Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 12/12/11

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Cowboys have begun their annual meltdown and Bill Barnwell is looking for the scapegoat.  I agree with most of his assessments except (and I never thought I'd say this) blaming Tony Romo for the loss.  Romo gave up a horrific safety and missed Miles Austin once but other than that had a pretty good game.  In the end however the Cowboys lost because they couldn't stop anyone.  So I say Barnwell's estimate for the loud but hardly effective Rob Ryan is a tad low:

Rob Ryan (15 percent): Ryan's defense did one thing well: stop the Giants in short yardage. That's the only thing that kept the Cowboys in the game, since their defense was otherwise awful. It's hard to give up 38 points and really look good, but the Giants left additional points and opportunities on the field with big drops. It felt like the play-calling blitzed at the wrong times and dropped into coverage when a rush was needed, and just like the Giants, a quick substitution by the Cowboys on defense created a blown assignment for an easy touchdown pass. The scheme Ryan employed also placed a disproportionate amount of pressure on an overmatched Sean Lee (interception aside) and the defense's two most disappointing players …

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