Is Dallas Cowboy’s Coach Jason Garrett Romo Friendly?

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Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrett during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Shouldn’t an offensive scheme take advantage of the particular QBs skill set?  Of course.  But many coaches believe that a scheme should be put in place and the pieces, or players, should be plug and play.  I get the feeling that Jason Garrett is one of those coaches.  I get the feeling that Garrett, from the beginning in Dallas, has put into play a scheme that is cerebral and pass heavy.  this most matches who Garrett seems to be.  Am I being too simplistic because he was a QB and went to Princeton? Probably.

Garrett’s offensive philosophy may have helped pad Tony Romo’s stats, but it doesn’t mean that it best uses Romo’s skills.  Maybe Garrett knows this already and determined long ago that to mitigate the down side of the gunslinging Romo, he had to put a more bus driver-ish (is that a word?) emphasis in place.  That would explain some things.  It is just as likely that he put scheme in place and has been trying to force Romo to conform to it regardless of how it matches up with his skills.  Maybe it’s a little bit of both.

Regardless, it is clear to the naked eye, if not the statistician, that something is off with the way the Cowboy’s execute their offense. Romo doesn’t always seem comfortable with it.  He’s not cut out to be a bus driver and I don’t think Jerry Jones gave him all that money to be one.  Maybe somebody should tell Jason Garrett.

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Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones, Tony Romo

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  • SharksBreath

    I saw a stat that showed who the best 1st qt and 1st half offenses were. 7 out of 8 of the playoff teams were in the top 10.

    The cowboys were ranked in the bottom 3rd. What does that show. Playoff teams come ready to play and usually hand their defense a lead.

    Jason Garrett’s plan to start a game are usually pretty bad.

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      Well, what about the year before last(2011) when they would come out hot and fade out in the 3rd and 4th quarters? Your logic is good for last season(2012) but doesn’t fit the season before when they fell apart in the 2nd half.

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    I have been saying awhile that they need to game plan around what their players do well and don’t do well. Look at what Harbaugh was able to do with Alex Smith or Shannahan was able to do when RG3 went down and Cousins came in, even Andy Reid with McNabb, Kolb, Vick, and even Foles. These guys are all able to make the game plans around the strengths/weaknesses of their players. Garrett has had the same game plan since he came into the league throwing who ever is playing into it whether they fit or not, which is why it is now so predictable. You have seen how smooth the offense runs in the 2 minute/no huddle and that is because Romo is able to call the plays that fit him! The only stat that is needed to explain Garrett is Redzone Touch Down %, something that has been severely lacking since Garrett took over.

  • ctcowboy1968

    JG is a lousy HC and motivator. The team comes out flat almost every week. As for his game plans, they suck. He is predictable. He can not adjust. It’s as if he isn’t watching the game. He tries the same play time and again when it hasn’t worked. He continues to throw the ball when Detroit is beaten allowing them back in the game, when he should be running the clock out. He runs the ball with no success against defenses that are weak against the pass. He used to pass the ball out to Dez repeatedly while he was standing on the line. That play never worked. A WR’s, especially Dez, strength is getting the ball when his feet are moving. It’s really not that difficult. Understand the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Adjust during the game. Don’t give up on the run (sometimes hard to do with our awful OL) and become one dimensional. Stop being an idiot and a process robot.
    Be aggressive. Don’t let the last minute of the game tick away. Forcing your kicker to hit 50+ yard FGs. Get those extra 10 yards for an easier kick. After all these years, he still can’t manage the clock. And he can’t call the next play until there is only 10 seconds left on the play clock. The plays come in to slowly, allowing the DL to know exactly when the ball is being hiked.

    • Pounda

      This is the Cowboys problem in a nutshell. Along with the fact they have a haphazard drafting strategy infatuated with wide receivers and injury-prone athletes.

  • billy

    i think mostly whats wrong with the offense is about half the time they cant get a play off because of a penalty or having to call time out because they have taken too long in getting off a play or dez cant run his route correctly. thank god ogletree is gone he couldnt run the routes either. it seems they can hardly ever execute the offense because of a missed block or some other thing. they seem almost totally disorganized or out of sync except when they run the hurry up offense. i dont know the answer and i guess neither does garrett.

  • Texas-Writer

    I agree with many of the comments about Garret seeming to be out of touch with the game. It never hurts to be a little unpredictable, but his odd choices are predictable. Why run a double-reverse when you need two yards and your running game is working? The bad play choices and the bad offensive line have left Tony running for his life all the time.

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