I can't start threads so I'll just leave this here.
My point, would be this: In 2012, the Cowboys' would spend all week designing a game plan that they thought would best work against their opponents. Then, at game-time, they would find that their game plan was completely ineffective and scrap it. This would happen at halftime sometimes, 3rd Quarter other times, and even sometimes well before halftime. When they would scrap their game plan (a balanced attack with multiple personnel groupings and formations) and go exclusively to a 2-minute drill offense that was 100% shotgun and 100% 11 personnel, they would then find the ability to get yards and ultimately, points.
And that happened over and over and over in 2012. Especially at home. The following is a look at the amount of time the Cowboys had the ball with the lead in their 8 home games. The information is accurate and impossible to believe.
Opponent Time with the lead
Tampa Bay 17:58
[View Full Quote]New York 1:08
New Orleans 0:00
That is right. 36 minutes and 36 seconds the entire year. This is a team that fell behind early almost every single home game. Why? Because their game-plan week after week was not working.
If that doesn't prove it, I don't know what would. Admittedly, I am only providing data here and not solutions. But, look at that data. This year, the Cowboys found 47% of their snaps and 53% of their yards from just scrapping their plans and running the same 8 plays over and over again from their 2-minute/3rd Down offense.
This leads to bigger issues - such as being one of the easiest teams in the league to game plan against and also putting all of your success on your QB. So much for "Romo-Friendly". Now, it is "Romo only" and one of those years where you wonder what might have happened if he got hurt.
But, think about what this says. This says that all of that film breakdown and game planning all week was largely an exercise in futility. They keep coming back to the only thing they could do.
Six years in and this is the best we can manage.
"It demonstrates that the 2012 Cowboys had the 52nd best season in Cowboys history in running the football. Technically, they had the worst rushing season in Cowboys history on a per-game basis, but the 1960 Cowboys finish last due to a 12 game season. Had they 16 weeks, we are reasonably sure that the '60 Cowboys might have been able to find 217 more yards on the ground.
Think about that. Of all of the Cowboys teams ever, you might have just witnessed the single worst year of rushing the ball. Brutal on every level.
In fact, if you wish, the Cowboys seasons of running the football with Jason Garrett as the offensive architect rank 52nd, 35th, 37th, 20th, 42nd, and 40th in Cowboys history. That's right. His best season is only 20th best in the history of the franchise.
And before you tell me it is because the league has changed to a passing league, explain this: The New England Patriots (perhaps the most pass-first team in the NFL, right?) have run the ball 398 more times than the Cowboys in the Garrett-era. And as you can see, 398 represents an entire season of Garrett rushing attempts. I will repeat: the Patriots have run an entire year's worth of rushing plays more than Garrett in 6 seasons."