Poor Scoring Offense: Garrett or Cowboys players? By dcfanatic, January 24, 2010 6:39 am Just like last season there are a lot of fans who don't want Jason Garrett back as the Cowboys Offensive Coordinator. The Cowboys offense finished second in the NFL as far as yards go by averaging 399 yards a game, but when it came to points they finished fourteenth in the NFL by only scoring 22.6 points a game. That's just not good enough. If an offense is going to march up and down the field all day they have to score at last 6 more points a game which would put them in the top five. Is it Jason Garrett's fault for sending in bad plays for the situation at hand or is it the fault of the Cowboy's players for not executing the plays sent in by Garrett? Here's Newy Scruggs and Richie Whitt on 105.3 The Fan talking about play calling and Jason Garrett with Babe Laufenberg... Babe on The Fan with Newy and Richie On one hand Babe does make some good points about the weapons. But on the other hand I think there were more than enough times when a play was run and the fans were left scratching their head at the play call, not the execution of the play itself. The knock on Garrett about getting 'too cute' at times seems to be the most common criticism. He seems to forget that when it really comes down to it football is about blocking and tackling. Making it rocket science too often is just a waste of time and energy. Do the players get a pass? Of course not. There were plenty of times they screwed up a great play call during the season. This is how I feel about blaming the coaches vs the players. Because the players are using their mental and physical tools there are more variables in place that can let them down. For the coaches it's only mental and their decision making has to be on point more often than not on a game to game basis. Garrett has only been an Offensive Coordinator for three seasons now and it's not like he's not shown some signs of greatness in doing his job. It's the times that he looks over matched or stubborn when the fans despise him. Back to the topic of play calling which the guys were talking about. I think it comes down to situational play calling being the real determining factor of whether or not it's overrated or not. The answer is no it's not overrated. When you get inside the 'Red Zone' you have to get the ball into the End Zone. This is when I feel play selection is the most important thing in the world. In the blink of an eye the Offensive Coordinator is either the hero or the goat. Right now Garrett is just passing in that area, but he's nowhere near the head of the class. The Cowboys Red Zone offense went from scoring 59.1% of the time in 2008 to only scoring 50.9% of the time in 2009. And like I said earlier the coach is going to take more blame because he has less variables going against him. Bottom line is that Jason Garrett has to do a more effecient job of finding ways to get this offense into the End Zone by using better play selection when the Cowboys get into the Red Zone.