Experience Mantra Led to 5 Straight Losses

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Experience is the word that keeps coming up when members of the dallascowboys.com staff are asked about Kellen Moore. Apparently the same rules didn’t apply when hiring the head coach, Jason Garrett. He had no experience as an offensive coordinator or head coach at any level.

Matt Cassel has experience, but

Experience never seems to matter when Jerry Jones’ rookie draft picks start games every year. Lets be real Cowboys faithful: there are a lot of guys with NFL experience who are standing in the unemployment line. Despite all of this experience, Matt Cassel finds himself on his 5th NFL team. His current 0-2 record, 3 interceptions to 1 TD and a passer rating of 58.5 in a Cowboys uniform explains why.

Experience can’t make up for not having what it takes to succeed in the NFL with any type of consistency. I don’t care what a player did once or twice five or more years ago. The NFL is a what have you done for me lately league. At the end of the day, Matt Cassel couldn’t win a starting job in college either. Yet someone was willing to give him an opportunity to sink or swim at the NFL level. Unfortunately he is sinking on his 5th NFL team. I want someone to give me a logical explanation why the winningest QB in NCAA history has been denied a chance to sink or swim when a guy who was never even a starter in college got that opportunity?

Tony Romo observing Kelln Moore drawing up plays on the sidelinesIf this idiotic experience logic the Dallas Cowboys front office is standing behind had any merit, Tony Romo wouldn’t be second all time in career passer rating. In fact, there wouldn’t be any QBs in the NFL at all. Do you remember back in 2006 when the Cowboys were off to a slow start under the veteran Drew Bledsoe; (the former franchise QB of the NE Patriots who had led them to a Super Bowl), and despite all of his experience, Hall Of Fame HC Bill Parcells benched him mid game and brought in the kid with “NO” experience, Tony Romo?  How did that work out? I’ll tell you, the Cowboys went from 3-3 to 10-6 and a playoff berth.

If experience is playing a role here, it’s a lack thereof by the head coach, Jason Garrett. When he was asked about Weeden’s poor performance he said he gave us the best chance to win and then the very next game he started Matt Cassel. I am confused: if Weeden gave them the best chance to win, why the switch? All we heard in the press conferences was what a good job he was doing. Next it was what a good Job Cassel did. Obviously he is talking in circles. Flip-flopping like the politician he is.

Reality check Mr. Garrett: the Cowboys lost 5 games in a row. The last two with the so-called experienced QB who had not only the benefit of a running game, but a defense that allowed less than 14 offensive points per game and the added benefit of having Dez Bryant on the field Sunday vs the Seahawks. Cole Beasley is 2nd on the team with 22 receptions behind the veteran Jason Witten, who has 38. The sad part is, everyone said that Beasley’s production is a result of Dez Bryant being on the field. The truth is, he hasn’t had a single catch with Cassel at the helm despite being open a lot. Dez Bryant being back made no difference at all. Even having two catchless games under Cassel, he remains 2nd on the team in receptions.

Matt Cassel, despite his experience, (much like Brandon Weeden), is going off of his presnap  read and many times stares down his receiver. Not having the mental capacity to make all 5 reads following the snap; is not only the reason the Cowboys are ranked 29th in scoring, but 24th in passing yards.

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The Cowboys are ranked 6th running the football (127.6 YPG) and 8th in total defense. Let’s not blame Cole Beasley, or ask what happened to him: It’s the QB’s inability to get through his progressions and find the open man. If Cole was second on the team in the absence of Bryant, despite having no catches the week before, and his success is really based on Dez being on the field:  he should have had multiple catches Sunday.

Matt Cassel averaged 3.9 yards per pass vs the Seahawks (97 yds for the game). Obviously he was in safe mode in an effort to avoid multiple interceptions. However, one of the few shots he did take down the field, went right in to the hands of Richard Sherman. Thank God Dez Bryant knew how to play defense and broke up the play.

Obviously Jason Garrett’s lack of experience combined with refusing to listen to his offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan, and not playing Kellen Moore, is why the Cowboys lost five straight games.

If you ask anyone who is adept at watching tape and grading players, the one thing they will all tell you; is Kellen Moore does an excellent job of getting through his progressions, making good reads, and finding the open man. He consistently uses all five eligibles, sustains long drives, scores a lot of TDs, and most importantly, he doesn’t turn the ball over. Just imagine where Tony Romo, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Aaron Rodgers and many others would be, if someone hadn’t pulled them off of the bench and let them play without any experience. The Cowboys 2-5 record proves beyond a reasonable doubt that experience didn’t matter one bit. At this point the Cowboys have nothing at all to lose by giving the kid a chance.

You can buy in to the experience mantra all you want, but the fact of the matter is: The Cowboys are 29th in scoring and 2-5. Scott Linehan had to water down his offense Sunday and play conservative football because he doesn’t trust his QB to protect the rock. He wanted Kellen Moore in Dallas because he trusts him. But hey, no one listens to him either.

