Sunday’s game against the New York Giants was an amazing display of what this team is capable of doing and seemed to meet the expectations that were placed upon them prior to this season.
However, where was this display of firepower from the offense prior to this game? Jason Garrett led an offense, under Wade Phillips tenure, that possessed the same position players that dominated the 1st place NFC East New York Giants defense on Sunday.
Wade’s focus was primarily on the defensive side of the ball, so why the offensive explosion now…Especially with a backup QB?
I doubt that Wade handcuffed Jason’s offensive play calling, an offense that at times was inept and actually rather “offensive”. It was amazing to see the Cowboys exploit weaknesses and take chances when the situation presented itself. It’s as if the offense took on a whole new look and presence about them. I know Jason is being credited with motivating the team in ways that Wade did not, but the offense has been Jason’s “team” all along. I hope it’s something as simple as the players needing that focus from the top down and were waiting for that one person to take the helm.
I commend Jason on the changes that he has implementing throughout the team and that he is holding players accountable, plus the team also gets credit for responding. However, was this response a reflection of Jason’s motivational skills or that individual players saw the writing on the wall, that Wade isn’t going to be the last member of the team to be excused.
Jerry Jones made a statement when he fired Wade Phillips, so many players translated that into them playing for their jobs. My only concern with this mindset is that individuals playing for job security does not form the cohesiveness that is needed to build a championship team. This only builds an atmosphere of “playing not to make a mistake” attitude, which then leads to finger-pointing and playing the blame game when things don’t go as planned. Everyone enjoyed the big win against the 1st place Giants Sunday, fans included, but what will be the attitude when the road gets rough.
To steal an analogy we used in the Marines “Every plan seems great till the first round comes downrange”. I hope the team can find something to rally behind during the game and persevere when they face those inevitable obstacles.