DFW Sports MIX 09 27 12 by Don Arnick

Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Bill Parcells did some research, and came up with this nugget. The teams that start drives at or around their 20 yard line score touchdowns 16 percent of the time. Most of the drives started by the Cowboys this season was around the 20. Only once they started a drive on their 30. So if you want to know about why is it a uphill climb for the Cowboys to score touchdowns blame it on the starting position. And why is Jerry Jones still keeping Felix Jones around despite him fumbling the ball in Seattle, and coming into camp out of shape. Well, it’s that Razorback loyallity that keeps him around. Other players during training came were way better than Felix. Sometimes for the betterment of the team, you got to let go of that. Cowboys need to improve on the starting drive positioning, it is killing Tony Romo who is trying to engineer drives to get the Pokes on the board.
Raise your hand if watching the Dallas Cowboys offensive line is painful to watch? I guess that’s everyone in the room. Tony Romo has to do some creative dancing in the pocket because his o-line is not protecting him well. It’s a work in progress and I get that. But while the work to get better moves along, the percentages of Romo heading to the hospital is increasing with each sack. It was two years ago that in the game against the Giants, Tony suffered a broken collarbone. And the running game is suffering too with the bad o-line. DeMarco Murray is not getting the yards he needs to be successful. Despite the offensive woes, the Cowboys did manage to squeeze out a 16-10 win against Tampa Bay at Cowboys Stadium. Give the game ball to the Pokes defense. Held the Bucs to 133 total yards for the game. They say that a great defense can win you ball games; and a super bowl or two. I say a great defense helps, but a great overall team effort by all aspects of the game makes your Super Bowl chances of winning It’s early, but the Cowboys have a long way to go.
Switching to hockey, and the lockout. The only hockey event we can talk about is Mike Modano going to the US Hockey Hall of Fame. The induction will be at the Marriot City Center in Downtown Dallas. It will be on the Ice Rink, which will be cool…literaly. The event is close to selling out, get your tickets for the induction dinner online at ushockeyhalloffame.com. It’s the first time this event has been held in Dallas, and it will be history making. Be there.

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