Week #8 and yet the Dallas Cowboys leading scorer is kicker Dan Bailey. What? Yes, you heard that correctly, Dan Bailey leads the Dallas Cowboys in scoring and people wonder why the Cowboys are ranked close to last in the NFL on offense. Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach Jason Garrett seems satisfied strictly because we are winning games. Are you?
It’s apparent that Garrett is trying to stay positive in the public view on the offensive side of the ball and yes the Cowboys are winning half of their games at this point in the season, however, a little aggression would be nice to see on the offensive side of the ball. Once the Cowboys get within the 20 yard line you can almost see the conservative play calling come into affect. Conservation play calling is what has Dallas ranked at 24th in points scored in the league. It seems the Cowboys are quite content to go three and out in the red zone and leave it up to the foot of Bailey to come through, good thing Bailey is a good kicker!
Here’s the thing though, even if you get a bit more aggressive inside the red zone, going for it on 4th down, if you don’t succeed, it’s still as good as a punt. It’s just not as good as the almost always automatic 3 points that they usually get. Conservation play calling in moderation is not necessarily a bad thing but when a play caller cannot trust his quarterback and offense to make those kinds of plays while in the red zone you either have a coordinator problem or you have a quarterback problem or a combination of both. Even with the lack of talent the wide receivers have shown this season so far, this team needs to try and go for it on fourth down and stop being so predicable in the red zone. Once your team becomes predicable they are just going to be mediocre which is what the Cowboys have been for the first 7 games.
Conservation play calling and conservative defense won’t get the job done later today when the New York Giants, currently undefeated in Cowboys Stadium, come into town to get revenge for Week # 1. The Cowboys need to start and finish this game with aggressive scoring drives and touchdowns. As beloved as Dan Bailey has become to Cowboy fans everywhere, field goals won’t get this game done. It’s time for the Cowboys to get aggressive and stay aggressive especially inside the red zone.
However, with all the current injuries the Cowboys have sustained to their key players, the Cowboys will continue to be conservative on the offensive side of the ball and with that being said, the Giants will take this game and will be undefeated still in Cowboys Stadium.