August 29, 2009 — Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
This week’s preseason game wasn’t particularly exciting, so I’ll try to keep this brief. For the most part, the game was slow moving and somewhat dull, but it had its moments.
* The first team offense looked good once again. Tony Romo led the team on a 14-play, 94-yard drive in the second quarter that was capped off with a three yard touchdown run by Felix Jones.
* However, penalties were a problem again. In the first quarter, a 49-yard Nick Folk field goal was wiped off due to a Cory Procter holding penalty. Overall, the Cowboys had eight penalties for 78 yards. That shit has got to stop.
* Felix Jones is a bad ass. He was one ankle tackle away from breaking a 91-yard touchdown run early in the game. And what might be even more impressive is his toughness around the goal line. For the second week in a row, he powered a touchdown in from close range. Jones combined with the strength of Barber should make the Cowboys a force to be reckoned when they get close to the end zone.
* Terence Newman had a spectacular 43-yard punt return that he almost broke all the way. Newman needs to be the full-time punt returner, but I can understand the coach’s hesitance to do so because of all of Newman’s injury problems in the past.
* Isiah Stanback meet Kevin Ogletree. He’s the guy who just took your job. Enjoy your unemployment.
* The teams combined to punt 10 times. Not one punt came anywhere near hitting the massive jumbotron over the field, which further proves the point that the only way to hit the thing is if you’re trying to. Now all you naysayers can shut the eff up. I think most of your boo-hooing comes from the fact that our jumbotron probably cost more than the piece of shit stadium that you have to watch games in.
* A note to all offensive coordinators around the league: the Wildcat offense is fugging useless. It’s the acid-washed jeans of NFL offenses. It worked a couple of times last year only because nobody expected to see such utter retardation on a professional football field. Taking out your quarterback, who is the leader of the offense, the guy everyone looks to and the person who knows where everyone is supposed to be, and replacing him with a second string running back or third string wide receiver is the definition of special needs. Trying to church up the quarterback position doesn’t work. If you need evidence, just look at the Kordell Stewart, Vince Young and Michael Vick experiments.
*Follow the jump for a couple of new photos from JerryWorld.