Originally Posted by kojak
I didn't use Glenn as an excuse during the regular season run to 13-3. I said it turned out to be a mistake to start him against the Giants because he was pretty much done career wise. Austin or Hurd would have been a better option. But we don't know who made that call. My guess is it came from the top.
Can't argue the rest because it's all basically true. The Giants were on a roll and we didn't take them serious.
You mentioned some forget that both Owens and Glenn weren't 100 percent for the playoff game against the Giants. I just wanted to make it clear that the Cowboys did just fine that season without Glenn. Against the Giants in the playoffs the Cowboys went against a lot of what made them a 13-3 team during the regular season. They gave Barber and Glenn their first starts and didn't attack down the field. They played right into the hands of the Giants who must have been licking their chops after being dissected by Romo twice during the regular season.
One of the main reasons the Giants turned it around in 07 was Eli stopped turning the ball over once the playoffs started. He had 27 turnovers during the regular season and only ONE during 3 playoff games and the SB. The game plan the Cowboys had during the playoffs enabled Eli to manage the game never having to take shots down the field. He only had to attempt 18 passes and completed 12 of them for a mere 163 yards.
In the two regular season games the Cowboys and Romo went on the attack forcing Eli into 75 passing attempts which resulted in 6 sacks and 3 turnovers. The Cowboys were averaging around 32 points for the first 12 games that season then dropped off to around 14 points per game during the final 4 games. The team went from possibly the most explosive offense in franchise history in which Romo was on pace for over 40 TD's to virtually punchless by the time the playoffs arrived. From week 9 of that season until week 14 Romo never had a passer rating lower than 102.1. During that 6 game stretch he tossed 19 TD's compared to 5 ints.
In the final 3 regular season games and playoff game his passer ratings fell to 22.2, 81.2, 34.9 and 64.7. During that 4 game stretch he tossed only 2 TD's and had 6 int's. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that Romo's Dec swoon that season and the Giants improving pass rush caused the Cowboys to completely change their game plan against them during the playoffs. Had Romo's game not fallen off the Cowboys would gone right at the Giants the same way they did during the regular season but Garrett didn't trust Romo.
When Romo goes into a turnover funk Garrett tries reducing his passing attempts and starts focusing more on the running game which results in fewer points. With all the turnovers Romo has had this season we're seeing virtually the same conservative approach by Garrett now and it's resulted in the Cowboys scoring under 20 points in 5 of their 9 games this season.