“We’re certainly optimistic. He’s proven to be someone who heals quickly. We’ll monitor him day by day, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Those words came from the mouth of Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who fed us hot, fresh lies. Wickedly deceiving lies.
They’re in reference to his injured running back DeMarco Murray, and he said them on Oct. 22, a day after Murray had missed his first game with a foot injury. That led to optimism, which is the worst. Cowboys insiders marched in line faithfully, reporting that the team was hopeful Murray would return for Week 8.
Last night Week 9 officially concluded, and we still haven’t seen Murray. We probably won’t see him next week either. It’s OK, let it all out, because a good healthy sob can be pretty lucrative.
You know how I know that it’s officially midseason for every team? The amount of times I looked up at my television today, and said “NOOOO!” to no one at all while sitting in a room alone.
This is football, and I’m not sure that you’re aware of the game’s physicality, and the possibility that on any play a severe injury can happen, with the punishment of the endless hits adding up as the season rolls along. But between injuries to Jordy Nelson, Robert Mathis, Kendall Wright, Darren McFadden, and Antonio Brown, and a brief scare with Victor Cruz, pain hasn’t discriminated today, taking out top stars and promising rookies on both sides of the ball.
We can’t take any more. We need peace, harmony, and good tidings for all. We need something good to happen. Please give us a sign, fantasy gods.
What’s that Michelle Tafoya? Dez Bryant is active? Yes, serenity now indeed.
Owners of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray may have to wait another week before welcoming him back to your fantasy roster, after he missed another practice Wednesday with his nagging foot injury. He was seen without a protective boot on the sidelines during practice, so good news on that front, but according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, the team is in no hurry to get Murray back on the field.
Murray has been out since suffering the foot injury against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6.
Those fingers that crept ever so slightly over the end zone boundary’s white surface will be the centerpiece of the lasting image from a game which ended as a microcosm of Tony Romo, the Cowboy, the quarterback, and the man, but definitely not the legend.
He’s Bart Starr, and then for fleeting, crushing seconds, he’s JaMarcus Russell. He’s loved, and then he’s hated. He’s accurate, and then he’s throwing a pick to a defensive lineman (this actually happened). He’s Tony Romo, and he’s equally brilliant and mystifying, and today we saw doses of both split almost directly down the middle.
Troy Aikman was trying to sell us on the merits of seeing Kenny Chesney live. As I cleared the blood out of my ears Tony Romo was under throwing a pass to an uncovered Dez Bryant. It should’ve been a touchdown. Sadly that was a highlight for Tony in a half marred by comically inept passing from Jerry Jones’ favorite quarterback.
Three interceptions — one taken back for a touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul — brought out the twitter trolls from far and wide. Making fun of Tony Romo is no longer funny. It’s low hanging fruit that should be left untouched.
After falling into a hole the Boys have come all the way back and now lead 24-23 in the fourth quarter. Romo’s numbers are borderline acceptable — 320 yards, 1 TD, 3 interceptions — but we must never forget the Quarterback we saw in the early moment’s of this afternoon’s game.
In fact the entire game is an excellent microcosm of who Romo is as a QB. Wildly fluctuating between above and below average. One day Jerry Jones will realize this. For now the Cowboys remain mired in mediocrity. Beating the Giants twice would be excellent, but in the end we know who this team is.
Knowing the inevitable sucks.
Update: Romo connects with Dez Bryant to win the game – or did he. Bryant’s finger was out of bounds. Dallas loses, the narrative lives. Man.
The Cowboys season saving win against Carolina will have big consequences going forward.
Last night we learned All-Pro ILB Sean Lee was lost for the year with a right big toe injury. The Cowboys defense has been a revelation early this season, ranking fifth in yards against per game. Rob Ryan also enjoys depth at the position with former Panther Dan Connor slated to fill in — interestingly enough Lee’s injury problems remind me of Connor’s troubles staying healthy — but as ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer states, Lee is an irreplaceable cog in the Boys D:
However, in spite of the depth the Cowboys have at the position, Lee is not a replaceable player for them. Not only is he their defensive captain and one of their most important leaders, he has played consistently better this year than has any other player on their defense, including superstar outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and either of their two new and very talented cornerbacks. Lee’s instincts and playmaking ability cannot be replicated by players like Carter or Connor, no matter how capable they are.
Case in point, Lee’s ridiculous fade away swat on Louis Murphy that would’ve given the Panthers a key first down in the fourth quarter. Bruce Carter will take over defensive playcalling duties in Lee’s absence and Dallas is expected to sign former Lions LB Ernie Sims today.
For those of us who aren’t Cowboys fans — the majority of you — what this means in fantasy terms is the question of the day. Dallas’ pass defense has been formidable thus far. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne have done a stellar job in coverage — opposing teams are attempting 27.8 passes per game, the second lowest total in the league. Problem is, Lee excelled in pass protection. The run defense has been middle of the road — averaging four yards per carry and 105 yards per game.
It’s unrealistic to expect a total free fall production wise. Dallas’ defense has been carrying the offense at times — Archer notes the defense has more quality than the offense in general. But a previously unfavorable playoff matchup is now a toss up for owners of BenJarvus Green-Ellis (week 14), whoever gets the carries for Pittsburgh (week 15) and the Saints cadre of running backs (week 16).
Wow, that’s a pretty terrible list. If you’re in the playoffs it’s likely you haven’t been and will not be starting any of those players when it really counts. In the short team, it’ll be interesting to see what Ahmad Bradshaw can do this week when the Giants visit Cowboys stadium. Bradshaw’s performance could be an arbiter of things to come. Read the rest of this entry »