Before we move on to the New York Jets next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, let’s hear from Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, and his thoughts on the Cowboys loss to the Jets. Below is Calvin’s article, courtesy of his Dallas Cowboys Blog.
The problem with the Tony Romo fumble at the Jets 2 is what happened before that. On Romo’s 64-yard completion to tight end Jason Witten, the veteran should have kept running and not worried about safety Jim Leonhard. If Witten keeps running, maybe he gets into the end zone. First-and-goal from the 3 and the Cowboys have an unbalanced line and while Bill Nagy pulls, Felix Jones gains just one yard. On the second play, Romo throws a back shoulder fade to Miles Austin in the end zone. Austin is running a deeper route and doesn’t see the pass. But Antonio Cromartie does and almost picks it off. On the second play, Romo wants to throw to Dez Bryant but Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis jams him at the line of scrimmage forcing Romo to find another receiver. Nobody is open and he scrambles to the end zone. For a brief moment, Witten appeared open in the back of the end zone and he waves his hand, but Romo either didn’t see him or couldn’t get the ball to him.
Mike Jenkins and the fourth quarter
It was interesting to watch Jenkins in this game. He came in recovering from a stinger and a hyperextended knee. He was hurt on a run play, then a blindside hit Yet, Jenkins missed 11 fourth quarter snaps as he recovered from a bruised shoulder, suffered when Plaxico Burress hit him near the Jets sideline. When Jenkins was out, the first-team corners were Alan Ball and Bryan McCann with Barry Church in the slot. You have to wonder with Jenkins out, why didn’t McCann get deep help on Mark Sanchez‘s 26-yard touchdown pass to Burress in the fourth quarter. If Jenkins is playing, maybe he doesn’t get safety help, but McCann, a second-year player most likely needed it. Gerald Sensabaugh trailed the play after Sanchez sent the pass toward Burress but it was too late for McCann, who needed support. When Jenkins did return, the Jets went right after him and he made a nice tackle on Burress. You can tell Jenkins wasn’t 100 percent, but it was one of his toughest games from a health standpoint.
We’re going to talk about Jay Ratliff and Kyle Kosier and double-teams. Ratliff was doubled it seemed on almost every play. On DeMarcus Ware‘s first sack of the game, Ratliff was doubled. When Ratliff saw single coverage, meaning a center took him on, he was able to get some penetration. The Jets wanted to keep Ratliff out of the game and challenge Ware and Anthony Spencer with their tackles. Ware bounced around left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and right tackle Wayne Hunter. Ware beat Hunter for his first sack. Kosier meanwhile was a busy man. Not only was he helping rookie right tackle Tyron Smith on certain plays, but he also moved over to help center Phil Costa. There was one pass play where Koiser helped Smith and Costa before the pass was thrown. It was proof of how valuable Kosier is to the offensive line.