Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a gaming winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the game Minnesota Vikings at AT

Is The Dallas Cowboys Offense Too Stale?


During the off-season prior to the 2007 NFL season, Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones was looking for a successor to bring about great offensive change. He had lost former passing game coordinator Sean Payton to the New Orleans Saints and wanted someone who could bring that type of high-octane offense to his team. The solution was none other than former Cowboys quarterback Jason Garrett. Garrett, who at the time had never held the position of a coordinator before was hired on to be the next offensive coordinator for America’s Team. Hired before the head coach, for some unknown reason, Jerry loved Jason and envisioned him to be on the short-list to be a head coach of the Cowboys one day.

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reacts on the sideline during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reacts on the sideline during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The results from the start were impressive, piling up a 13-3 record and producing the 2nd best offense in the league, only the 2007 New England Patriots had more. Garrett turned Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to a superstar and the future was bright for the duo. Since then, nothing but mediocre offenses have been presented for the fans of the Cowboys.

Since 2007, the offense has been very unpredictable and very unproductive.  Though the Garrett led offenses have always been capable of putting up big yards, the points never seem to follow. The offense would rank near the top five for yards gained, but always feel in the middle for points scored. That’s not a recipe for success, especially when the other team gets touchdowns and the Cowboys get field goals.

Because of the lack of production in the red zone and scoring, the Cowboys stripped Garrett of play-calling duties and handed them over to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. The changed was made to make Garrett a “walk-around” head coach and Callahan can bring a fresh perspective to the offense.

The results this year have been largely the same. Aside for two games this year, the offense has become stale, unimaginative, and out of sorts. The new conservative approach with Romo has handcuffed the offense from its true potential and they still haven’t been innovative enough to get Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant the ball more.  With a defense that is giving up a historical amount of points and yards, the offense is needed now more than ever.

The bye-week came at a proper moment, as it could give time for some players to heal up and the coaches can re-evaluate how to conduct the offense.  There is still time for this offense to break out and break the expectations the fans had for it at the start of the season.

They better hurry up soon though, because if the offense continues to struggle, you can bet that Jerry is baking up plans to freshen up the offense. It’s a good bet that Garrett won’t be in that recipe.

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  • Jimmy D

    It’s week 11, we’re 5-5, have played awful offensively since the Denver game and now this article is written?
    The Arizona Cardinals with Carson Palmer & the Buffalo Bills with whatever qb they have starting week to week have better offensive fluidity than Dallas does. They’re problems are, they just turn the ball over more than we do.
    Callahan was an awful option for OC, I said it when it happened. He’s not the kind of coach who knows how to get the most out of his players. And it’s quite obvious, and I’m sure everyone was paying attention Sunday night, as between dez, Williams and Witten only had 1 catch for 8 yards at halftime. That is absolutely disgusting. And please, enough about Rob Ryan and his great defense. He lost a game the week before against a Jets team with Geno Smith at qb and couldn’t stop Chris ivory for God sakes. And yeah, the Jets defense is on a whole other level than ours. But to compare the Jets offense to ours is a joke.
    I’m tired of Callahan and Garrett running this team, they’re absolutely incompetent and are clueless. There isn’t a person on this planet who can tell me, even with how bad our defense is, that if this offense was being run by, insert anyone leading a division in football, wouldn’t be the top offense or second to drive) Denver in the league. Our defensive struggles while is absolutely part of the reason. But the fact that we can’t find ways to get the ball to dez, Williams, Beasley and Witten is unacceptable. And the delusional gm that is Jerry Jones, to come out this week and say, the coaches are safe, just goes to show you he has no desire in winning.

    • Cowboy4lfe

      Man U took the words rite out of my mouth,what they should do is fire monte,Callahan put Garrett back @ oc and put rod as dc and fire Lovie smith as head coach

      • Jimmy D

        I would actually be okay with that. I didn’t mind Garrett as OC. He always found ways for us to get the ball down field. We just couldn’t score in the red zone. But he absolutely had balance when he was the OC and knew the strengths & weaknesses of our offense. Marinelli, I love him to be our DC. That guy is asked, every week to get players who haven’t played in the NFL since 09 to do a job & he gets them to do something. And let’s be honest, could you imagine how good our front 4 should be if we had Spencer, Ratliff, Hatcher & ware? That’s ridiculous, our front 4 would be killing qb’s. Problem is, we never had that chance. & now, we have Kiffin running this garbage Tampa 2 which is terrible. He has us blitzing when we should be dropping back in coverage & dropping back in coverage when we should be blitzing.
        And as for lovie Smith, always been a fan of his. I think he would be a really good fit here. Guy flat out knows how to coach and is a leader & most important, a motivator. That’s the one thing Garrett is lacking as a HC, he’s not a great motivator for this team.
        Good choices, I like your ideas.