IRVING, Texas – Here a few final thoughts before the Chargers game:
Old West Shootout
We have all heard the reports and seen the information about the state of the San Diego Chargers offensive line. Three starters not practicing for various injuries which seems to have sparked this thought that this Cowboys defense is going to manhandle them on Sunday.
As always, I have had a chance to study the Chargers for the last three games on offense and despite what everyone thinks or feels out there, as long as Philip Rivers is standing, this game has a chance for a shootout. The Chargers might not have
I expect the ball will be in the air the majority of the offensive snaps on both sides. Mike McCoy will find a way to protect Rivers in this game and it will be up to Monte Kiffin to find ways to break them down. Over the years, I have felt that
All Hands on Deck
Look for the Cowboys to carry four running backs on their 46 man roster on Sunday. DeMarco Murry will start,
Randle saw his first extensive snaps with the offense, other than being on the scout team. It appears that,
Hall of Fame Test
Where Church and Wilcox have to be there best is when Gates uses his double moves. He will fake like he is going inside, get the defender to settle, then break to the outside quickly, to gain some separation. He is outstanding running crossing routes and Philip Rivers has a nice feel for how to get him the ball on the move. Church and Wilcox have to also be ready for how physical Gates will play in the red zone.
Again, like Witten, he knows how to use his body to position himself in a way to give Rivers the best opportunity to throw him the ball. I expect the ball for the Chargers to come out quickly because of the condition of their line. There is no doubt that Antonio Gates will make his share play but Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox have to prevent him from making all of them. Working every day against Jason Witten should give them idea of how they need to play him.
Holding His Own
There were those around the country, that had a nice chuckle on behalf of Jerry Jones, when he spoke in glowing terms how excited he was that he was able to sign and undrafted offensive linemen out of Memphis named,
He played left tackle, but also made one or two starts at guard. The scouting staff for the Cowboys projected him as a guard, which was the correct evaluation. What held Leary back was not his skill level but his knee which caused plenty of teams to keep him off their board for medical reasons.
Leary’s medical situation reminds me of a player we drafted in Philadelphia named Jermiah Trotter who was in a similar boat. I had a doctor tell me, “I don’t know if he will play ten games or ten years”. To show you how far Leary has come since his stint on the practice squad, running on the scout team to now, is incredible. As