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.
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.