Another very good game ; played better as game went on ; shades of Emmitt , good 4th Qtr. During 2 minute warning toward end of the game , EE went onto the field to the defensive huddle to encourage his Defensive players . It seemed to work . The D stopped SF on 3rd & 4th downs . Pumped up defense .
Still too many carries ; need more touches for Morris & Dunbar
Blocking on blitzes ; general blocking in pass protection is very good . Especially for a rookie . Also, caught 1 screen pass for 19 yards . ALL AROUND PLAYER .
Another error free game ; he is playing like an established veteran . Great end of first half; scored 2 TDs in last 3 minutes to tie game at half . Manages time & team very well .
1:50 left in half , ball at own 42 , drives to tying TD with 12 seconds left ; great pass , rolls to left , pressure in his face , not quite set , throws to left side of EZ to Butler for the TD .
Good time management , no delay of game calls
3. PLAY OF THE GAME : 4th Down Play
4th & 6 at DC’s 36 ; 1:56 left in the game ; 3 man rush ; got some pressure on Gabbert who rolled to his right , threw to T Smith a couple of yards short of the first down, but MC was there to make a good , clean tackle to finish the play and give D.C. The ball .
4. Final Drive
DC takes over on downs at their own 32 ; 1:49 left in the game ; presnap penalty on Swaim , false start ; now 1st & 15 ; Dak in shotgun , EZ 3yds ; 2nd & 12 ; Shotgun ; 29 yd line ; hitch pass to Beasley , good blocking , good running , takes it 46 yards to SF 24 yd line ; flag thrown on play but was picked up ; 1:32 left in game ; 3 kneel downs ; game over
5. Offensive Coaching
Great call with less than 2 minutes left in game on the hitch screen pass to Beasley that went for 47 yards . Good safe call that Garrett would not have made before . In the past , we would have run the ball 3 times , then punted , and would have given SF another shot to tie the game .
Overall game plan still very conservative ; did not throw 1 bomb ; Had only 1 long pass , 20 yds to T Williams .
I like the 2 TE formation a lot . We have not been very successful . Dallas ran it about 10 times out of 70 plays . Did not do well , other than a 26 yd rush by EZ . Several 3 TE formations at goal line with not good results .
I like keeping a TE often to help block . Very wise .
But All in All , we are coaching to our strengths . But at some point , we will need to open up the offense to keep up with a Green Bay .
6. Defensive Coaching
Still too conservative ; need to be more aggressive .
No Pass Rush ; blitzed only about 4 times and not very effective ; 1 Blitz resulted in a 33 yd completion for SF .
Only used 3 man rush on the 4th down play . I do not like to use it . But actually , was very effective ; we were able to get some pressure , caused Gabbert to roll away , but the extra back in coverage caused him to throw short and we stopped them . MAYBE OK to use it more ?????
7. PLAY OF THE GAME 2 : SLIP
2nd & 1 , about 2:30 left in half , Hyde runs to the left , heading for an apparent first down , but slips and falls , just short of the first down ; Dallas holds on 3rd down , SF punts , and Dallas marches down for the tying score . If not for the slip , who knows what might have happened .
8. PLAY OF THE GAME 3 : SHANK PUNT
After Play of the Game 2 , SF punts , but the punt is shanked ; it only goes 26 yards to Dallas’ 44 . A short punt leads to a short field and Dallas drives for the tying score .
9. PLAY OF THE GAME 4 : PENALTY ??
4:50 left in the half , 3rd & 6 , Dallas @ own 48 , Dak gets sacked , but roughing the passer penalty on SF for a late hit when he was wrapped up ; The announcers Buck & Aikman were shocked that a penalty was called but it was clearly a penalty and that 1 play changed the entire game momentum .
At 2:58 , a 20 yd TD pass to Williams to get Dallas within 7 ; they eventually tie game before half ends .
10. OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY
I am still not ready to call our Line the best in football , but it has really played well the last 2 games . Zeke has had over 100 yards in the last 2 games and they have given Dak plenty of time to throw the ball .
In spite of the injuries ; Ty Smith has been hurt and Chaz has played for him the last 2 games . He played average last week but played very well against SF . The Collins got hurt early , but Leary came in and played very well . Another reason why DEPTH is critical .
11. TOP – MVP
On opening Drive , Dallas ate up almost 5 minutes of the clock before the Drive stalled ; Then Bailey missed 47yd FG ; Dallas ended the game with a 13 minute advantage in Time of Possession . Almost a full quarter . With a weak defense , the TOP is our best way path to victory . The less time the Defense spends on the field , the better .
12. Defensive MVP – Morris Claiborne
Played a very good , all around game .
Interception, early 4th Qtr , deep throw by Gabbert , but not thrown well , Tory Smith actually was open , but underthrown , but Morris made a good catch to hold on ; the resulting drive ended in a FG that gave us a 7 point lead ; OTHER PLAYS – 4th down tackle ; tackel on Gabbert ; over all tackling ; good coverage all game .
13. Red Zone Problems
With a 21-17 lead , less than 5 minutes left in the game , had a first & goal at the 2 yd line ; a TD would have given Dallas a 2 possession lead but settled for a FG ; there is a problem with Dallas having the Killer Instinct ; the FG gave SF Hope ; this is Reminiscenr of the first 2 games when Dallas could not find the End Zone and have settled for FGs .
Although Dallas has been decimiated with injuries , we are playing fairly well . Romo is out . Injured and did not play : T Smith , Dez , Collins , Scandrick ; Injured and playing ; Chaz Green has sprained foot ; Doug Free quadriceps .
15. Dan Bailey
Another missed FG but clutch to secure game win ; 2 games in a row missed FGs ; Did not realize he was playing with back injury .
16. Other Offensive Players
Jason Witten : Still clutch , At end of first half tying drive , Witten caught 4 out of first 5 passes for about 26 yds , to get the drive started ; overall steady game , had 7 receptions .
Cole Beasley : Good game , Big play at end of the game , 47 yard reception .
Terrance Williams : Decent game , 4 receptions , 1 TD ; good blocker ; Still not playing smart ; at end of first half , less than 30 seconds left , got first down on crossing pattern , but did not get out of bounds , could have , we had to use a timeout ; we did not need it but we could have ; Deja-Vu New York , all over again .
Brice Butler : Mixed bag , has played well in place of Dez ; 5 receptions , 1 TD ; nice TD catch at end of half but should have caught TDpass late in 4th Quarter ; was a good throw and the DB did knock it out but Brice should have put ball away ; needs to make those catches ; Taughting penalty , stupid , could have hurt teh team but didn’t ; juvenile play ; On 3rd Qtr TD drive , nice catch & run for first down on 3rd down , and another catch for a first down .
17. Other Defensive Players
Sean Lee : On opening drive , QB Gabbert , on read option got a first down over Lee but on 2 other plays in Drive , Sean tackled him for a loss ; overall , good game
18. Anthony Brown
Playing for an injured Scandrick ; a 6th Round 2016 pick ; playing well in place of a veteran.
19. Team Character
Down 14-0 , early 2nd Qtr , team showed great poise & character and tied game at halftime and won it in the 4th .
20. 2014?Deja Vu
It looks like 2014 , All Over Again ; In 2014 , we lost the first game . 2016 , Ditto . In 2014 , we had the league’s leading rusher and we depended heavily on the running game . 2016 , Ditto . In 2014 , Dallas led the league in TOP to help shore up a weak defense . 2016 , Ditto. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm .