IRVING, Texas – Here are some thoughts from the practice field at Valley Ranch Friday in the final practice before the team leaves for the Meadowlands to face the Giants.
Not that coaches in this league are not creative in how they play their schemes, there are just sometimes where it is taken to a whole new level. With all the injuries to
Shurmur was down two linebackers that week and played the game with five defensive backs, with one of those safeties playing as a linebacker. In just looking at the bodies that Monte Kiffin has, there is a way that he could play his own version of this defense by using
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I am not saying that all of the offensive struggles should be blamed on these receivers because they have been able to get open and Romo has struggled to get them the ball and he would even admit that. I fully expect two things to happen in this game against the Giants with Austin back on the field. Garrett and Callahan will move him all over the formation because he is more comfortable in handling those jobs because he has done it before and with some success. This will also help Romo because it gives him another player on the field that can create a mismatch that has the experience in route running and where he needs to be in the scheme.
I believe you will also see Bryant moving around in the formations instead of just seeing him playing at the “X” where teams can double him. If you play him in ”Bunch” or out of the “Slot” defenses will have a harder time trying to handle him. The more that you give Bryant options, the better chance you have to get him open and the return of Miles Austin will help with that.
If there is one player on this New York Giants defense that has been consistent all season despite their 4 – 6 record, it has been tackle, Cullen Jenkins. The more you study him, the more you see that player that played at a high level in Green Bay because his years in Philadelphia were some of the worse years of his career.
Where Jenkins has been at his best for the Giants is how he has lined up to play against the run. Along with Linval Joseph and Jon Beason in the middle, they have been hard to run the ball on these last four weeks. If you look at the backs they have shut down, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Eddie Lacy have found it difficult to run the ball on them.
With Jenkins, you get a strong point of attack player, that can quickly shed blocks and is athletic enough to move down the line to get in on the play. He can be difficult to handle because of quick that he gets off the ball and up the field. When he reads the scheme and sees the play, he is off like a rocket. Where the inside three for the Cowboys have to be careful is when he works on a twist stunt inside off a blitz because if he gets a free run from the inside on
The last time these two teams met, they did a solid job of keeping the front of the pocket clean and that allowed Romo to make the throws necessary to win the game. We talk about dealing with Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck but how they handle Cullen Jenkins both run and pass is an absolute must.
There will be a great deal made about the weather conditions for the game on Sunday afternoon and rightfully so. Teams that cannot handle cold and wind, usually are not the teams that are standing in the end. With warm temperatures in the Irving area this week, the Football Gods changed all that and sent Jason Garrett a perfect day to practice in on Friday afternoon.
With temperatures in the 30’s and gusty winds, Garrett was able to have his players work in conditions that will most likely greet his team in East Rutherford on Sunday. It was good for Tony Romo to have to have to operate the game plan in these conditions.
Over the years, Romo understands that playing in these conditions, you have to be able to drive the ball through the wind, in order to have any success. It was good for Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and these receivers to run their routes on a slick field, make a cut, then catch a ball with their hands that were struggling to have some feeling in them because of the cold.
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You couldn’t have asked for a better day to have