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Jerry Jones will make news no matter what he says or does not say. That is just reality.
Today’s quote about the team’s chances in 2014: “Better than 8-8. We can get better than 8-8. We are hell-bent to change that.”
Good. Great. Just do it.
Anyway, for quote trivia today, we look back at a previous dark time during the Jerry Jones era. We will even look at two quotes.
Here’s the first one:
I couldn’t operate and couldn’t make decisions if I got up in the morning and thought that we were going to have a losing record. When I’m making decisions – even though we want to look long-term – I want to make decisions that help us win games this year, as well. I think we can do both, and that’s why I think we’ll win more than half our games.
Question #1: Jerry said this in June of what year?
Question #2: How did the Cowboys end up doing that year?
Jerry predicted a 10-6 record for the Cowboys in the season described above. A linebacker on the team made the following quote:
Actually, I feel like he shortchanged us a couple of games. He says 10-6, but we’ve got to believe we’re a 12-4 team.
Question #3: Who said this?
Know Your Dallas Cowboys has existed since 2006, covering eight seasons. This period includes some of the most frustrating points in franchise history. I need not summarize.
Add another gut wrenching loss to the mix of gut-wrenching losses suffered during those eight seasons.
With the division title and a playoff berth on the line, the Cowboys appeared to have lost by the middle of the fourth quarter. Trailing 17-16, the Cowboys faced a 4th and 1 near the Philadelphia 40. Jason Garrett decided to go for it, but Kyle Orton’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage. The Eagles then drove the ball down the field for the next 5 minutes and scored to make it a 24-16 game.
Dallas faced a 4th and 9 from the Eagle 32 on the next drive, and the situation looked bleak. But then Orton found Dez Bryant over the middle, and Bryant not only made the first down but also made it all the way to the end zone. The Cowboys could not convert the 2-point conversion, though, and still trailed 24-22.
The defense that has not been able to stop anyone all year made a critical stop, and the Cowboys got the ball back at their own 32 with 1:49 remaining.
Tony Romo was not the quarterback, but the result was just all too familiar.
Orton tried to get the ball to Miles Austin on the first play of the drive, but Orton underthrew his receiver. The ball hit Brandon Boykin in the chest, and the interception effectively ended the Cowboys’ season.
Orton and Jason Witten had good games on paper, but both made critical mistakes. Witten could not manage to knock down a poorly thrown pass in the first half, and the play resulted in an interception. The Eagles turned around and scored a touchdown. DeMarco Murray fumbled earlier in the game, and the Eagles turned around and kicked a field goal.
Including the 4th and 1 play, the Eagles were able to score 17 points off Dallas mistakes. Those points were just enough to keep the Cowboys out of the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
In the Hall of Fame Game on August 4, the Cowboys ran the ball 34 times for 170 yards and committed no turnovers.
That’s a distant memory after this afternoon’s performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
16 rushing attempts.
Granted, three turnovers were interceptions thrown by backup quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Alex Tanney.
Others were fumbles by Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar, and Dwayne Harris. Those fumbles present more of a concern because all three will likely handle the ball this season.
Bryant otherwise looked like a top-flight receiver once again, catching 4 passes for 74 yards. Dunbar also looked like a good option out of the backfield.
In fact, his fumble came at the end of a 43-yard reception that would have given the Cowboys the ball inside the Arizona 10.
Tony Romo completed 7 of 10 passes for 142 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. However, he missed a wide-open Terrance Williams on what looked like a sure touchdown.
Romo’s immediate replacement, Orton, was awful, completing just 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards with 2 picks.
The Cowboys’ lone touchdown came in the fourth quarter when Tanney hit tight end Gavin Escobar on a five-yard pass.
Tanney also had two chances to lead the team to a game-winning touchdown. The first drive started with 5:07 remaining, but the Cowboys went nowhere. On the last drive, Tanney drove the Cowboys into Arizona territory, but with Dallas needing a touchdown to win, Tanney threw a pass picked off by rookie Tony Jefferson.
The Cowboys host the Cincinnati Bengals on August 24.
The Cowboys took a 17-16 lead over the Oakland Raiders early in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ second preseason game on Friday evening. The defense then did its job, forcing a three-and-out after the Raiders returned the ensuing kickoff 51 yards.
