This was an all-inclusive failure: head coach Fisher, coordinators Brian Schottenheimer
and Tim Walton, special teams coach John Fassel and of course the players.
The Cowboys stomped the Rams offensive line. I didn't buy into all of the talk about how it was some spectacular achievement to go through the first two weeks without allowing a sack. Because the line was still allowing pressure too often. But I didn't think the up-front battle would be so lopsided.
Schottenheimer orders up a lot of passes, but too many are dinky, harmless little lobs that put no stress on the defense.
A defense made tight end Jared Cook all but vanish from plain sight for the second consecutive week. Schottenheimer (a) found no ways to get Cook free; and (b) had nothing in the playbook to exploit the attention being paid to Cook. Double fail.
From what I can tell the Rams' most creative play on offense is the safe, bland, inconsequential check-it-down special.
The Rams don't stretch the field.
You can't do that if you can't stretch the OC's imagination.
Then again, it's pretty easy for the Dallas defense to tee off and go all Bob Lilly and Randy White when they don't have to worry about the Rams busting loose with the running game. It was essentially non-existent for the third consecutive week.
And it's difficult for Bradford to make connections downfield when Dallas pass rushers are throwing the QB's bodyguards to the ground and attacking him untouched. Bradford took a beating Sunday, giving the anti-Bradford loons something to smile about if nothing else. Bradford quickly defaulted to the Checkdown Sam mode.
Schottenheimer has displayed no acumen in finding ways to get the speedy Tavon Austin out in space, where he can make plays. Schottenheimer keeps calling the same play for Austin, a predictable teeny pass in the flat. Opposing defensive coaches look at the tape, so they know it's coming ... which is why it seems like 62 tacklers are waiting to bury Austin every time. And yet the Rams keep going back to this worthless play, inexplicably believing that they're onto something magical here.
And of course, the coaches didn't go to a no-huddle offense until a few minutes into the fourth quarter, long after this game had deteriorated into a rout. By then, the Cowboy-boot stomping was already over.
I don't understand this. The no-huddle has enlivened the Rams offense, and this group was sleepy on Sunday ... so why not amp it up, go at a faster tempo to generate some energy and give yourself a chance to slow the Cowboys' manic pass rushers down? It makes no sense.