Imagine that. It’s the linebacking core again.
Every week they’re a candidate for the Dawg House in some form, and chances are–they will be next week. I don’t think anything has to be said about how terrible their performance was on Sunday.
Witten’s performance did all of the talking.
The first mistake was by Collins on the first touchdown, but he was expecting safety help, and he’s still learning the playbook.
As a whole, they weren’t able to get through any gaps to pressure Dak Prescott. It was due to the Cowboys dominant offensive line pushing the Browns defensive line back 30 yards off the ball. It made it easier for Prescott to dissect the defense.
But all season long, this core has been atrocious. I’ve mentioned previously, I’m not going to be as tough on Emmanuel Ogbah and Joe Schobert since their Rookies and still learning, but Demario Davis and Christian Kirksey have no excuse.
Any linebacker can make tackles on opposing running backs or receivers 10 yards down the field. The great ones stop them at the line of scrimmage. They also know when to contain, and when to drop into coverage.
They can read the mind of the quarterback strategically. This team is light years away from having a group that is capable of doing that.
There is no quick fix to any of this. All that can be done is to withstand the torment for a few more weeks.