Travis Frederick didn’t think the Dallas offensive line deserved much credit after a quick start in the running game against Atlanta gave the impression the Cowboys had figured out life without DeMarco Murray. To not use them is akin to sabotage.
That’s why it was confusing if you’re a Cowboys fan when they chose to shy away from the running game in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. “We can’t go play this game quick enough and because, listen, there is that sense of urgency to get a win”.
“I thought there was a really good design by him”, Quinn said. Prior to the start of training camp, it was a foregone conclusion, the Cowboys were planning to attack defenses with a running back by committee approach. After such a strong first-half performance, the Cowboys just shut down.
“You gonna have to trust in Weeden, ” Newton said, per the Dallas Morning News“. But the Falcons scored all 22 second-half points, pulling Dallas back to earth.
With the Falcons down 21-7 and showing no signs of stopping the Cowboys, Moore intercepted an errant Brandon Weeden pass that was intended for tight end Jason Witten. Dallas ranks toward the bottom of the National Football League with 10.31 yards per completion and an average yards at catch of 4.2.
Randle had 91 yards in the first quarter. To start off like this, we can always use this momentum, but we have to move on to the next game. “But if (the defenders) bail out, there’s huge voids in the zone underneath”.
The Falcons have been waiting at least two seasons to discover a running game that can take pressure off quarterback Matt Ryan.
Williams, the Cowboys’ top receiver with Dez Bryant sidelined after foot surgery, insists he isn’t frustrated. Darren McFadden showed an ability to pick up a few consistent yards, in limited carries, and Lance Dunbar did what is now common to see him do in the passing game, taking a lot of short receptions a long way. He dropped his only two targets last week but continued to back Weeden. Garrett wouldn’t say whether Cassel will be ready this week. Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman had a career game on the ground against the Cowboys, so a heavy dose of Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson could do the job even if Brees returns. “There’s no excuses for dropping passes”.
Dallas (2-1) goes to winless New Orleans this weekend before a visit from Tom Brady and New England.
During practice, Quinn works with the ends and outside linebackers, the group that probably took the brunt of his Sunday “excitement”.