KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Keith Brooking #51 of the Dallas Cowboys compete for a loose ball during the game on October 11, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
There are myriad theories concerning Dallas' late-game struggles on defense of late. These range from poor coaching to insufficient preparation to, as Bradie James said yesterday, over-aggressiveness.
"I don't know if it's guys being overly aggressive, but you got to pick the right time to gamble," said James yesterday. "The night before the game, all players dream of making the game winning play...When you get in that situation, you kind of want to be that guy, but you've got to make plays within the scheme."
Keith Brooking would probably agree, though not in so many words; the remedy, Brooking has said countless times, is not complicated, but hinges simply on preparation and attention to detail. This is a predictable sentiment, considering Brooking's workman-like approach to the game.