First all, let's take all the emotion out of the disappointing end to our season and really dive into why the offense just wasn't the same in the 2nd half of the season. Ever since the Denver game, teams just weren't afraid of our run game any longer. Opponents started playing extra men in coverage and dared the Cowboys to beat them on the ground and they just couldn't do it. DC's took away all the big play chunk plays and forced the Cowboys offense to consistently drive the entire field to score points. This really affected Dak's performance as he either had to check it down or try to buy more time in the pocket to find open windows. To effectively drive the football field and convert multiple 1st downs, you need to play clean football. The Cowboys led the league in penalties and force Dak to face many 3rd and long situations, in which every QB would struggle with. Let's look at the stats: First penalties committed: Connor Williams-12 (10 holding flags)-he clearly has played his final game with the team. Biadasz-9 (This is unacceptable for the position) McGovern-2 (very limited snaps, but good) Zach Martin-2 (you see why he is an all pro player, doesn't hurt his team) Tyron-7, Collins/Steele 8. Mind you all these Tackles haven't played a full schedule As you can see, the penalty issues are across the board outside of Zach Martin. In my opinion, if this issue is among most of our starters, blame needs to be pointed to our OL coach and he needs to be replaced. Let's look at our rushing stats: 5 Games we averaged 195 yards on the ground (Eagles twice, LAC-terrible run defense, Carolina, Giants) 35 carry average. Team record 5-0! Zeke reportedly got hurt late in that Carolina game. Run game tanked 2 weeks later. Why did the coaches continue to use Zeke so much after he clearly was hurt? This is on the positional coach and more on MM himself. Other 12 Game average was 95 yards a game, 100 yards less. 25 carry average Kellen Moore also deserves blame for his lack of creativity, becoming way too pass happy and not playing the healthier back in Pollard more. All the offensive coaches including MM deserve blame for this.