News: ESPND: Jason Garrett stuck to plan of 8-12 plays

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Tim MacMahon |

    OXNARD, Calif. – There was no question in Jason Garrett’s mind that the starting offense needed to play a second series during the preseason opener.

    The decision he made was to put the starters back out there for a third series, even after tight end Jason Witten took a huge hit that the Cowboys later learned slightly lacerated his spleen.

    Even with a patchwork offensive line, Garrett wanted the starters on the field for eight to 12 plays. There was no wavering on that after the first series lasted five plays.

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  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Gotta say those were pretty ugly plays for the most part. :D
  3. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    Yep, the only decent one was the throw to Dez.
  4. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member

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    It's going to be very vanilla. We're not going to show the Giants anything.

    That's still no excuse for poor execution.

    AMERICAS_FAN Active Member

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    The defense was vanilla too. The slow start is alarming because this was one key area on offense the team wanted to turn around. So far not so good.
  6. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Not sure sending the team out there for the last drive was really worth meeting the minimum number of plays he had in mind.

    The OL was too unstable to stick to some pre-planned number that neglects what is actually happening.
  7. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I hate to hear that Witten was hurt, but I really don't blame him for wanting to get more of a look at the offense.
  8. Dave_in-NC

    Dave_in-NC Well-Known Member

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    Yeah because the Giants don't know the boys.
  9. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member

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    There are lot of questions going around the radio wave and forums on preseason game playing time.

    I think most here are aware of this, but if not.....

    The goal for most coaches is the let the 1st unit have at least some success before pulling them, but they have limits on how patient they'll be.

    If the 1st team takes the ball and drives it for a score in the first series (or if they at least have an extended drive) they may be done for the day.

    But if the 1st unit looks really bad, they may keep them in there until they reach the maximum number of allocated plays in hope that they have at least some success.

    Unless there's a very young (or fairly new) QB in the game, watch almost any preseason game and you'll see it handled this way.

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