Todd Monken making people forget about Dana ... Who?

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 29, 2011

It looked like that, too.

Run a bunch. Pass a bunch. Mix 'em up.

Didn't matter.

Take the first of two fade-to-Blackmon touchdowns that Weeden threw. It was a fourth-and-1 play in the first half, and Monken sent in a running play. Weeden had every intention to hand it off, get the yard and move the chains.

“Eh,” he thought as he took the snap, “I think I'm just gonna throw it.”

He lofted one of those familiar fades into the corner of the end zone and connected with Justin Blackmon.

“We threw it,” Weeden said. “We got it.”

He shrugged.

“It was just that easy.”

The Cowboys are almost making this whole thing look a bit too easy. I mean, Weeden isn't being talked about as a Heisman Trophy contender despite having some of the best numbers in the nation and leading one of the few remaining undefeated teams. Part of that is the video-game, sure-looks-like-anyone-can-do-this nature of this offense.

But the truth is, the Cowboys start at zero every week just like everyone else.

That is something that Monken stresses.

“Like I tell the guys, you can't carry over points,” he said. “You can't carry over 70 points. You have to play well the next week. You can't take the average of what you have. You have to do it every week.

“We've done that.”

That is something that Monken is enjoying. He sees his players buying in. He watches them taking responsibility for their business on the field, not turning over the ball or committing penalties or making mistakes.

“That's the biggest thing — just the approach that they've taken,” he said. “When we have those good players, when you play good football, you're going to score points.”

Monken and his offense are doing just that, dominating defenses, winning games and making everyone in Cowboy Country forget that scruffy guy with his plays drawn up on a cocktail napkin.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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