10. Maybe I’m being naïve, but I’m not buying the Seahawks’ claims that Dez Bryant said something along the lines of “that’s what the f--- he gets” in the direction of fallen, unconscious Ricardo Lockette. Passionate? Obvious. Animated? You betcha. Angry? At times, sure. But I’ve never known Bryant being that type of a-hole. Dez’s response to the claims via his Twitter: “Say this is some bulls--- … I got on one knee and prayed for lockette I would never in my f------ life do some s--- like that.” Innocent, until proven guilty.
9. The Cowboys had 97 yards passing. In an NFL game. Played indoors. Think about that. Matt Cassel ran productively a couple of times, but the offense is just hideous. Ninety-seven yards passing? From illegal contact to rub plays to interference to illegal hits, this sport is constructed to maximize the passing game. And the Cowboys couldn’t even get to 100 yards. 10 receivers, including four tight ends, had 100 by themselves on Sunday. I mean, seriously, this has hit the depths of 1989 ugly.
8. Still flabbergasted that the Cowboys have Jeff Heath on their roster, much less on the field. Barry Church went out with an injury and immediately the Seahawks found a hole in Dallas’ defense. Yep, the void around Heath.
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7. The Cowboys’ defense has allowed only two touchdowns in the last two weeks. And they’ve lost both games. Amazing.
6. Jason Garrett isn’t doing a lot right these days. Despite a healthy defense and Dez back the Cowboys lost their fifth in a row without their quarterback. But it is kinda cool that this move worked: The blocked field goal was authored by David Irving, also known as the Cowboys’ tallest player at 6-foot-7. Sometimes the best answers are the simplest.
5. Heath’s hit was violent, but legal. Much more “fair”, if you will, than Golden Tate’s ear-hole number on Sean Lee back in 2012.
4. Hope Dez’s foot is totally healed, because today it had to bear the extra weight of toting around Seattle’s Richard Sherman. Bryant had 2 catches; Sherman 4 passes defensed.
3. Every week I’m amazed at how preposterously horrible NFL referees are. Luke Willson’s touchdown catch wasn’t – he clearly came down on his hip before the ball crossed the goal line. Cassel’s ugly incompletion wasn’t – as was ruled on the field – even close to any kind of fumble. But most of all, the refs allowed annoying, gum-chomping coach Pete Carroll to get away with a mistake. Near the end of the first half, Carroll attempted to call back-to-back timeouts. Not illegal. But should be ignored. It wasn’t. The ref’s initial stoppage of time to allow the timeout allowed Seattle to get away with having 12 men on the field before a field-goal attempt. The penalty would’ve resulted in a first down inside Seattle’s 20. The Cowboys got three points but, who knows, they might have scored seven. In a one-point game, that’s a crucial – inexcusable – mistake by the zebras.
2. Like him or not, Greg Hardy is a monster. His jump-over-a-blocker-tip-a-pass-make-an-interception-and-almost-return-it-for-a-touchdown was the kind of defensive play the Cowboys last saw when DeMarcus Ware was young and spry.
1. Quietest corner of Cowboys’ country? The faction of critics that criticized Jerry Jones for over-paying Tony Romo. Without their star quarterback they are now 0-5 and abysmally inept and almost unwatchable. If anything, Dallas’ demise without No. 9 proves he’s underrated and maybe even under-paid.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.