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Cowboys Mailbag: October 11, 2011

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TREY HAMMETT LOS ANGELES, CA :Do you think there is any chance Rex Ryan will give Rob Ryan pointers on what he saw on the field last week and in years past, since a loss by the Pats would help the Jets?

Nick:That sounds good and I'm sure if they're talking this week, I bet Rex would mention something if it came up. But you're talking about two guys trying to coach separate teams with different situations. I doubt it's something that Rob Ryan is relying on. He seems confident enough to get the job done on his own.

Josh:Sure, Rex might have something to say to help his brother, because he's more used to playing the Pats. But Rob has gone against New England a few times over the years, too, and he's a good defensive coach in his own right. I'd imagine they're seeing a lot of the same things, anyway.

HRISTOS PAPASTAMOS LONDON, ON:I'm concerned about our linebackers covering New England's tight ends, especially Keith Brooking. Why do we still send out Brooking to cover tight ends when he keeps getting burned?

Nick: Well, who else is going to do it? Sean Lee can't be everywhere. It's called mismatches and the good teams find a way to exploit them. Yeah, you can put a guy like Danny McCray out there on third-and-long but that's not the issue. It's downs like third-and-four where you keep the base defense out there in case of a run and that's when the mismatch comes into play. You'd like it if Brooking didn't cover a lot, then again, having McCray take on guards for running plays doesn't work either. So the best bet for the Cowboys is to force the Pats into more third-and-long situations.

Nick: Well, I don't know if Brooking is the worst of them in coverage, but you're right, other than Sean Lee, they don't have anyone who you love sending out there in nickel situations. All I can tell you is that the Cowboys are well aware of the limitations of their own guys, and will be trying to figure out how to make the most of what they have. You'll probably get an extra spoon full of Barry Church and Danny McCray this week, and the starting safeties will be in the mix as well.

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