Originally Posted by CaptainSneakerhead23
One of the writers from Blogging The Boys is a NT member, Chiacrack, real name is Archie Barberio ... writes some great articles. Not sure if he's a frequent vistor in this thread but I'll send him the link.
my dude Captain just sent me this link, didn't know we had a thread!
yup was a front page writer for BTB, just had to step down because of work, but I do plan on coming back there by next season
lets start with the win, huge win, a lot of positives to take away from, but some negatives too
The OL looked damn good, a lot better than we are used to seeing. Bernadeau is the weak link, just as he was last year. If Brian Waters can come in and replace him, then the OL should be very good. They do need to run block better, but when they ran more zone based runs, we looked good running the ball. It was the straight ahead power stuff that looked weak. Romo wasn't on the other night, once he gets going watch out because he can light a defense up with time.
Dez was triple covered, they had a single high safety, press coverage CB and a LB shading the inside of the field which meant no slants, he couldn't be effective with post and go routes because of the CB and S shading him. If this happens 16 games, Dez may not accumulate much stats, but we will win 12 games because of it. Now on the one throw where he beat the coverage, Romo severely underthrew him, had his ribs not been sore, that's a TD or a 75 yard play. One complaint, Romo didn't force throws there, which was great, but you still need to let Dez go up and get the football, he is one of the best in the league at that and honestly we've never really given him the chance to do that a lot.
As for the defense, I thought the DL was outstanding. Selvie looked like a defensive end who has finally found a role in the NFL, remember this guy was a beast at USF with JPP. Nick Hayden looks like another huge find by the scouting department. Don't expect much from Rat, he clearly doesn't want to be here. Claiborne will be fine, he missed the entire pre-season so don't worry about him. The play where Nicks had that huge gain, Claiborne played his coverage right, he was funneling the route back inside which is exactly what he was supposed to do, except Will Allen (who was terrible all night besides that INT) was supposed to be the inside guy there and he was nowhere to be found.
The pass defense wasn't very good, they got lucky a few times and there were no adjustments to Cruz. This is an area to really focus on, because pass defense was a problem in 2012.