Originally Posted by jimnabby
Every drive starts with a first down play. Those plays are not listed in the first downs gained number that you cite.
You know, it's not hard to actually look up the numbers (although I admit it is easier to just make them up).
You want facts? Ok lets compare.
The Cowboys ran the ball on first down 12 times for a negative 8 yards.
On first down we passed the ball 12 times for a total of 67 yards. We had 4 incomplete passes and -3 in yardage passing. 67 yards divided into 12 is a little over 5 yards per. play.
5 yards average on 1st down is a lot better than negative yardage from us running it on 1st down you think? Not with Garrett. He had us trying to run the ball even when we were in the 4th quarter.
I'm for running the ball. But when you can get yardage out of it why didn't we try and pass? Why do we have to stick with our plan even though it wasn't working? And leading with the run did not work at all throughout the game.
If it weren't for the INT by Lee and that long punt return by Bryant we would have lost the game.
Sure there are other factors like the sacks, penalties, and turnovers that really hurt us. But the overall problem with our offense being predictable again. If we mixed it up a little more on 1st down I believe we could have scored more.
You don't try and run the ball as many times as we did on 1st down when its not working. Especially when you know that Tampa was torched by the Giants for over 500 yards.
Garrett's playcalling is too predictable and too vanilla. The whole scheme needs a makeover. If we don't fix it expect more low scoring games like the Bucs and Seattle game.