The Dallas Cowboys are set to lose $10 million against the cap over the next two years, while the Redskins are set to lose $36 million. According to ESPN:
During the pre-lockout 2010 season, the collective bargaining agreement expired and the league operated without a salary cap.
According to sources, the Cowboys and Redskins took immediate cap hits during the 2010 season that normally would have been spread out over the length of the contracts, giving them an advantage that other NFL owners found unfair.
Putting all biases aside, this is total B.S. The Cowboys and Redskins both took advantage of the uncapped season and reworked contracts accordingly. Now Goodell is punishing them retroactively for something they did that was not against the rules.
That being said, it makes me smile to see Dan Snyder get screwed out of $36 million in cap space right after he trades away draft picks that are more precious than ever after the latest CBA.
Dez Bryant Scores a Touchdown in the First Quarter
Here are my quick hits from the game:
- Cowboys definitely tried to establish the run early. 6 of the 9 plays on the Cowboys first drive were running plays. Even so, they were never able to establish a solid running game.
- Where is Dez Bryant? Again, he has no impact after the first quarter. I think he is the most talented player on the Cowboys roster, but he just disappears. (OK, I typed this before his big overtime catch to convert on 3rd down and get the Cowboys into field goal range)
- It never felt like the Cowboys were winning. Even when they were up by 10 in the first half, it always felt like they were behind. They just never seemed to be playing very well.
- Sean Lee continues to be a stud. He may not have had any game changing plays, but he led the team in tackles with 10.
- Sensabaugh also has a great game. Second on the team in tackles with 9, and had the big fumble recovery. He’s been better this year than I expected.
- Martellus Bennet had his best game of the season. 3 catches for 31 yards, the most receptions and yards he’s had in a game this season. At least the ball never went off of his facemask into a defender’s arms. What a disappointment.
- Have the Cowboys finally found themselves a kicker? Or is this another Nick Folk? Dan Bailey is now 25/26 for the season on field goals including a game winning 39 yarder in overtime today.
It wasn’t the best game the Cowboys have played, but right now I’ll take a W any way I can get it. I guess I have to pull for the Vince Young led Eagles tonight. Yay.
Here are my initial reactions to the game last night. I would have posted them last night, but I got a concussion when I was hit in the head by an errant snap from Phil Costa.
- Tony Romo has turned a corner. He may not have had the best line last night, but the adjustments he made and his ability to be a coach on the field were tremendous. I don’t think anyone can argue now that he isn’t a leader.
- Martellus Bennett has had enough chances. He can’t catch a ball over an undersized defender, and he continuously is called for untimely penalties. While it pains me as an Aggie to say this, it is time to replace him with John Phillips.
- Sean Lee is a player man. A nice interception, the game clinching fumble recovery, 8 tackles and 2 passes defended. 31 tackles on the season. Why didn’t he play more last year?
- The Cowboys have themselves a kicker. 6 made field goals for Bailey, and all of them were solid. Do they really need to continue carrying 2 kickers on the roster?
- The lack of depth is still a major concern on this team. I didn’t even know who half of the WRs were out there. And they didn’t know where to line up or where to go. I’ve never seen an NFL team look so lost just because their #1 WR was out.
- Jason Garrett. I really don’t have a comment for Garrett other than to say it is difficult to judge him on this one. I suppose the biggest criticism would be that he didn’t have the backups prepared, so it looked like an episode of Green Acres on offense.
- What the hell, Phil Costa? 4 premature snaps? I know he said the defense was barking out the calls, but doesn’t that always happen? He could have cost them the game if Romo wasn’t able to save his ass several times.
- Felix Jones looked like he might have found something after halftime. He made a few good cuts that I think he missed making in the 1st half and found some burst. I know the holes haven’t been there, but he has had some opportunities to make something out of nothing, and hasn’t been taking advantage of them.
While I’m happy my Dallas Cowboys got their victory, that was one of the ugliest games I’ve watched in a long time. Between the injuries on the Cowboys offense, the total discombobulation of the Cowboys wide receivers, and the 4 premature snaps by Costa, that was hard to watch.
I’ll leave you with this parting thought. What do you think a conversation between Jason Garrett and Rob Ryan sounds like?