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There was a lot of media chatter last week about playoff teams resting/playing starters. How do you think it worked out for Dallas yesterday against the Giants? Was playing most of the starters beneficial?
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This is a weird one because it’s definitely not what I would have done, but I actually think it was good for them. It’s easy to say that now since nobody got severely injured or anything, but when your QB says I want to play the whole game and the whole Locker room seems to vibe off him then it was probably the right call in the end. If I was coach, nobody important would have played. The risk tremendously outweighs the reward in my eyes but those dudes look at it differently and I kind of understand. It’s still hard for me to ignore the major risks at hand. Look at the Bears yesterday in a pretty much meaningless game losing their 2nd or 3rd WR Anthony Miller. It’s just hard to justify that risk for me personally but they did what they wanted to do and I kind of respect that.
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Few days late, but I always love playing the QB the entire final game of the year. I just think the timing aspect of football is too important to sit down. I saw the Colts sit Manning and the offense every week 17 and they were noticeably rusty 2 weeks later. If you're worried about criticism from fans and media you don't belong as a coach
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I knew Dak would want at least a quarter, or half. But as the second half started I was surprised i didn’t see Cooper Rush head out there. but I will say this, it means something to guys when your QB doesn’t just leave you out there as the second or third stringers. Not that the *win* mattered, but no shot you win that game without Dak giving everything, up until the last second. He built trust with his guys by refusing to leave them out there - and with a little luck avoiding injury, it worked out VERY well momentum-wise.
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How important will it be for Cowboys to contain Russell Wilson?
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Extremely. He’s having his best season of his 7 year nfl career. 35 td, his highest passer rtg, and they’ve got the best turnover differential in the league (+15). But he’s having this success because the Seahawks now have a running game. So you can chip away at that to try and slow Wilson down, too, but we all know he’s a threat until you get him on the ground
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Is this team grittier than the 2016 team? More humble, maybe? More adversity=better attitude?
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Lindsay brought up some great points, and I want to add that I thought it was interesting that Russell has ran the ball less this year. Obviously partially because he’s getting older, but he was running the ball way more at the beginning of the year this year before scaling way back as the season went on. When I watch Seattle play it always jumps out to me that they really save any designed runs with Russ for the 2nd half and they try setting it up with play fakes and things like that. The mobile QB has given the Cowboys issues this year, so that’s probably the biggest key to this game, finding a way to contain the Seattle running game both w their RBs and Qb
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Hey Ben. That’s an interesting thought. think about Dak’s surround cast on offense in 16. Fast forward two years and this team had zero identity. In training camp, we had no idea who this team even was. Any production you see this year has been authentically planted, watered and grown from the ground up. I wouldn’t say a better attitude but maybe more of a blue collar approach at the beginning of this season. These guys from the Fan were at training camp with me, would love to hear what they think about the progress from then to now.
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I think just the idea of not having a stable offensive line for a full season is difficult. I mean that whole group (which was the planned identity) has been in flux all year long. I kind of look at this year differently than 2016 though because that was a wild joyride that we could have never imagined. 2018 is 2017’s revenge. They know they should have been a playoff team last year but because of on and off field issues, they just didn’t win enough games to get in. The most pleasing things for me about this year that I think I will never forget is how Dak battled out of a tepid start. Amari helps obviously. Garrett, at least I believe, going back to having more of a say in the offense, and of course the defense quickly turning into what it’s become. All that being said, back in 2016 we only sort of knew it was Dak’s team, now we all for sure know that and everyone in the locker room believe in him too. That’s important.
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I’m pulling for these dudes, but all along my gut feeling this week is the Seahawks squeak by. My official prediction is Seattle 23 Dallas 20. What’s everybody else think?
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