The Dallas Cowboys sit at 3-5 heading into a Sunday night game against the defending Super Bowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys are only two games out of first but losing to the Tennessee Titans by two touchdowns at home after a bye doesn’t give anybody confidence around the team.
Since we are at the midway point in the season, let’s take a look at the team’s midseason report card.
Front Office – D
The front office gets a “D” with the way they handled the offseason. You heard a lot about not needing a number one receiver, Dak friendly offense and just an overall confidence with how this offense would take shape even though they didn’t really address any of the problems this team had on offense to end the 2017 season.
They admitted their mistake by trading their first round pick for Amari Cooper before the trade deadline. In my opinion, that was a desperation move because this team was more than a receiver away from being true contenders.
Coaching Staff – F
The coaching staff gets an “F” and it starts with head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. One of the biggest factors for this grade is simple, Dak Prescott continues to regress under their leadership and because of that, the offense struggles to score 20 points with their outdated scheme.
Offense – D
The offense gets a “D” and that may be too high. As we touched on with the coaching staff, they aren’t being put in positions to be successful and when they are, the quarterback isn’t able to execute the play. The offensive line hasn’t been as good as they were in years past. When Dak is getting time, he either holds onto the ball too long or is not seeing when receivers are open. Here are some of the offensive rankings so far in 2018.
|Category||Number / NFL Ranking|
|Points Per Game||19.2 / 26th|
|Passing Yards Per Game||188.4 / 29th|
|Plays Per Game||59.9 / 29th|
|Touchdowns Per Game||1.9 / 26th|
|Yards Per Attempt||6.3 / 25th|
|Total Yards Per Game||317.1 / 27th|
Defense – B
The defense gets a “B” because as good as they’ve been at times; there have still been times where they don’t get takeaways and where they can’t get off the field. On Monday night, the Titans converted on 11 of 14 third downs and if you want to call yourself an elite defense, that cannot happen.
Special Teams – A
Special teams get an “A” because Brett Maher has been lights out for the most part. He has had a couple of setbacks the last couple of games, including on Monday night when he missed a 38 yard field goal but he has been everything the team thought he was when they decided to move on from Dan Bailey.
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