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  • gcarr1213

    Darren McFadden had over 100 all purpose yards in the game. He only averaged 3.2 yards per carry on the ground, but he got a lot of dirty yards, and the ground game stopped producing, because the Seahawks defense realized they didn’t need to be concerned with Cassel.  The defense held the Seattle offense to 13 points despite being exhausted. And even though they marched down on the final drive, the defense still limited them to a FG to give Dallas a shot to win by a FG. Forget Cassel not having pocket awareness, he has no game awareness. Several times Dez got open, and Cassel didn’t see him. I saw 5 times not counting the plays where Dez was thrown two, where Dez had a guy beat, 3 of them would have been for good yardage, and two of them would have been for TD. The throw where Cassel underthrew the ball to Dez and Sherman almost made a play, Romo would have led Dez for a good gain. In the redzone after the Hardy INT Beasley was open in the flat, Cassel wasn’t even pressured, and he misses Beasley by a mile, as long as Beasley catches it, it goes for 7 yards minimum.

  • gcarr1213

    I dare anyone to blame anything on anyone else other than Cassel for losing this game. Even ST didn’t kill us this time, they even made a play. The only guys I didn’t feel had a good game was Free and the S everyone else was solid or ok. Cassel threw for 97 yards and no TD. 200 yards passing is almost a requirement and that’s an average day. Under 200 yards is only ok when your ground game is great. He averaged 3.9 yards per pass, that’s the equivalent of a bad day on the ground game. You aren’t going to win when your QB only throws for 97 yards, and yet we still came close to winning.

  • gcarr1213

    Jeff Heath is reportedly about to get fined for his hit against Lockett. I seriously want an explanation for why he gets fined for a clean hit. Sick of this pansy football looking like basketball where every time something bad happens someone begs and cries for a flag.

  • gcarr1213 despite his pathetic play, according to Broaddus they will stick with him.

  • gcarr1213 it’s becoming Lingerie football not the NFL.

  • gcarr1213 You’re preaching to the choir bro. Garrett is too pig headed to make the right decision

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 And in all honesty I expected McFadden to do worse this game given how good the Seattle D is. But he did enough in my opinion the QB didn’t. You’re asking a lot for any RB to have 100 yards on the Hawks, much less a RB who is over the hill.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 If the passing game would have been effetive, McFadden would have had 100 yards. Sea did what I said they would: trusted their secondary and focused on taking the run away and getting after Cassel.

  • Californy

    albeam17 gcarr1213 I doubt It JG making these decision, to me he is nothing but the messenger- Team manager.  Our misfortune lies in the hand of Al Davis JR, until he is 6 feet under we should not expect any different that we been getting the last 20 plus years.

  • Californy

    Great Article Al, you are right on the money again with your assessment of JG and his role in determining who play in the absence of Romo.

    I be honest, I would move on from Romo if Kellen Moore ever get the chance to establish himself as the next great Cowboy qb

    I believe Kellen would flourished IF JG step as aside asthe Play calling Mingler or is replaced all together with a coach with the ability of Chris Peterson of Washington University

  • Californy

    albeam17 gcarr1213 JJ and JG lack the vision in the here and now and the ability to access real talent, in a player Like Kellen Moore

  • Californy albeam17 gcarr1213 that my friend is a sad reality.

  • Californy albeam17 gcarr1213 that my friend is a sad reality.

  • Californy albeam17 gcarr1213 Jon Gruden did at his QB camp.

  • gcarr1213 All over Facebook the homers are blaming the refs lol.When a team has to rely on penalties to move the chains thay are in deep trouble. 3 trips to the red zone: 3 FG’s. You wont beat a 2 time NFC champion team with FGs.

  • Californy I cmpletely agree. Watering down an offense rather than have the balls to make a change at QB shows just how incompetent Garrett is. Parcells or Jimmy would have played Moore by now. But hey, they had the cajones to stand up to Jerry.

  • Californy The funny part is; Peterson ran a more complex offense at Boise than Garrett runs in the NFL.

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy I seen Moore Play live when he was in college like 4 times, every time beating the team I was rooting for, It hard not to be a believer when he did it 4 before my eyes.

    Moore reminds me of Brady, he know where the wr will be before he even break out of his route.  Moore and the WR must be on the same page to have the same success he had in college.  He demands that out of his player, and the player would be better off for it because he feed the player he trust

  • Californy

    John Grudden would be another good Cowboy head coach, because John is smart enough to let Moore manage the offense the way he could.  I just hope one day soon, JJ finally takes himself out of the equation to see the Cowboys rise to the top in the NFL again

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy I like player who have the guts to stand up and be heard.  Terrel Owens was one of those player when he confronted JG about his Offensive schemes being to vanilla.

    I done it myself in my past with my Head coach twice, sometimes you have no choice but to do it.  I believe the team benefited from it too.

  • Californy When he was on the QB camp, Gruden said: “I love this guy. I wish I could spend two or three more days with you.”
    “Kellen Moore is a wizard and has a deep understanding of how football works..There is a multitude of shifts a ton of motions, multiple formations. How do you have command of so much stuff?”

