The lack of creativity is highlighted by the straightforward nature of Garrett’s calls; we see few playaction passes, screens, double-moves, counters, and other types of plays designed to trick the defense. Instead, there’s a see-if-you-can-stop-us mentality on offense that, more often than not, ends up benefiting the opponent.
In a game in which I thought Garrett might spread the field and really open up the offense, we saw more of the same old Cowboys offense on Sunday night. Tony Romo threw just two playaction passes—both completed for 19 total yards. On the season, the Cowboys have completed 79.2 percent of their 26 playaction passes. They’ve totaled 11.5 YPA and a 107.8 passer rating on playaction looks, allowing zero sacks in the process.
One of Garrett’s playaction pass calls was a screen to Miles Austin—just the 12th screen pass all season. Only seven screen passes have gone to running backs. When the lack of downfield passing attempts shows Garrett doesn’t have confidence in the pass protection ability of his offense line, you’d expect more than one true screen per game from the offense.