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October 12, 2010

Captain: Cowboys Playing 'Stupid Football': In a year when the Super Bowl is coming to their $1.15 billion stadium, the Dallas Cowboys are 1-3 and off to their worst start since Troy Aikman retired. Despite an offense producing 421.5 yards per game -- second in the NFL -- the Cowboys are drawing numerous penalties. "You can't play stupid football," said defensive captain Keith Brooking.

posted by rcade to football at 03:49 PM - 8 comments

After next week's game, one of the Cowboys or Vikings will be 1-4. Very difficult hole to climb out of to make the playoffs, although the Vikings might appear to have the easier road due to divisional strength (or weakness, as the case may be).

posted by holden at 03:02 PM on October 12

You mean 1 and 5, probably a deal breaker for either team should they find themselves in that position. If there was ever a do or die, everything on the line season at stake game this early in the year for two team that figured to be contenders for the Super Bowl, next weeks game is it. The loser will not recover in my opinion. Both teams should fire their coaches.

For Wade Phillips he is a sorry excuse as a coach with the number one offense and a terrible record, he just proves he cannot get the job done regardless of the talent on his team. As for Childress he also needs to go. He has Brett Favre Randy Moss, on of the leagues best defenses along with the best running back in the game in Adrian Peterson, and they are 1-4. Both coaches need to go.

posted by Atheist at 03:52 PM on October 12

You mean 1 and 5

Both teams had a week four bye...

For Wade Phillips he is a sorry excuse as a coach

He is no { insert name of favorite gruff, foul tempered coach here }, but he's far from sorry. But, I do think the team is not focused or very well disciplined, and mayhaps another coach could light a fire under their collective asses. And both teams have brutal schedules for the next 5 weeks, so yeah, I think this might be a do-or-die game this weekend for both teams.

I can hardly wait for the fur to fly.

posted by mjkredliner at 04:26 PM on October 12

In Dallas, I strongly think Jerry Jones is the biggest part of the problem, he can't seem to keep his nose (or whoever's nose is currently on his face) out of on-field issues.

That opening play Minnesota ran last night ought to be enough to get Childress canned. Good field position against a tough defence, a struggling team needing every point it can get, and he calls a play with a high percentage of failure? Somone ought to remind him that Adrian Peterson is on the squad, and he's turning a hall of fame talent into a decoy.

posted by cixelsyd at 04:41 PM on October 12

Now, I'm no fan of Childress, but I kind of liked that first play, and it wasn't exactly a failure in execution. Now, the fact that everyone on the Vikings' staff was somehow unaware that in order to be an eligible receiver the QB has to line up in the shot gun formation, might be a clue that Childress needs to go.

Whichever coach loses this week is toast, and I'll be surprised if either is coaching their current teams at the start of next season. Childress does have a shot to stay if they can win enough games to get to the postseason. A long shot to be sure, but not impossible due to their schedule.

posted by dviking at 06:56 PM on October 12

Whichever coach loses this week is toast, and I'll be surprised if either is coaching their current teams at the start of next season.

I agree with a minor addendum: Whichever coach loses this week is toast, along with the winner of the game.

I can't really see a situation short of a NFC championship where either coach is back next year.

posted by sgtcookzane at 11:47 PM on October 12

Now, the fact that everyone on the Vikings' staff was somehow unaware that in order to be an eligible receiver the QB has to line up in the shot gun formation, might be a clue that Childress needs to go.

I'm not sure the coaching staff had anything to do with that play. Moss and Brady ran something similar once, except that Moss's pass to Brady was a lateral, and Brady subsequently threw (for a long gain, if I remember correctly). It wouldn't surprise me if Favre and Moss cooked that one up in the locker room while they were waiting for the weather to clear.

posted by Howard_T at 04:16 PM on October 13

The Vikings used to run that play during Moss' first stint, and here's how it's supposed to work (Sidney Rice to Shiancoe).

posted by kirkaracha at 01:32 AM on October 14

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