Were you surprised how well the Cowboys defense played?
I believed all along that if they were going to lose this game, it would most likely be because of their inability to slow down or get enough stops to help their offense. There was no question in my mind that with
I thought it was a great effort by the defensive line to create the pressure they were able to get. As long as the Eagles were manning those twist stunts, they were able to get rushers home, which was something they had to do if they were going to win this game.
I liked the adjustment of bringing
As much as I believed this defense was going to be the problem against the Eagles, they deserved a much better result.
What are your thoughts on
I was not surprised that he played as well as he did overall, although there were some plays where I thought there could have been some better results. Orton didn't lose this game, but if he could have connected on some early throws, the Cowboys might have been in better shape on the scoreboard.
I felt like they could have attacked the middle of the field more and even gone with some slants to
The offense could have done more after the turnover, as it netted only three points when the opportunity was there to grab more. Orton did do a nice job of getting rid of the ball, which helped his offensive line, but there were times when he appeared too willing to check it down and not try for a bigger play.
Having studied Orton all these years, I had an idea that he would live to fight another day, but I will be very interested in watching the tape to see if he had other options. Overall, though, you have to give him credit for what he was able to do on such a big stage.
Were you surprised by the call on fourth-and-1?
First off, it was a great drive to get the ball off their own goal line, pickup 59 yards and getting three first downs. There were some really nice chunk plays along the way to Bryant, Witten and
When head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan went back to it, I thought they hit gold again, but
I can understand Garrett and Callahan wanting to throw the ball there, and I even understand trying to get the ball to Murray. However, I would have tried to pick the Eagles there. Run a play that gets him into the flat quickly, but without the potential of having to deal with men in the flat.
On the play, it looked like Witten was even covered on the next level, so the next best option would have been to hand the ball to Murray with fullback
I just felt like it was too cute of a play in that situation. After the fumble, Murray had been running with a chip on his shoulder. Why not give him that opportunity to pick it up?
You had the Eagles on the ropes with how you had been moving the ball on that drive, getting it off the goal line. But not allowing Murray to hammer it in there after the toss was a play-calling mistake in my view.