Is Jason Garrett holding back the Cowboys?
At Dallas Morning News, I questioned whether Jason Garrett is holding back the Cowboys from reaching their maximum potential. At this points, I think that’s obviously the case.
Sunday was the perfect chance to finally leverage an efficient running game into big plays via the passing game, but Garrett bypassed that opportunity. Tony Romo attempted just a single pass that traveled at least 20 yards in the air—2.8 percent of his passes on the day. On the season, I’ve counted 19 of Romo’s passes as traveling that far—10.2 percent of all throws.
And what about playaction? If there was ever a game that the Cowboys could use the run to draw defenders toward the line and get them out of position to defend the pass, it was this one. But Garrett called only three playaction passes on the entire day, and none after the early second quarter. Keep in mind that I’ve tracked Romo as completing 13 of his 16 playaction passes for 212 yards and a touchdown this season—good for a passer rating of 139.6.
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Also at DMN, I took a look at how Felix Jones might perform in DeMarco Murray’s absence. History is on his side.
In my opinion, Felix began his NFL career at such a blistering pace that there was no way for him to keep it up. He averaged 6.5 YPC on 146 carries through his first two seasons—efficiency that not even the game’s greatest running backs could come close to sustaining. The precipitous drop in production that we witnessed in Jones’ third season was more likely due to simple regression toward the mean than anything inherent to his game.
And since that “mediocre” 2010 year –one in which he totaled 1,250 total yards and 5.4 yards per touch while catching 48 of his 52 targets (92.3 percent)—the running back has been more efficient than you might think. On 148 carries since the start of last season, Jones has rushed for 4.6 YPC—well above the league average of 4.2.
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