Cowboys beat the Panthers in spite of poor coaching
At Dallas News, I gave numerous examples of Jason Garrett minimizing his team’s chances of winning on Sunday. The Cowboys really beat the Panthers in spite of their head coach.
The Cowboys left Carolina with a win, but that doesn’t mean that they deserved it. The offense was again completely stagnant, incapable of getting much going through the air or on the ground. Ultimately, Dallas was victorious in spite of the ultra-conservative play-calling from their head coach.
3rd and 9
With 3:39 left in the game, the Cowboys faced a 3rd and 9 at the Panthers’ 15-yard line. Down by one point, it seemed obvious that the Cowboys would attempt to put themselves in position for the go-ahead touchdown. Instead, Garrett called for a Phillip Tanner run right up the middle, inexplicably settling for a field goal attempt. There was just enough time left on the clock for Carolina to move down the field for the game-winning field goal, but not so much that the Cowboys could expect to get the ball back.
The decision ultimately worked out, but that doesn’t make it a good one. Over the past decade, the Cowboys have had 129 plays on 3rd and 9, passing on 88.4 percent of them. When they passed, the ‘Boys converted a first down 36.0 percent of the time—compared to 26.7 percent when they ran. Plus, the turnover percentage on the passes (6.1 percent) was lower than on the runs (13.3 percent). As the offensive coordinator of what could potentially be one of the league’s more explosive offenses, you have to trust your quarterback to make a good decision in that situation.
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