However, rookie B.W. Webb could not handle the punt and fumbled, giving the ball back to the Raiders. Oakland’s Eddy Carmona kicked a 23-yard field goal that turned out to be the game-winner, as Oakland beat the Cowboys 19-17.
The fumble was one of several mistakes made by the backups in the second half. Both of the Cowboys’ turnovers happened in the second half, and both let to points. The first mistake was Nick Stevens’ interception on the Cowboys’ opening drive of the second half. The pick led to a Raider field goal.
The loss ruined Tony Romo’s preseason debut. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards. Kyle Orton was also sharp, completing all 6 of his attempts for 52 yards and a nice touchdown throw to Cole Beasley.
The starting defense looked very good. Sean Lee forced a Matt Flynn fumble on Oakland’s opening drive of the game. However, the Cowboys stalled on the resulting drive, as the team went backwards and had to settle for a field goal.
Romo also directed a good drive late in the first quarter, finding Dez Bryant on gains of 26 and 15 yards. However, the drive stalled, and Oakland blocked Dan Bailey’s field-goal attempt.
The defense had a difficult time stopping the Raiders’ offense when Terrelle Pryor entered the game. The Dallas back-ups did not appear ready to stop the read-option.
On the other hand, rookie J.J. Wilcox was able to end a long Raider drive when he picked off Pryor in the end zone. The Cowboys turned around and drove 80 yards for a touchdown to take a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Dallas led 10-6 at the half.
The Cowboys travel to Arizona on Saturday, August 17 to face the Cardinals.
The best news from the preseason thus far has come in the first halves of the three games:
Dallas Cowboys 30, Opponents 6
Dwayne Harris showed that the Cowboys may actually have some depth at receiver. He hauled in three passes in the first half, two of which went for touchdowns. He and quarterback Tony Romo allowed the team to jump out to a 17-3 lead in the first half, en route to a 20-19 win over the Rams.
Harris finished the night with three receptions for 118 yards. Romo only played in the first quarter but still completed 9 of 13 for 198 yards, giving him a QB rating of 151.4.
Backup Kyle Orton led the team on a late drive in the first half, setting up Dan Bailey‘s second field goal of the half. The drive featured some nice receptions by Cole Beasley, Kevin Ogletree, and James Hanna.
In fact, Ogletree ended up with the most receptions on the night, hauling in five passes for 75 yards. However, Ogletree could not haul in a pass on a 3rd-and-6 play and forced the team to settle for a field goal.
The four Dallas quarterbacks combined for 333 passing yards. Orton was sacked twice, while the others were not sacked at all.
The defense shut down starter Sam Bradford all night. He completed only 6 of 17 passes for 64 yards, and Morris Claiborne broke up a pass in the end zone late in the first half, denying the Rams a shot at a touchdown.
DeMarco Murray ran five times for 26 yards. He apparently suffered a hand injury, but it does not appear to be serious.
Other potential bad news: nose tackle Jay Ratliff reportedly suffered a high ankle sprain during the game. A few have tweeted that he may miss some regular season games.
Dallas hosts Miami on Wednesday night. Starters are not likely to play.
The Dallas Cowboys’ offensive starters played until the beginning of the second quarter on Monday night. The team gained nine yards on that possession, which doubled what the offense had gained on its first two possessions in the first quarter.
The rest of the game wasn’t any more impressive, as the Cowboys struggled to move the ball all game long. The teams were tied 0-0 at halftime.
Kyle Orton led the Cowboys on their longest drive of the game, taking the offense from its own 18 to the Oakland 15 before the drive stalled. The key play was a 20-yard completion to rookie tight end Andrew Szczerba. A pass interference penalty on the Raiders also helped.
The defense had some trouble with rookie receiver Rod Streater, but neither he nor the rest of the Oakland offense could pose much of a threat in Dallas territory. The Raiders missed two field goals in the loss, and the Cowboys put the game away when Mana Silva picked off Terrelle Pryor with less than 40 seconds left in the game.
Running back Jamize Olawale from the University of North Texas led the Cowboys in the ground by rushing 12 times for 42 yards. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones combined for a total of four rushing yards.
Dez Bryant played and caught a 24-yard pass. Andre Holmes caught three passes for 40 yards.
Dallas next plays at San Diego on Saturday night.