Oct 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) misses a field goal in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Dallas Cowboys Oblivious To Game Clock Management

As precious seconds tick off, where is the Cowboy’s Offense sense of urgency?  Why can’t highly paid professional football players line up efficiently and on time?

October 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa (67), quarterback Tony Romo (9) and guard Nate Livings (71) change a play at the line of scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Anybody who has watched football for more than three weeks knows the game clock doesn’t stop after a pass completion, so why don’t the actual Cowboys players know this?  How many times over the last few years have we seen Cowboys QB, Tony Romo, after a play, try to organize his offense quickly for the next play, waving his hands wildly and spinning around in every direction as 10, then 20, then more seconds slip away as he finally spikes the ball or calls a time out in obvious frustration.

Chaos

It’s all too familiar, right down to the circus music.  What is wrong with these people?  This is Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett’s version of the ‘hurry-up offense’.  What a joke.  Imagine if the Cowboys tried to run the ‘no-huddle’.

In this particular game, playing the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium,  the Cowboys let 20 of the last 26 seconds remaining in the game tick away before Romo finally calls a time out.  20 seconds! In those 20 seconds, the Cowboys could’ve (needed to) spike the ball, run another play to try to get in better field goal range for kicker, Dan Bailey, who’s career long was 51 yards, which is where they were.  Then, depending on the result of that play, call their last time out, then kick the field goal at hopefully a more manageable distance.

It’s not rocket science.  It’s just basic, two minute drill, game management.  A few teams in the NFL are successfully using a ‘no huddle’ type of offense during extended parts of games now, not just in the two minute at the end of each half.  It’s a copycat league.  The Dallas Cowboys, as currently managed, cannot run a no huddle offense efficiently with any kind of quickness, which means, if that is the direction the league is going, we’re doomed.  Like riding horses in a car race.

My Points and Observations:

-When asked in pre-season what my concerns going into the season were, Garrett’s game management and the offensive line.

-Jason Witten is back!

-Our Dallas Cowboys got game, but still aren’t ready for prime time.

-We got the injury bug this year, possibly derailing a .500 season, let alone a playoff berth.

-Like Witten said after the game, there are no moral victories.  Still, I think we did establish that we’re no push overs.

-Hey, Where the heck is Cole Beasley?  You can’t tell me Romo couldn’t use a Wes Welker type player with this suspect offense.

-One last thing:  Remember when we used to win games like the one we played yesterday?

-Artie Cappello

 

 

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