View Full Version : Cowboys Notebook: Bledsoe works on decision-making

Bob Dole
12-09-2005, 04:50 AM
By Jaime Aron
The Associated Press

IRVING - Drew Bledsoe freely admits the problem he has struggled with most of his life. It's the dilemma every quarterback faces: When to play it safe and give up on a play or when to take the risk of making something out of nothing.

"As a competitor, you want every play to be successful," he said. "But it also comes a point to where a play has reached its maximum potential and you have to throw it out of bounds. Or sometimes it's safer, if you're in the pocket, to take the sack and not risk taking your other hand off the ball and possibly turning it over.

"It's a constant battle. That's been the same since I was in high school, college, ... as long as I've been playing the game."

Bledsoe has had to make a lot more of those decisions lately.

The Cowboys have not led in their last two games and their running game has been poor. So Bledsoe has put it up 83 times.

He's also had consecutive games with two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

While improved blocking would help, Bledsoe knows he needs to make better decisions, too.

"There comes a time in a ballgame, late in a game, when maybe you have to force something," he said. "For me, it's about trying to make the best possible decision each play. That's my challenge."

One time-buying method is using the shotgun. Coach Bill Parcells said the Cowboys have considered it, but center Andre Gurode - who played the second half of the 17-10 loss to the New York Giants last Sunday - isn't accurate enough with it. Starter Al Johnson is better. Parcells said he again plans to use both Sunday against Kansas City.

<b>FROM TWO INTERCEPTIONS TO A BIG EXCEPTION:</b> One of Bill Parcells' top rules is that a player who doesn't practice all week can't play that weekend.

The exception - a veteran player whom Parcells trusts.

Mark Bavaro had that privilege late in his career with the New York Giants. Cornerback Aaron Glenn, who spent four seasons working with Parcells on the New York Jets, appears to have the same leeway.

Glenn picked off two passes Sunday at their old stomping grounds, Giants Stadium, but sprained an ankle returning the second one. Although he stayed in the game, he's been kept out of team drills this week.

"He's making progress," Parcells said Thursday. "He can run. ... We'll just have to see where he is. I trust his judgment."

Glenn has been filling in for Anthony Henry, who has missed the last two games and played only part-time in another because of a groin injury. Henry will be back Sunday and likely will start.

"If he doesn't play well it's just because he didn't play well," Parcells said. "He looks fine."

If Glenn doesn't play, Jacques Reeves will be the third cornerback.

<b>QUICK HITS:</b> Struggling RB Julius Jones got a pep talk from coach Bill Parcells on Thursday.

"There are going to be times in your career where it gets a little sticky," Parcells told him. "Sometimes, you just got to be your own blocker and just somehow manage to rip off one of those big runs, or a good run, where everybody sees it and it gets everybody excited. ... As an individual runner, you can make one guy miss or run through a tackle and all of a sudden the whole landscape changes."

Right guard Marco Rivera is in awe of his Kansas City counterpart, Will Shields. Shields has played in 10 straight Pro Bowls, the league's longest streak and the best in Chiefs history. This is his 13th season and he's played them all, starting all but the first one.

"He's played the game the same way for 13 years. There's no drop-off, nothing," Rivera said. "You put on tape and you already know how he's going to pass block, you know how he's going to run block because it's Will Shields. It doesn't change.''

Source (http://www.amarillo.com/stories/120905/nfl_3443419.shtml)

Hammock Parties
12-09-2005, 05:42 AM

Extra Point
12-09-2005, 07:15 AM
If Bledsoe could take the "lucky" game gum out of his mouth, he could move his feet more.

Mile High Mania
12-09-2005, 07:26 AM
Dallas was doing really well and then they lost Flozell and the Oline has just not been the same. They're one of a few teams that has a nice option at TE and they're just not using him like they should, IMO. Glenn and Keyshawn are healthy and while some don't think much of them... they have the ability to do well.

The defense has improved with each week and oddly enough, that could be the story of the game on both sides this week... defense.

I think we'll see a 16-13 type of score.

Bob Dole
12-09-2005, 07:36 AM
Dallas was doing really well and then they lost Flozell and the Oline has just not been the same. They're one of a few teams that has a nice option at TE and they're just not using him like they should, IMO.

There's an op-ed piece out there from this week that says essentially the same thing and quotes Parcell's saying something about not wanting a "pretty boy" tight end and calling Gonzo an H-back.

edit to add the link: http://www.cowboysplus.com/topstorync/stories/120905cpmosley.d6c587c.html

Undertaker #59
12-09-2005, 08:12 AM
Bledsoe has ALWAYS had these problems. You'd think by now he would have learned something. I swear, he has had no growth as a QB since 1996.

