News: Sturm: Decoding Garrett - Week 9 - Philadelphia

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  1. WoodysGirl

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

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    The Cowboys accomplished plenty of rare things on Sunday. One that jumps off the page is the fact that they scored a special teams TD, an interception TD, and a fumble TD all in the same quarter. According to Elias, that is the first time since San Francisco did it in 1966, so any stat that gives you over 40 years to consider you can understand how rare a feat it was.

    Of course, none of that mentioned the offense, because, well, the offense didn't have too much to puff out its chest about. The fact is, that if the special teams or defense would not have pitched in and assisted the effort on Sunday, we are a bit cynical in our belief that Dallas would have been able to stick that game in the win column.

    Regardless, they certainly did get a win, and that will be just the 5th time under the Garrett/Romo regime (2007-present) that they have won a game in which the offense did not generate 300 yards of offense.

    300 yards is a poor amount of yardage production in the NFL. Offenses in the NFL average 351 yards per game this season, which continues to demonstrate that this league is becoming more and more offensive. Yards are easier to accumulate than ever before, but the benchmark of 400 being a fantastic day of offense and 300 being extremely poor remains the same as it has for quite a while.

    Also, let's recall the idea that Bill Parcells used to spread during his press conferences when he was in Dallas. He often spoke of testing your offensive efficiency against the simple test of points per 100 yards. In his mind, every 100 yards should equate to 7 points on the scoreboard. If you get a Touchdown for each 100, then the target of a 400 yard day gets you 28 points. Primitive analysis, for sure, but you get the idea.

    There have been 4 different occasions this season where the offense never got out of its own way. At Seattle (296), vs Tampa Bay (297), at Carolina (312), and at Philadelphia (294). That is a season's worth of offensive stinkers in just 9 games. And that doesn't even account for the 2 games that were not sabotaged by yardage, but turnovers against the Giants and Bears.

    The offense is just not getting much done from any perspective, and it continues to fall at the feet of the offensive line. Without much ability to demonstrate decent run blocking aside from the Baltimore game and without much ability to hold up against a pass rush, you can certainly see how the play-calling is not a simple exercise these days.

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  2. Little Jr

    Little Jr Well-Known Member

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    It still amazes me when looking at the passing chart that we don't. Attack the middle of the field. I have never heard an explanation for it. I'm sure there has been one but I've never seen it.
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I really do not care about the yards, Turnover not less than 300 yard days have cost us games. On the season Dallas is 9th in the NFL with 372 yards a game moving the ball is not an issue turnover have been. If Garrett needs to pull in the reigns some to get these turnovers under control then fine by me, no one wins game based on how many yards you pick up but games can and often are determined by the turnover you commit
  4. Little Jr

    Little Jr Well-Known Member

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    I agree yds don't matter but points do and we don't score much either.
  5. Joe Realist

    Joe Realist No Kool-Aid here!

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    This is still an 8-8 team at best
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Guess we will play the rest of the games on the schedule and find out.
  7. Idgit

    Idgit If you food, you gonna be ate. Staff Member

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    Now I'm praying for 9-7, just so you end up being wrong.
  8. Dodger

    Dodger Indomitable

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    Okay...I found this to be very, very encouraging, and it's going to cause me to back off a bit on my criticism of Garrett.

    I've been wanting him to try something different to get the offense moving, paticularly the running game, and running the ball with Romo under center from 11 personnel is EXACTLY the kind of change this offense needed. And, of course, it looks like it's producing good results...for now anyway.

    Thank you, Jason. Keep it up.
  9. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    More defenders over the middle and when you have receivers that have a history of not running precise routes and blowing sight adjustments it leads to more INT.
  10. jimnabby

    jimnabby Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    This completely ignores the context of the game. Dallas accumulated 275 yards of offense in the first 3 quarters, a pace that would give 367 over a full game. But in the 4th quarter, the punt return TD and INT TD happened before they ever touched the ball. As a result, they didn't attempt any offense in the 4th quarter - Romo didn't throw a single pass and they just ran up the middle (for 19 total yards) and punted. I'm not suggesting they were the Greatest Show on Turf out there, but the yardage totals were perfectly respectable during the 3 quarters that the offense actually played.
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I've always like the 11 personnel set after watching the Bills run it for years as the "K-gun".

    The Cowboy's fullback hasn't been effective as a lead blocker, so get him off the field, spread out the defense with 3 WR's and you can still run the ball.
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Very good point.
  13. rickjameschinaclub

    rickjameschinaclub Benched

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    This also completely ignored the context of the game.

    This argument is predicated on the fact that they would have kept averaging the same amount of yardage per quarter. The first drive in the 3rd quarter they went backwards 4 yards and the next drive they netted 6 yards, for a whopping 2 yards of total offense until 4 minutes to go.

    And it was during this period of totally stagnant offense, a defining feature of Garrett, that Philadelphia actually took the lead and went up 17 pts.

    Then Romo had that miraculous drive like he normally does bailing out the pathetic play calling, where he essentially side-stepped potential sacks on that pass to Miles Austin, which ultimately ended in the TD to Dez Bryant i.e. once again Romo had to bail out this offense with his miraculous play. Let's not forget to mention that the play to Miles Austin was a 3rd and 5 and, meaning if it weren't for Romo, that would have been a 19 yard drive.

    What this essentially means is that in the 4th, your argument thinks they would have continued to 'net' yardage if they never got those TOs. And there is only one real indication which you assume they would and that is, Romo would once again do something miraculous.
  14. Bigdog24

    Bigdog24 Well-Known Member

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    Nothing new in this report....These Jason Garrett Cowboys are just chasing the dogs tail....going round and round in a circle..boring...It would be nice for Jason Garrett to be on the cutting edge..inventive and setting the standards instead of struggling to follow and keep up with latest trend......

    It would be nice to see the change instead the same Ol' Crap from 16 years of Jerry Jones Cowboy Koolaide.

    Maybe dye RED's hair BLUE and put a Silver star on the back of his head....Just give this team some HOPE, Confidence, MOTIVATION and PaZaaZ... Jimmy Johnson had Character....I think the HC needs Character for the team to follow and believe.......GO RED... dye your HEAD blue and learn to have some FUN maybe this team will respond.....

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