I know, I know, it's only preseason, but the Cowboys are 0-2 and got there jocks handed to them against the 49ers last weekend.
Should fans be concerned about the lackluster performance of America's team?
No, and I say that boldly. It's preseason, so 2nd, 3rd, and 4th string players are trying their best to impress the coaching staff to make the cut for the regular season. After watching some of these players play the other evening, one could wonder how some of them will make the team.
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This is the second preseason loss for Dallas, but let's take into consideration these things: Tony Romo only played one series and only threw one pass, Dez Bryant sat on the bench and didn't play at all, and Jason Witten wasn't involved on he field either. The new triplets were a non factor in either preseason loss.
3rd String QB
Dallas played Brandon Weeden starting in their second series, but Weeden left the game early on after a possible concussion. This placed the offense in third string quarterback Dustin Vaughn.
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Vaughn proceeded to throw 2 interceptions, one of which was a pick 6. This is why preseason is played, to get the guys out there and evaluated that don't get the opportunity during the regular season.
The running back situation for the Cowboys still has a huge question mark on it. Darren McFadden wasn't impressive with only 3 carries for 4 yards and Joseph Randle ran 7 times for 30 yards. At this point there is no clear cut starter and a committee approach is what looks like will happen as the season moves closer to its official start.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team didn't play well early, middle, or late in the game. He was quoted as saying "It wasn't very good on offense. It wasn't very good on defense. It wasn't very good in the kicking game. It wasn't good early, middle or late," he said. "It wasn't a very good performance at all."
Don't Sweat It
So, Cowboys fans, from me to you, I say don't sweat these losses. Look at last season for instance. Dallas went 0-4 in pressing and ended up winning the East with a 12-4 record. The starters will start to see more action in the remaining two preseason games, and once the regular season starts its game on.
The Cowboys are favored to win the East again, and they are in the top 5 picks to go to the big game, so no need to panic yet.