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DONNIE LEGER - SULPHUR, LA: There has been numerous discussions about fixing this and that, but my main concern is the penalties. I'm not saying penalties are the reason the Cowboys lost 10 games, but they were a major contributor, especially early.
Rob: The defense and the offensive line should be your main concerns, but your point is well taken. They particularly didn't play disciplined football during the 1-7 start, and it cost them. Alex Barron's hold in the season opener is the prime example, and the celebration penalties were a joke. When you lose eight of 10 games by a touchdown or less, little things often make the difference.
Josh: Well, it's probably difficult to fix those during this lockout. Penalties are usually pinned on poor coaching, but a lot of it involves players getting beat. Typically an offensive lineman only holds if he has to in order to keep his quarterback from being killed. The Cowboys were a bad team last year, so it makes sense that they would have a lot of penalties, and yes, they were a huge part of the rocky start. The only consolation, I guess, is that things did improve after Jason Garrett took over in the second half.
PETE BERTHEL - SEAFORD, NY: Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Philip Rivers and Tony Romo all have the same amount of rings. But Romo was undrafted yet he gets killed by both fans and the media. Why?
Rob: Mostly because he wears a star on his helmet. Now, Rivers has gone deeper in the playoffs (two AFC Championship games), and Ryan and Flacco haven't been in the league as long as Romo. At 31, Romo frankly doesn't have a bunch of years left. Because plays in Dallas, he's been overhyped at times, but he's also underappreciated at times. The Cowboys have a top-10 quarterback in this league right now.
Josh: I agree with you that those guys haven't done a whole lot Romo hasn't, and with the exception of Rivers, I would say he's the best of the four. But those other guys don't play under the microscope that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback does, for better or for worse. It comes with the territory.
Mailbag: Surtain A Sure Thing? Drafting A QB?
I personally think cornerback is the position easiest to miss on. Is Patrick Surtain II a sure thing?
Mailbag: What About Edge Rusher In The Draft?
With Aldon Smith headed to Seattle, can't the argument be made that edge rusher as just as big of a need as any position on defense?
Mailbag: Can The Cowboys Wait At Cornerback?
Do you think Surtain would still be there at 15 or do you feel Dallas has decided to go with the best available player?
Mailbag: How Deep Is The First Round?
If the Cowboys trade down, how low do they go before they must consider trading out of the first round completely?
Mailbag: Use All 10 Picks, Or Trades Coming?
With 10 draft picks, do you see the team trading up for more quality starter type players?
Mailbag: LVE's Best Spot? Get Pitts Off Schedule?
Where do you see Leighton Vander Esch playing this season?
Mailbag: Can The Cowboys Get 2 First-Round Picks?
Just for fun while waiting for the draft: Do you think there's a scenario where the Cowboys trade their second-round pick to move back into the late first round to get someone?
Mailbag: What if Best Player Available at 10 is WR?
Do you think if Ja'Marr Chase falls to No. 10 that the Cowboys would draft him?
Mailbag: Could Jaylon Move Into Romo's Number?
If the NFL passes this latest rule change regarding numbers, could and should Jaylon Smith move into Tony Romo's No. 9 jersey?
Mailbag: Scenarios For Trading Up & Down
Patrick Surtain and Penei Sewell are both on the board and they get an offer to move back into the 20s but pick up a first-round pick next year. Do you take the deal or pick a player?
Mailbag: Underrated Free Agent Signing?
We've heard a lot about the Cowboys' additions on defense, but what are your thoughts on Ty Nsekhe at offensive tackle?