I can hear the nay-sayers already, “We told you so” they are saying. It seems many so-called fans are quite happy to see the Cowboys lose, just so that they can be right when they told us the team was not very good.
I think the game next week against the Giants will tell us what kind of team this really is.
The bulk of the blame for this loss is already being heaped on Garrett for his timeout that “iced” Dan Bailey. There is plenty of blame to go around this week, so Garrett will have to share it.
I expect the “Garrett needs to hire an Offensive Coordinator” argument to gets lots of play this week. What do you guys think?
Click on the link to read my thoughts on Garrett:
- Garrett’s biggest gaffe of the day was not the timeout he called before Bailey’s kick, it was the play before. With under a minute to play, the Boys were facing 3rd and 11; Romo completed a pass to Bryant at the Cardinals 32 for a 1st down. There was 25 seconds left on the clock; they still had two timeouts. Rather than call a timeout and try to pick a few more yards, Garrett allowed Romo to let the clock run down to 7 seconds before spiking it to stop the clock.
With a first down, 25 seconds to play, and 2 timeouts, Garrett was content to let Bailey try to kick a 48 yarder to win the game. I know Bailey has been money so far this season, but 48 yards on a field where people had been slipping all day?
- In the post-game interview, Garrett explained that he was worried about the potential for a negative play that would have made the kick longer. How is that for confidence in your offense?
- If they were content to just kick a field goal, then why spike the ball with 7 seconds left, as opposed to 2 or 3?
- Garrett continues to go to the shotgun with no RB on 3rd and 2 and 3rd and 3; he isn’t even trying to maintain the facade that he might run.
- The Cowboys seemed to be running the ball fairly effectively on the first 2 or 3 possessions, but Garrett abandoned the run for the most part after that.
- I have been arguing for weeks that the emergence of the DM Express had fundamentally changed Garrett’s game-plans and play-calling. I am less confident in that claim now. DeMarco and Felix combined for 18 carries; Romo threw 28 passes.
Writer’s clarification: Romo completed 28 passes on 42 attempts.
Click on the link to read the rest of my random thoughts about the offense.