Thursday, October 30, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
Cowboys draw lots of local support
A couple or so “Scoreboards” back, it was alluded that the “coaching carousel” had already begun its annual grind. You all know that those stories are usually reserved to the end of the NFL season, after the Super Bowl has been played out as a result of the championships in the American and National conferences.
Now, week number eight has just concluded (save Monday night’s challenge between Washington and Dallas), and I still am being hit with questions every week on “Just how far are the Cowboys going this season?” I would more than love to say that I have your answer, but I don’t (imagine that!). We all know that in this corner of Mississippi (at least) we are deep in “Cowboy Country.” And their fan base has had good reason to revive itself with their recent play.
Heading up this week, the members of America’s team were leading the National Conference from the East (division), with a 6-1 mark. Just a short while ago, Dallas made the cadre of armchair quarterbacks really grab their arms a little tighter when the ’Boys defeated the defending champs Seahawks on October 12 at Seattle, no less. The Cowboys’ 30-23 win gave the Seahawks only their second defeat in their last 24 games. Cowboy kicker Dan Dailey became the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL when he tied the game 10-10 in the second quarter.
We have pointed out before that the Redskins are having major problems and are limping along at 2-5 this season. I can’t see redemption in Monday night’s contest (October 27).
I am not going to give away any future “Scoreboard” story lines, but as of this offering there is easily a half dozen head coaches who will be feeling the squeeze. Perhaps, the most tragic of these is Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons. Smith had led the Falcons to a remarkable turnaround, but the team had a poor showing in London (England) on Sunday against Detroit. Mind you, the Lions are not pikers at 6-2 (now), but the Falcons had them down 21-0 at halftime. They came back to win 22-21. The loss couldn’t be blamed on the weather.
We are not going to run a litany on “hot seat” coaches, but it suffices to say that a 2-5 record isn’t the worst. After all, there were a couple of 1-6s going into week number eight.
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