Notes on Cowboys vs Dolphins
I posted two post-game articles today. The first, at NBC, has four post-game notes on the Cowboys.
Lance Dunbar appears to be the clear No. 2 running back.
Dunbar barely got any playing time, but he started the game ahead of Phillip Tanner and Joseph Randle. That’s probably a sign that the Cowboys are comfortable with Dunbar as their backup running back. At 191 lbs, Dunbar is undersized, but he’s the right choice for the job. There’s no single metric more strongly correlated with running back success than 40-yard dash time, and Dunbar’s sub-4.50 speed trumps both Tanner and Randle. I think we could actually see all three backs make the roster.
The second, at Dallas News, offers eight more observations.
7. DeVonte Holloman can fly.
His interception might have been a little fluky, but the speed Holloman showed in returning it for a touchdown was not. I’m not sure if he’ll earn a starting job this year, but a linebacker corps of Holloman, Sean Lee, and Bruce Carter might be the best coverage trio in the NFL.
8. Matt Johnson might really be injury-prone.
Most of you know that I think a lot of what people perceive as injury-proneness is an illusion. We’d certainly expect some players to be more susceptible to injuries than others, but since injuries are so random, it’s really difficult to determine if a player is truly injury-prone or just unlucky. Lots of players are labeled as injury-prone and then go on to lead healthy careers. It just takes a lot of injuries to say that a guy is really injury-prone and not the victim of bad luck.
Having said that, we have to start to question if Johnson is truly injury-prone. There have been a handful of injuries in a short period of time, and while it looks like he’ll bounce back from this one, it’s not a good sign that he’s again banged up for a Cowboys defense that was counting on him to provide significant contributions.