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With the Cowboys still coming back from the bye week, we take a quick look at grading the first four games we've seen in this season of 16. We will try our best to not continue to let the bad taste left by the Chicago Bears impact our decisions. The goal is to evaluate evenly both victories and both losses. Let us know how you think we did and what you'd change in the comments and on Facebook! Quarterback: B- Many of you are going to think that this grade is too high. It may be, but we just can't put the struggles of this team on Tony Romo. We can only imagine the types of dreams that Romo has at night. We imagine they go something like this: Big, mean, ferocious monsters chasing him endlessly, and then just when he is able to reach out for help, his helper slips away. That's exactly how his season has gone so far. The offensive-line and receivers need to take some of the blame for #9's struggles. The line hasn't blocked a soul since week 1 and seemingly every game a receiver makes a game-changing mistake. Of course, this is not to say Romo is not without fault. We've seen him miss a few passes that could've gone for big gains. He's also been back to his pressing ways when the Cowboys fall behind, which naturally give way to the inflated interception stats. On his own Romo would've gotten a C+, but the late touchdown by Kyle Orton in the Bears game gave the position a slight bump. Running Back: C+ Another case of a backup impacting the overall grade, this time for the negative. Demarco Murray still looks like the bruising workhorse that we saw last year. Problem is, the horse is stuck behind a wall made of mud and there's just nowhere for him to go. We've seen a few flashes of greatness, but also way too many negative plays on first and second downs. And then there was Felix. We actually saw the first nice burst by Felix up the middle on a draw play against Chicago, but that's far from enough to save him. Instead of long screens and nice returns, Felix is becoming known for drops and getting tackled at the 15 yard line. Don't be surprised to see Lance Dunbar start to take away touches from Felix Jones. Tight Ends: C If we're being honest, this grade should be lower. Jason Witten was simply terrible through the first three games, while James Hanna and John Phillips did little to make us forget about it. The grade's a C because you just know Witten will turn it around. He looked a lot more like his old Witten-y self against Chicago, and that's what we expect the rest of the season. If Witten's Chicago was an anomaly, then this unit may turn into one of the weakest units on the team. Wide Receivers: C Other than Miles Austin, yikes. Dez Bryant actually had his second 100+ yard receiving game against Chicago, but does anyone really care? If he doesn't turn it around quickly he may end up in the doghouse of Cowboys fans across the nation. Ogletree had a great week one against New York, but hasn't done much of note since, other than drop the pass that led to a Romo pick against Chicago in the red zone.  Luckily, Miles Austin is earning some of that money Jerry tossed at him. He has looked crisp, caught everything, and has been in a nice rhythm with Romo all season. As long as he stays healthy, it will be important to continue to increase his targets going forward. We've seen nothing from the likes of Beasley and Holmes; will they get a chance this season? What about Raymond Radway, the man who just got signed to the practice squad? Will he get a chance? Still plenty of questions with this unit, none bigger than the huge question mark hanging over #88's head.  Offensive Line: F Well you had to know this grade was coming, right? They've been terrible. Penalties. Sacks. Plays for loss. All have been major issues for the patch-work offensive line. Question is, how do you fix it? There's been talk of Derrick Dockery coming in and replacing newcomer Mackenzy Bernadeau, but would he really be the answer to our problems? Doubtful. The de-evolution of Doug Free continues to be one of the most mystifying developments of this team in recent years. He was due to become the cornerstone of this offensive line, and now he looks like he couldn't be the cornerstone of a six-year-olds sand castle. ' Coaching: D+ Hey, they're still 2-2. For all the faults and the mistakes and the mess ups, this team is still set up at 2-2. Now we're not ready to rain praise down on them. The team has often look flat, and save for the Giants game, unprepared. The coaching staff will need to do a better job of scheming to get Murray in a groove. If they can find that groove in the running game, everything else will return to form.  There's been constant chatter about Garrett giving up play-calling duties. While we don't see it happening, it would be interesting to see the result of such a move. It would take less pressure off of Jason Garrett, something he probably wouldn't mind right now. If this team doesn't compete for a playoff spot at the end of the season, we could see the end of the Garrett regime in Dallas.  Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.
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