When you’ve lost the last three games and have been outscored 92-22, there’s bound to be some frustration among players and coaches alike. This is the situation the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in right now. Cowboys players are reportedly frustrated with Jason Garrett and his coaching staff.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys players are growing frustrated with the lack of adjustments by the coaching staff and the simplistic game plan.
From @NFLGameDay: While #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has supported coach Jason Garrett, players are getting frustrated with the coaches over their lack of adjustments during the losing skid. https://t.co/o9GbXGxMn0
Honestly, it’s not all that surprising Cowboys players are frustrated and that frustration is being directed towards Jason Garrett and his coaching staff. I know that’s where I’m placing a lot of the blame, and I think a lot of Cowboys Nation would agree.
It has become increasingly clear the Cowboys coaching staff under Jason Garrett has failed miserably at making in-game adjustments, instead choosing to stick to their simplistic game plan. Look no further than the lack of help they gave the struggling Chaz Green against the Atlanta Falcons and how they were outscored in the second half these last three games.
Simplicity was fine when the Cowboy still had Ezekiel Elliott to lean on for offensive production and to help keep the defense off the field. But, what changes have been made on either side of the ball without Zeke in the lineup?
The offense can’t lean on the running game like they have done since drafting Elliott and Scott Linehan has yet to make any adjustments to replace his production. His playcalling has become too predictable and defenses simply don’t respect the running game enough, which allows them to pin their ears back and rush the passer.
Unfortunately, Rod Marinelli and his defense are arguably even more predictable and simplistic. Like Linehan, he has failed to make any kind of adjustments during the game and continues to play individuals who are vastly underperforming. On Thanksgiving alone, Philip Rivers was able to identify where the Cowboys defense was blitzing pre-snap and adjust accordingly.
The sad thing is, I don’t know if we’ll see any changes from Jason Garrett or his coaching staff anytime soon. If you believe Jerry Jones, he’s not worried about the coaching staff and believes they will turn things around. I for one have my doubts though.
If the rumors are true and the players are indeed frustrated with Jason Garrett and his coaching staff, it’s only going to continue to get worse if they keep losing games. Only time will tell how all of this plays out, but making changes to the current coaching staff is starting to look like a top priority after the season.