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Does lackluster preseason mean anything for Cowboys offense?

Entering the season opener, there are a number of question marks about how the Redskins might look as they prepare to debut under new Coach Mike Shanahan with new schemes on both sides of the ball.

In Dallas, however, the questions surround just how much stock to put into a preseason in which the offense was less than impressive. In four preseason games, the Cowboys starting offense scored just one touchdown -- on an eight-yard drive -- and the offensive line allowed 16 sacks in five games, including five of starting quarterback Tony Romo.

For the opener, the Cowboys will be without two starting offensive linemen: right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier, both out with knee injuries. Veterans Alex Barron and Montrae Holland, both of whom have started in their careers, will replace Colombo and Kosier.
Barron started 74 of 76 career games with the St. Louis Rams since 2005 before signing with the Cowboys, while Holland has started 48 of 75 career games - though just two in the past two seasons. Holland was inactive for all 16 games with the Cowboys in 2009.

"Their back-ups pretty good; they all right," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "Like Coach said, they plan to us we got to play our defense, what we do. Whoever is in there, we still gonna run our blitz [and] make their line move. They got a lot of big guys so we do a lot of stunting, a lot of different things on the line where they have to move their feet. We think that's an advantage to us no matter who is in there."

Several Redskins defensive veterans played down how the injuries might impact or change their outlook or schemes entering Sunday night.

The message in the locker room was clear: Despite the struggles of the Cowboys offense in preseason and even with the injuries along the offensive line, the Redskins would not be altering their game plan going into the primetime match-up.

"Regardless of whether they were starting the whole five or not I think the most important thing is this is the season opener, we have to set the tempo for the defense and just set the tempo in general just as an organization," linebacker Andre Carter said. "Regardless of who is playing it's just important we go out there and play four quarters of our game."

By Paul Tenorio  |  September 11, 2010; 6:19 AM ET
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First to say that Reid is as lazy as Fat AL!!!

Posted by: srobert1117 | September 11, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: BarackObama | September 11, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Poopy_McPoop + Albert_Haynesworth = Chia_Pet


Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, my bad. I'm still working on that first cup of coffee.

Poopy_McPoop + Chia_Pet = Albert_Haynesworth

There, fixed it to be accurate !

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Blitz, blitz some more, then blitz again... until the inbred Jason Witten's girlfriend tony is laying on the ground in a heaping pile of his own blood, entrails, and $H)T. HTTR!!!

Posted by: Burrasta1 | September 11, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Called out Poopy_McPoop (aka Albert_Haynesworth) last night and got under his skin, and low and behold, never heard another word from Albert_Haynesworth while Poopy was kept busy arguing with me. In the post below , the dumbass Poopy post one of his trademark "pooped my pants", only to do so without changing his handle back from Albert_Haynesworth to Poopy_McPoop.


Did someone just poop in here?

Posted by: Albert_Haynesworth | September 10, 2010 5:44 PM |

This is in the RI history if you'd like to go back, and you'll find Poopy where you find Albert_Haynesworth. COOK IT !

Sorry Poopy, game over.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

hessone...just in case you missed this....

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 2:39 AM |

You don't have to change it, just go by Chia_Pet.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 8:11 AM

hessone..come on baby boy..i was trying to be helpful...i saw you in the RI fight with poopy..there's no need to start with me...poopy must have a strong hold on you..i give props for one joke when he said "Dez Bryant= Doo Doo Brown" and you want to make war out of it...damn dude get a life..hopefully this will help....

I jcnjcnj am not Chia_Pet or any other poster you may think I am..So please stop accusing me of being an impostor..I dont need and will not hide...because I don't have to. I have established myself here with my own battles/victories..that one reason i didn't change handles...i want all my victims to know i still rule..

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 8:46 AM

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Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 9:05 AM |

I read it on the last thread.

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse



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Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Does lackluster preseason mean anything for Cowboys' offense?

Good question, mistamayor.

You're asking, "Can the 'boys offense turn-it-on and be efficient after looking lame all preseason?"

They will try to emulate a high flying offense--they want Dez showcased--right up until T Romo's third hit to the turf.

Then, I'd say they'll try to run the ball down our throats as 4 preseason games seem to hint that you can run on the edges of the redskins' defense.

They'll attack A Carter with screen plays and reverses.

They'll send M Austin/Dez B deep at R Doughty.

They'll make LL cover Witten underneath.

They'll move Ware inside with Ratliff over the guard/center gaps and put stunting/twisting pressure directly in McNabb's face like they did three times last year with success.

Now, case they abuse with the stuff they use?

Moe says, "Naw," as the skins offense will attack the 'boys D to win.

Skins win 32-21.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 11, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:11 AM
thank you...

and this is spooky...your post was posted on 9/11 at 9:11...when you consider what 9/11 means to this country...that something..i don't know if you gamble but you should play that number...street numbers.. straight...whatever..

Posted by: jcnjcnj | September 11, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: hessone | September 11, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Haslett is quite familiar with both Cowboys backups.

He was the Rams coach when Barron started at RT for the Rams and he coached the Saints when Montrae Holland was their starting guard.

Suddenly I feel even better about the defensive game plan.

Posted by: elfreako | September 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I see the drinking has started way tooooo early for the skins fans. The remarks on here are hilarious! It seems to me that while the majority of you guys are looking forward to "new" Redskins defense to "dominate" the 2 Dallas backup linemen...The same majority are forgetting that the far inferior Redskins O'line ( that was never upgraded) has to face arguably the best LB corp in the game. Not to mention J. Ratlif...Hmmm. All this posturing by the skins fans is just the simple byproduct of a great P.R. campaign by both DannyBoy AND J.J. in order to help drive interest in this game. C'mon, do you seriously think the way they are promoting this in normal? What other "professional" NFL team does this? OKokokok...The Lions do it every year. The Skins will come out fired up....Will control everything for the first 10-15 minutes on pure adrenalin then the real game starts. The game in which the more talented, younger and better prepared team wins. Cowboys 30, Skins 13.....With Dez scoring twice.......Oh, and did you guys notice how I went this entire post without using a derogatory remark regarding the Skins?..........Oh and what do you think of LaVar predicting the Cowboys to roll over the Skins?....Hmmmmmmmm.....

Posted by: jacob21703 | September 11, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

again Resdskins fans better know around the globe as "son's of Palin's" wreck a blog with their infantile analysis. The skins are 4-12 and McChicken is going to get worked like Briana. They can't beat the coolige colts and have been spanked 59-39-1 by Dallas in their matchups. 2 strike bowls and some cross-dressing seniors with pig snouts don't make a franchise. shut it down, change the racist name, and get Bob Marley off the helmet! Book that Trig!

Posted by: doyouktt | September 12, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

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