A chat with Blogging the Boys

via i.cdn.turner.com

Man, I hate looking up at the Dallas Cowboys. For a lot of reasons. That, however, doesn't mean I will hide from my responsibility of bringing you perspective from the opposition. So, here is this week's chat with the esteemed leader of the Cowboys site, Blogging the Boys, Dave Halprin.

Me: Alittlebitofrolereversalafterthepastcoupleofseasons.HowimportantisthisSunday'sgamefortheCowboys,withyouguysoutfrontandseemingprettyassuredofaplayoffspot?

David Halprin: It'sveryimportant,wehaveastretchoftoughgamesahead,andwiththewaythingshavegonewrongbefore,we'renottakingaplayoffspotforgranted.WewanttowintheEast,andlosingonSundaycouldtieuswithPhillyandleaveyouguysjustoneout,withourtoughschedule,weneedwins,sotryingtogetoneonSundayishugelyimportant


Me: AreyousurprisedtoseetheGiantsat6-5,andreelingasbadlyastheyhavebeen?

David Halprin: I'msurprised,especiallyafterthewayyouguysstartedtheyear,youwereonarollthen...but,forfull disclosure Aaron at BTB predicted a tough season for the Giants in our NFC East Pre-season roundtable, so he's sohe'slookingliketheclairvoyantone,althoughhewaswayoffabouttheSkins.

Me: Irememberthat,andwekilledhimforit. So, ifyoucanputyourfingeronanythinginparticularwhatisdifferentabouttheCowboysthisseason?

David Halprin: Thedefensehasbecomeasolidcontributor,inpastyearstheywereupanddown,anddidn'tplaywellwhenweneededthemto,thisyear,withbetterandmoreexperiencedCBs,andtheadditionofKeith Brooking,it'sthesecond-rankedscoringdefenseintheleague,thathasreallyhelpedthisyear'steam.

Me: ItisinterestingtomethataswellastheCowboysaredoingIamstillreadingspeculationaboutWadePhillips''futureinDallas.Isheentrenchedforawhile,oristhatstillverymuchupintheair?

David Halprin: it'supintheairbecausehedoesn'thaveacontractbeyondthisyear.HisoriginaldealrunsoutaftertheseasonandJerryhasn'tmadeanofferforanextensionornewcontract.ThatleadseveryonetobelievethatWadeneedstoguidethisteamintotheplayoffsandwinsomegames,orhecouldbereplaced.

Me: WhatisthedealwiththeCowboyoffense?Someweeksgreat,otherweekspitiful.Which is therealoffense,andwhyhasitbeensoupanddown?

David Halprin: In truth,itwasonlydownforthetwo-week stretch against the Packers and Redskins, other than that we've been scoring points and moving the ball. In that two-week nadir, we did just about everything wrong. Romo wasn't as accurate as usual, the o-line gave upsacksandpressure,theWRsweren'tgettingseparation,andwecommittedstupidpenaltieswipingoutgoodplays.Itwasanabysmaltwo-weekstretch,otherthanthat,ouroffensehasplayedwell,exceptforsomeRomoturnoversearlyintheyear.

David Halprin: Asanoutsider,here'swhatI'veseenasproblemswiththeGiants.Letmeknowifyouagree/disagreeandwhy.First,thedefensivelineisnolongerthefearedlinethattheGiantsusedtodominateopponentsinthepast.


Me: Iagreewholeheartedlyonthat.Icangiveyouchapterandverseonthisone.OsiUmenyioraisnolongeragreatplayer.Heisanabysmalrundefender,andanoccasionalforceasapassrusher.Heoughtbeasituationalpassrusheratthispoint.JustinTuckhasbeenplayingwithonearmallseason(thanksalot,Flozell,youblankety blank dirty blankety blank).Thedefensivetackleshavenotbeengood.FredRobbinsandRockyBernardaregettingold,BarryCofieldisn'tthatgoodandyouroldfriendChrisCantyhashadzeroimpactsincehemissedmostoftheseasonwithleginjuries.

David Halprin: Also,itlookslikeyouguyshavetheproblemtheCowboyshadinthepastfewseasons,safetieswhocan'tcover?True?


Me: Yep.ThelossofKenny Phillips(anarthritickneewhichmayendhiscareer)hasbeendevastating.C.C. Brownhasbeenterrible,wecallhimeither'Bad,Bad'or'Can'tCover.'Michael Johnsonhasbeenadequateatbest,andheneverwasacoverguy.Aaron RouseisaguywhowascutbythePackers,andhemightactuallybethebestofthebunch.AndAaron Ross,transitioningfromcorner,justgotbackaftermissingthefirstninegameswithahamstring.So,no,thesafetiescan'tcover.OtherthanMichael Boley,neithercanthelinebackers.Youcouldprobablycomplete50passesSundayevenifallyoudoissendJason Wittenoutandleaveeveryoneelseintoblock.

David Halprin: Believeme,Iknowthatfeelingfromseasonspast.OK,Brandon Jacobsjustdoesn'tlooklikethesameback.Isittheo-line,lingeringinjury,orishejusthavingabadyear?Andwhat'sthestatusonAhmad Bradshaw?


Me: Ahh,thatistheotherquestion.MostoftheGiantsproblemsareondefense-- theyarestillgenerallyscoringenoughpoints.But,wherehasthevauntedGiantsrunninggamegone? Itisacombinationofthings,Ithink.Ididapostonittheotherday-- http://www.bigblueview.com/2009/11/29/1175876/run-giants-run-or-why-cant-the -- andyourfolksshouldreaditiftheyreallywanttoknow.But,it'slikethis.Theoffensivelinehasdefinitelynotplayeduptoitsusualstandards.Jacobsappearsnotberunningwithquitethesameabandon-- anditismybeliefthatthestrugglesofthelinesimplyhavehiminastateofmindwherehedoesn'ttrustthattheholewillbethere.Thirdly,theGiantshavebeengivingupontheruntooquickly.Thepercentageofpassestheythrowismuchhigherthanlastseason,particularlyinthelastsixgames.

David Halprin: What'stheEliupdate?Wheredothingsstandwithhisfoot?Hasitaffectedhisperformance?

Me: Anothergreatquestion.Hesayshe'sfine,itdoesn'taffecthim,hecanpractice,hecanmakeallthethrows,yadda,yadda.Bunk!Therewasathree-gamestretchafterheinitiallygothurtwherehewasn'tgood,andhecansaywhathewants,thefoothadtobeaproblem.Thelastcoupleofweekshehasthrowntheballwell.Asforhowitwillaffecthimgoingforward,whoknows?Rightnow,though,Eliisnotaproblem.IftheotherareasoftheGiantswereplayingaswellashehasmostofthetime, the Giantswouldnotbeinthispredicament.

David Halprin: OK,finalquery- howconfidentareyouthattheGiantscanturntheseasonaround, startingwithawinonSunday?Istherehope,oronlydespair?


Me: Well,thereishope.Becausethemathsaysthereishope,notbecausetheGiantshaveshownanythingonthefieldthatwouldgivehope.Geez,theywouldhavelostsixstraightiftheyhadnotwontheovertimecoinflipagainstAtlanta.IknowdarnwelltheFalconswouldhavescorediftheygottheballfirst.So,hopeyes.Confidence?Zero.AsIhavebeensayingtothefolksatBBV,goodteamsandgoodorganizations -- which the Giants are --occasionallyhavedownyears.Wemightjusthavetoacceptthatthiswillendupasoneofthem.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.

Join Big Blue View

You must be a member of Big Blue View to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Big Blue View. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker