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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: Four 1,000-Yard Players On Offense?
Has the idea of two 1,000-yard receivers and two 1,000-yard backs ever crossed you guys' mind? Looks possible at this rate
Mailbag: Not Afraid Of Third-And-Long Anymore?
This year, we seem to routinely overcome first-and-15 or first-and-20. Do you think that is showing the maturation in Kellen Moore's play calling?
Mailbag: Tough Roster Decisions Ahead?
I'm awaiting the return of some key players but I'm also starting to worry that we simply won't have enough roster spots. Am I over thinking it?
Mailbag: Cowboys Still Peaking? Try Diggs At WR?
Can't remember having more fun watching a team come together. Don't we still have a lot of room to grow and improve?
Mailbag: Kellen Moore's Future? Grier Update?
I was interested in your thoughts of the Cowboys being able to keep OC Kellen Moore past this year. When the season is over, he could go quickly.
Mailbag: What Is Jaylon Smith's Cowboy Legacy?
In light of the decision to release Jaylon Smith, it's hard to know how to feel about such a unique career. From the remarkable comeback story to now, what do you think Jaylon's legacy is?
Mailbag: In Game Decisions? Player Management?
Did you take issue with some of the calls on Sunday, like declining the facemask penalty in the second quarter? Or am I just nitpicking?
Mailbag: Should Micah Parsons Play DE Full Time?
It's way early, but Micah Parsons looks like the best defensive end in the 2021 draft. How are they not going to use him on the edge full-time going forward?
Mailbag: More Jabril Cox? Concerns With Carolina?
With Keanu Neal possibly out another week and Micah Parsons likely to stick it out at DE for a bit longer, can we expect to see Dan Quinn start to mix in Jabril Cox more?
Mailbag: Was Clock Management An Issue Again?
I was confused as to why we did not call one timeout in the last minute and a half of the second quarter against the Eagles?
Mailbag: Cowboys Get Lucky The CBs Were Gone?
Do you think the Cowboys actually got very lucky this year when the two corners they wanted were off the board, therefore getting Micah?