones should hire a real GM and butt out?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:25 PM)

Not happening.

Jimmy (Rustles)

By the way Calvin, in the question asked by Ian from ATL, GA, you spelled "barring" incorrectly.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:26 PM)

Sorry, I'm eating my Pei Wei Spicy Chicken.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Is there anyone in the locker room that has given up yet on this year?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:26 PM)

Nobody has given up on the season.

Don (orlando, florida)

What position do you see the Cowboys drafting in the first round next year?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:31 PM)

Guard. Nothing against the people they have now, but it's time to upgrade the interior of the line. If that doesn't workout then get a defensive tackle or end.

Alex (Illinois)

Do the Cowboys plan on sticking with McCray in for Church now that he is done, or are they looking at other choices? He seem to play alright Monday.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:32 PM)

McCray is good to go. I had no problem with him as a tackler in the box, and as long as Sensabaugh is back there he should be fine in coverage.

Chris (Holmdel)

On Romo's 4th interception on a pass to Austin, John Gruden mentioned Austin should have come across the face of the CB and not run behind him. Was that INT on Austin rather than Romo too?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:33 PM)

Both. Sometimes both players are at fault. We're not sure where the ball was supposed to be thrown, and hey, the other team can make plays too.

buck (va)

do you see dallas resigning lee this year

Calvin Watkins
  (3:34 PM)

Lee is under contract, but he'll get a new deal at some point next season. Expect a five-year extension, he's a young guy, 26 I believe, and you can lock him up until he's about 30-31 years of age.

Alan (Rochester, MN)

Do you think that Drew Person's recent comments on Dez are very fair or a bit unfair, especially the fact that he said that he expects Dez to be better than both of them and their achievements?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:35 PM)

I wish Drew would withhold his comments sometimes, but he's asked about Dez so he answers the questions truthfully. Drew is right about Dez in terms he's not becoming elite receiver. There is tremendous pressure on Dez to become an elite receiver and I'm not sure if that's going to happen.

Jimmy (Rustles)

Hello again Calvin, sorry I am asking again but you haven't answered my previous question: With Romo averaging a 95.5 QBR in the first 3 quarters of away games if the running game averages 4.5 YPC, what do you think will happen in the away game at Philadelphia?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:36 PM)

Jimmy, There are too many factors in play here. Turnovers are an issue, again, for the Cowboys and I'm not sure if they'll be a problem for the Cowboys in Philly. Now if we have no turnovers, and based on what you've presented, sure I can see the Cowboys winning that game in Philadelphia.

John (charlotte, nc)

Is Jason Garrett the right coach for this Franchise?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:39 PM)

Yeah, but whether or not that leads to a division title or, better yet, a playoff victory, is unknown. I think Garrett is a good coach with a good program in place. But I'm not sure if he's got the players to get him there.

Morice (Virginia Beach, VA)

I remeber in mid 2010 when garrett became the coach, he put discipline into the team and made the team fear losing their jobs if they screwed up. Any idea what happened to that guy 2 years ago?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:39 PM)

The same guy is here. When Brodney Pool failed the conditioning test, he was cut. Players have a fear for their gigs. When Wade Phillips was the coach, players were pretty relaxed. Not anymore.

Mark (Pasadena, CA)

Well, I'm a Bears fan, so I loved seeing and hearing all of the Bears fans on MNF.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:40 PM)

Good for you, Mark. That's a true fan.

Jaime G (Colonnade, AZ)

Not to put all this on one person, but is there any scenario where we do not just end up being eternally in the 9-7, 8-8, 7-9 range for the next few years?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:41 PM)

Outside of the 2007 season, when you went 13-3, that's that the Cowboys have been.

Ian (Atl, GA)

I've always liked Spencer b/c I know a Sam OLB doesn't always rush the passer, but after this game I think many fans realize that he is very valuable. Think the Cowboys can keep him for a reasonable amount? Maybe not $40-$50 mil like he may want but would he stay for $30-35 million? over 5 years?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:42 PM)

I'm not sure if the Cowboys want to give him $40 million over five years. Not sure they want to give him $35 million over five years. I think Spencer is off to a good start and might leave for another team just because he'll get more money.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:43 PM)

Guys, lunch is over. Take care and thanks again for chatting.