7. The coaching staff did well, credit where credit is due
There are many critics that target the Cowboy coaching staff. In reality, nobody really targets Dan Quinn, however, Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore are blasted all the time for game management and play-calling issues.
It wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t even good all game, but the second-half adjustments were done very well by McCarthy, Moore, and the offense. That’s not something that can be said in the past. After only being up 6-3 at the half, the offense really got itself going in the final two quarters, partially due to the play-calling.
There were some big moments where the game management really shined, including a third-and-long which was converted with a well-planned pitch to Zeke. Another huge moment was the fourth-and-4 the offense converted. The play call, getting the ball in CeeDee Lamb’s hands, was a smart way to capitalize on his momentum.
The defense called a great game as well, so Quinn deserves his flowers as usual. They had no trouble getting home, while also not allowing many big plays. Quinn has done a phenomenal job of utilizing his playmakers on defense, and it showed Monday night.