Fact: During Jason Garrett’s three full seasons as head coach, the Dallas Cowboys have steadily declined on defense. They ranked 14th defensively in 2011, 16th in 2012 and 32nd last season. The shallow mind may look at that and say: 1. Our defense blows. 2. We can't stop anyone. 3. There's no leadership on the defensive side of the ball. 4. We lack any semblance of talent to truly compete. Let's delve a little deeper... One of the basic building blocks of a successful team is a solid offensive attack that consists of a mixture of creative passing along with some invigorating down your throat running. Practically every "pass first" offense has utilized the run successfully to compliment the passing game and "manage the clock". Last year it was the Seahawks that utilized "Beastmode" consistently throughout the year to compliment the pass and manage the clock. Their unwavering reliance on a balanced attack led to a largely unknown defense taking the field regularly in position to succeed. It may sound a bit strange to you but there's more to successful offense than just scoring. If you score too fast it can sometimes be the equivalent to a 3 & out. I would be much more content with an offense that utilized 20 opportunities per game to log 28 points than one that utilized 30 opportunities to do the same. Ball control is a cornerstone to a successful venture. I harken back to Seattle once again because they mix in the run with great regularity. So what happens when you have a nice mix of run/pass? Garrett are you listening? 1. The opposing defense remains off balance and ON the field which keeps our defense OFF the field and rested. 2. All 11 offensive players are primed and ready to do damage when breaking the huddle... Believe it or not, offensive linemen prefer firing out and putting someone on their back over pass pro all day everyday. 3. Your defense remains fresh and ready to produce stops. It all evens out when you utilize balance in the offensive scheme. So why is it that after three years we are still searching for that balance on offense. We are wasting Demarco Murray's prime very much like we wasted the prime years of players like Witten and Ware. The issues are systemic yet we are to believe that a little tweak here or there on the coaching staff is the answer. Hmmmm. I'll gladly wait and see on that one. I have seen it plenty of times in the last few years. The only real way to achieve balance on offense and allow the run game to finally become the meaningful part of the strategy that it should have been all along is to keep Garrett as far away from the offensive game planners as humanly possible. As a matter of fact, if the offensive brain trust is strategizing on one side of the field in practice, I want Garrett on the opposite sideline. Reduce him to a rah rah coach and let's get on with truly improving our ability to place our defense in positions to be successful when they takes the field.