12-09-2005, 10:41 AM
You must be crazy mile high. While I do agree with the 13 score by the cowgirls, there is no way they hold our offense to 16. We will have 16 by halftime

Hammock Parties
12-09-2005, 10:42 AM
Their run D really is quite good. This might be the end of the streak for LJ.

Defense and Green better step up.

12-09-2005, 10:48 AM
Yeah, Yeah, thats what they said about Dungver too. Our boy LJ just put up 140 on the number one rush defense, and dropped them to 3rd in the process. Priests team record is going down this week

12-09-2005, 10:54 AM
Here's a few tidbits from Hector and Victor fantasy projections at ESPN:

Bledsoe: As always, is capable of big plays--and bigger blunders

Bledsoe is hurt by poor mobility and an offensive line that has serious protection issues, and his aging receivers lack the explosiveness to separate from coverage quickly if Kansas City leaves its cornerbacks in single coverage to blitz. Still, TE Jason Witten has an excellent matchup advantage, and the likely return of WR Patrick Crayton gives Dallas another weapon. And Bledsoe still has the rifle arm to burn the Chiefs if one of his receivers gets behind a slow K.C. corner

Dallas D: Saddled with awful matchup, this unit is no help

Dallas is deep but too one-dimensional up front, and injuries among the back seven are taking a toll. A dynamic offense like Kansas City's can exploit the Cowboys' substitution patterns with pre-snap adjustments and no-huddle, and QB Trent Green is savvy and accurate enough to take advantage of favorable matchups, especially when the Cowboys' blitzing creates single coverage on the perimeter. A rough matchup for this bunch.

Trent Green: Will have plenty of juicy matchups to play with

Kansas City is finding a rhythm on offense, the offensive line is healthy again, and Green is taking advantage of defenses geared up to stop the run on first down. Dallas gets good pass rushing out of NT La'Roi Glover and run-stuffing ability from NT Jason Ferguson, but a savvy quarterback like Green who has the authority to change plays at the line can exploit their one-dimensionality. And because Green sells his play fakes, the Cowboys are so aggressive and CB Anthony Henry still is hurt, Green should get more big-play chances than usual.

LJ: Is there any D that can hold him below century mark?

Dallas has been tough against the run this season, but the Cowboys lack size and versatility among their base 3-4 personnel and few offensive lines open more holes than Kansas City's. Especially if the Chiefs can catch undersized NT La'Roi Glover and DE Greg Ellis on the field together in a three-man front, the powerful Johnson can beat a path to the second level and exploit Dallas' mediocre linebackers. For the same reason, Johnson figures to be dangerous as a receiver.

Chiefs' D: Hardly a great unit, but matchup makes it worth a look

This remains a defense with too many holes and too few playmakers, particularly in the secondary. But Kansas City is playing with better discipline and more aggressiveness in coordinator Gunther Cunningham's second season since returning to the team, and Dallas's offense has three enormous problems: 1) an inability to create running lanes against eight-man fronts; 2) inexperience and a lack of agility at tackle, particularly on the left side; and 3) QB Drew Bledsoe's poor mobility and tendency to hold the ball too long. The Chiefs might give up a few plays while taking some risks, but the payoffs should be sack and takeaway chances.

12-09-2005, 11:01 AM

Hammock Parties
12-09-2005, 11:10 AM
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12-09-2005, 11:46 AM
LJ: Is there any D that can hold him below century mark?

Dallas has been tough against the run this season,

or not. Dallas is an 8th worst in the NFL 4.2 rush yards per attempt this year.

Rain Man
12-09-2005, 11:55 AM
In gochiefs' video, I have to chuckle at Warfield cheering for himself after that sack while the fumble rolls away.

12-09-2005, 12:27 PM
Look, it's a case of pick your poison and if we execute we're going to roll the Cowboys. Only way for them to stop LJ is to bring Roy Williams up...which leaves our receivers in more space against two CBs who are hobbled.

If we have even a little success running the ball this game is going to be over by halftime...provided, of course, that the defense doesn't lay an egg.

12-09-2005, 01:58 PM
I remember that game-we kicked the Bills ass. I think the Cowgirls have a very similar team-same sucky, concrete shoes QB, good D, and finally Dallas will be getting their ass kicked the same way.

12-09-2005, 03:01 PM
In gochiefs' video, I have to chuckle at Warfield cheering for himself after that sack while the fumble rolls away.
That hit was, shall we say, intoxicating?