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Mailbag: How Could The Team Not Execute With 10 Days To Prepare?

I do not understand how, with 10 days off, a team can come out and admittedly fail to execute. How does that happen?

Rowan: They admitted to failed execution, not failed preparation. There's really no excuse to being out-prepared for a game with that much time off. More than taking Seattle lightly, the Seahawks just wore down the Cowboys. Aside from the obvious early special teams issues, the Cowboys couldn't keep drives alive and a powerful team took advantage of its home environment. No amount of time off can prepare a team for dropped passes. In the end, it's a 1-1 road trip.

Josh: The other team, made up of professionals, just like the Cowboys, was the reason they did not execute. Poor execution would be one thing in drills against air, but the Cowboys certainly weren't in a walkthrough on Sunday. They got outplayed during the game. That's all.

Seattle won the battle at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball Sunday, but how did center Ryan Cook look in his second game?

Rowan: Among the many underperformers Sunday, Cook didn't seem to stand out above the rest. He seemed to snap a ball early to Tony Romo once, when Romo wasn't expecting it. Otherwise, he seems to be doing his job passably and there are other issues on the offensive line that seem to stand out more. DeMarco Murray didn't get too many opportunities to run, and the pass rushers on the edge reached the backfield on multiple occasions, forcing Romo to create for himself.

Josh: I thought he was fine, continuing his steady performance from the Giants game. I don't remember the interior of Seattle's defensive line making a ton of plays. Phil Costa doesn't look particularly close to returning, so if Cook can keep it up, he may very well take that starting job.

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