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|Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:30 am Post subject: What the Cowboys can do to get back into the playoffs
|For many, it is now doom and gloom time for http://www.officialsteelersprosale.com/james-harrison-jerseys-c-1_59.html the Dallas Cowboys. Some have basically written off the idea of overtaking both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington team.
Given that there are still 11 games to play, including all of the season’s games against Philadelphia and Washington, that may be a bit premature. But in any case, things must change for the Cowboys to have any chance at the postseason. The record is the record, and Dallas is clearly in a hole.
What can they do? Here are what appear to be the main things, roughly in order of likelihood.
Fix the linebacking situation.
This is one thing that may largely be done with the expected return of Sean Lee to the field. The struggles in stopping the run the past two games seem to be directly linked to his absence while recovering from a hamstring problem. The team made a strategic decision to keep him off the field against the Green Bay Packers. We all have to hope that was the right move.
Keep improving the pass rush.
Coming into the Packers game, the sack rate was dramatically improved, but that was almost entirely due to the red-hot start by Demarcus Lawrence. His performance carrying the rush was likely unsustainable. But good news came against Green Bay as David Irving, in his first game back from suspension, put two sacks on the board. Two effective pass rushers is a big plus. And the Cowboys just missed on other sacks against Aaron Rodgers, their new nemesis. Most NFL quarterbacks would likely not have evaded as well as he did. If the pressure keeps coming and getting home, this could have a major impact.
Also keep improving the secondary coverage with the new players.
Jourdan Lewis pretty much single-handedly showed Nolan Carroll the door. Xavier Woods is also off to a great start. Now if Chidobe Awuzie can stay healthy, things may be looking up for the coverage. The Cowboys took a pretty huge gamble in parting ways with Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Barry Church all at once. Although it http://www.authenticsteelerssales.com/maurkice-pouncey-jersey-c-1_60.html has not gone perfectly, they do appear to have a pretty good chance of winning that bet. But the young players now carrying the load have to keep performing. It is going to be a challenge.
Get the offensive line back to its accustomed ways.
This is one that the coaching staff has to get right, and that is not certain. Against Green Bay, Jonathan Cooper looked much better at left guard than he did against the Los Angeles Rams, and better than Chaz Green had in the first three games (at least according to many observers). The issue is that the staff has at times seemed committed to giving Green the starting job ahead of Cooper no matter what. Now that Green’s injury issues have once again come into play, will that make a difference? We can only hope.
La’el Collins has also had his struggles, and needs to do a better job holding down the right tackle spot. Again, the coaches really need to work with him on his technique, which seems to be where he falls short at times.