Dak Prescott played arguably his best game of his career yesterday against the Minnesota Vikings at home. The Cowboys lost.
|28/46||397 Yds||3 TD||1 Int (hail mary)|
I don’t think it’s a question to anyone WHY the Cowboys lost. They had the ball with a chance to score a go ahead touchdown and decided to be conservative, and I don’t think it’s a question to anyone WHY the Cowboys were conservative. It was a classic Jason Garrett game:
- The offensive coaching staff put together a stubborn gameplan (again) and decided to run the ball 16 times for 39 yards (2.2 yards per attempt) on first down, despite the Vikings defense making it clear that they were going to stop the run.
- Dak had to continually try to bail the coaching staff out on 3rd and long, which he did successfully.
- The defense got gashed on the ground and in the air (again), once again due to their undisciplined with their gap integrity and poorly coached ball skills.
- The situational offense was poor, running the ball twice in a row on the second to last drive when Dak was in complete control of the game and Zeke was going no where the whole game.
- They lost, despite having the better roster and quarterback.
Because of games just like this, I ask myself over and over, week after week, why Jason Garrett is still employed by the Dallas Cowboys. If it isn’t because his team shows up unprepared against the Packers, forcing Dak to carry them back into the game, it’s because his team is losing to the TERRIBLE New York Jets who would eventually lose to the Miami Dolphins.
Mainly, though, I ask myself why Jason Garrett is the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys because these problems are a tale as old as time, or at least as old as Jason Garrett’s tenure in Dallas.
Tony Romo, despite what anyone says, was an all pro caliber quarterback. He won games DESPITE his awful supporting casts. If you don’t believe me, look at the Dallas Cowboys records between 2008 and 2015 when Tony Romo played and when he didn’t, you’ll get a great look at how the team absolutely fell apart when he was injured. The coaching was poor, the gameplans were conservative, the teams were undisciplined, his defense couldn’t buy him a turnover. It was a weekly display of a quarterback having to carry his team because of those circumstances.
Now, Dak Prescott is getting the same treatment. He is playing at an elite level, and still losing games. I could go down the list of all of the games the Cowboys should have won, but didn’t because of poor coaching. I could also go down the list of games the Cowboys did win, but shouldn’t have won, because of poor coaching. Instead, I will just reiterate what I have been saying for a long time. Jason Garrett caused Tony Romo to never win a superbowl, and as long as he remains the head coach, he will do the same with Dak Prescott.