Sanchez's troubling performance, Chiefs' savvy drafting, mail (cont.)
Now onto your e-mail:
BLAME THE TEAM, NOT ALEX BARRON. "While Alex Barron is obviously a goat for the Cowboys' loss, this was a team loss. You went into great detail about the end-of-the-first-half debacle for the 'Boys and this being a team blunder. But doesn't some responsibility for Barron's play lie with the coaches? Why didn't the coaches provide some sort of help for Barron on Brian Orakpo (who absolutely lit up the right side of the Cowboys O-line)? Especially on the last play of the game -- as a second-year player, you knew that Orakpo would have plenty of energy for one last push. With time no longer an issue and Romo's escape artist ability, surely having [Jason] Witten chip block Orakpo and then leak to the end zone was a viable option. All Barron's fault or just more of the disorganized Cowboys led by soon-to-be-former head coach Wade Philips?''
-- Greg Fuhrman, Fort Collins, Colo.
Agreed. Barron should have some help on that play. That's the coaches' fault. But when your first move is to reach up and grab a guy by the neck on the crucial snap of the game -- that's Barron's fault.
THIS ACTUALLY IS NOT A DUMB IDEA. "In all honesty, if I were Bill Polian, I would simply deactivate Bob Sanders for the rest of the regular season and save him for the playoffs. Highly unorthodox, obviously, but so is a player who is as dynamic as Sanders being hurt more often than he is healthy. He literally is never OK, let alone 100 percent. As the Colts have demonstrated the ability time and again to navigate the regular season and secure good playoff seeding without 21, why not just save him for when the games mean the most?''
-- Khary Louis, Brooklyn, N.Y.
I keep trying to think of reasons why this is a stupid idea. And I have come to the conclusion that I can't. It's at least an interesting idea to think about and discuss internally as an organization.
WHAT A CONCEPT! MMQB-TV. "Peter, loved the video of how you produce MMQB. I think each MMQB should include a video portion. Take a paragraph or two of your column and just talk to us, dude. Go for it.''
-- Frank Jones, Westborough, Mass.
Thanks. Now that SI.com has the idea from you, I'm sure I'll be hearing about it. We'll see.
THE TEXANS SHOULD BE HIGH AS KITES. "First, I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid just yet, but Houston talk radio has the Texans winning the division and finally bringing a playoff victory to a city that has been starved of one. Do you believe the Texans have what it takes this year? Second, regarding the Cowboys starting the most penalized tackle in the league, is there any chance they could sign Patriots holdout Logan Mankins? From what I understand, he's not signing any time soon, and is no longer under contract.''
-- Chad, Houston
The Patriots aren't trading Mankins -- I don't think, at least not until the mid-October trading deadline. Re: the Texans, they have a very manageable schedule pre-bye (at Washington, Dallas, at Oakland, Giants, Kansas City) and then 13 days to prepare for the second game against the Colts. They won't have any excuses about the schedule, that's for sure.
TOUGH NIGHT FOR DALLAS. "I'm a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, but Sunday was hard to watch. I did actually end up switching channels for a little bit. So what's up with the Cowboys?''
-- Aren, Omaha
A little overrated entering the season, hurting on the offensive line, and the coaches didn't have a good day Sunday. I'll tell you one thing: I have no idea what kind of game plan entering any Dallas game has Felix Jones running the ball eight times. That has to increase.
THE BETTIS CANDIDACY. "The NFL just released its list of HOF candidates. Jerome Bettis is up against a couple other stellar running backs, including Curtis Martin, who has more yards than Bettis. Do you think Bettis will be a first-round inductee or do you think he will have to wait like Cris Carter, who should have been inducted by now?''
-- Luca Covi, Bridgeville, Pa.
Good question. The problem for Bettis will be that he'll be up against two other backs with deserving resumes -- Marshall Faulk and Martin. That will work against all three; it could be that the 44 voters will deem one of them better than the other two, and vote one of them in, then address some of the other offensive guys, like Shannon Sharpe or Carter, as you say. It's way too early to predict what will happen on election day.
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