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy They say The NFL is a copy cat league,  why hasnt JG copy some of the NE England , Denver and Seattle plays.  I seen Seattle run a 3 TE formation with all the TE next to each other, I seen the Patriots run a formation with 3 TE all right of the Right Offensive Guard.  JG  doesn’t get it, and neither did the defense in trying to stop that pass play in that formation, lol

  • Californy albeam17 The other thing Gruden said was: “you use all 5 eligibles don’t ya. You don’t discriminate against anyone. The one thing you do have a lot of is accuracy. The other is anticipation. The type of anticipation you need to succeed at the next level.”

  • Californy

    albeam17 Californy Kellen Moore is a brilliant QB, one day he will be a brilliant HC at any level of Football.  I just want to see him make it as a player, I have no doubt he will make it as a HC.  Kellen wont need to learn the on the GO, he already know it.

  • Californy albeam17 Well I can totally understand that going from a conplex Bill Walsh system to what Garrett runs.

  • Californy

    AL I have to go, keep up the great work here.  I am always excited about talking about Kellen Moore, because I am a believer of him.  Seeing is believing, and I already saw enough of him to have no doubts

  • Californy albeam17 That’s why Boise offered him the HC job when Peterson left.

  • Californy Thanks Bro. Have a good night.

  • Californy The sickening part is: Jerry would rather tank the season than admit Cassel was a bad move and play Moore.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  I’m curious what was illegal about it too. Face to face. Wasn’t engaged with anyone else. If he hadn’t got hurt there wouldn’t have been a second thought on that block. It is a big WTF?

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 You’ve got that right and the fact he is a Cowboy guarantees a headline for the Commish.

  • BigDIndiana

    gcarr1213  But he throws a nice spiral.

  • BigDIndiana gcarr1213 LMAO

  • NguyenJohnathan

    Man, i was coming here to rant and get my frustrations out and saw this article.  Yours and Cas’s articles are like food to my soul, meds for blood pressure, scotch for when i want to tune out idiots around me.  Your reasoning about experience is spot on Al! Expressed with intelligence, pulling no punches as if no reverberation. Times like this make me wish you’d be our GM lol.  I predicted we would lose 5 straight before we’d see Kellen takes the field.  Once again, thanks Garrett for making me look like an idiot. What made me so mad is we could have won 4 or even 5 games with Kellen at the helm.  I have ZERO doubt Kellen would look like All Pro comparing to these experienced has been! Thanks for the article Al.  I love it and let me get you a few rounds if we ever meet lol.

  • NguyenJohnathan

    Man, i was coming here to rant and get my frustrations out and saw this article.  Yours and Cas’s articles are like food to my soul, meds for blood pressure, scotch for when i want to tune out idiots around me.  Your reasoning about experience is spot on Al! Expressed with intelligence, pulling no punches as if no reverberation. Times like this make me wish you’d be our GM lol.  I predicted we would lose 5 straight before we’d see Kellen takes the field.  Once again, thanks Garrett for making me look like an idiot. What made me so mad is we could have won 4 or even 5 games with Kellen at the helm.  I have ZERO doubt Kellen would look like All Pro comparing to these experienced has been! Thanks for the article Al.  I love it and let me get you a few rounds if we ever meet lol.

  • NguyenJohnathan Thanks John and I would definitely take you up on that.

  • gcarr1213

    NguyenJohnathan Not even just more, just a decent backup. I would prefer my backup to at least have more wins than losses, and more TD than INT.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 BigDIndiana gcarr1213 No the NFL will just try to find some sideline rant and say Jeff Heath wanted to kill puppies at the end of the game. Just like they did Dez just this past game. Pathetic officiating all year for every game. The refs potentially might have cost the Panthers their game if the Panthers couldn’t pull it out at the end. The refs now have way too much influence in how the game is played. The rules are interpreted differently from crew to crew.

  • gcarr1213

    Say what you want, but this team is far too talented for us to go on a five game losing streak. And it’s because of the trash we have at backup QB. Very rarely will your starting OG be playing as horribly as Leary did, to have a backup play at almost a pro bowl level in Collins. The QB have been horrendous, yet we will continue to lose because the coaching staff and Jerry keep Cassel in the game.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 BigDIndiana  that’s because there is too much gray area in the rules that allows refs to make their own interpretation which leads to different standards for each rule based on the crew

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 BigDIndiana The officials need be held responsible, the interpretations as you said are different from game to game. It’s pathetic. You want to hold players and coaches responsible, but officials are off limits. I also found out, you might have known, but I didn’t know, but if you complain or address the officiating to the media players and coaches can be fined by the league, which is why we don’t really see it.

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 BigDIndiana  Jerry has been fined a few times for that

  • gcarr1213 albeam17 BigDIndiana It’s like I said on FB though: when a team get’s to the point they have to rely on penalties to move the chains they are in serious trouble.