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Wednesday, September 21, 2005 

Coaching Matters

At least Bill Parcells can look forward to a trip to San Francisco. His Cowboys spent 55 minutes building and protecting a 13-0 lead against the Redskins Monday night, then gave up 2 touchdowns in 71 seconds on a pair of TD passes from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss. The winning score came on a 70 yard bomb with 2:35 remaining, and Dallas couldn't even get into field goal range after that.

Jim Haslett didn't exactly cover himself with glory in the Saints 27-10 loss in New York. Why would you try a reverse on the opening kickoff? On such an emotional night, just play it straight and hope your team can overcome the atmosphere. Instead, the Giants were able to grab an early 7-0 lead, and the Saints ended up with 6 turnovers on the night, including 3 Aaron Brooks interceptions.

And on Sunday, the Vikings must have wondered why they didn't fire Mike Tice already. Minnesota isn't just losing - they are getting crushed, outscored 61-21 by two teams not known for their offense, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. The turnover ratio tells most of the story, as Minnesota is -10 (8 INTs, 4 fumbles; 2 INTs forced), but their offensive game planning has been awful. Their 21 points include an 88 yard interception return against Tampa Bay, so the offense had scored just 2 field goals before Culpepper scored on a 5 yard run with 3:17 left on Sunday. That's nearly 117 minutes without a offensive TD.

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