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    Going Bold: Jason Garrett Steers Cowboys In A New Direction

    It was only a week ago, time is funny in an NFL season, that we were walking into work with our heads hung low thanks to a season-opening loss at home to the .

    Many members of , including this one, chastised and his staff for what seemed like a conservative disposition that, in our minds, ultimately lost the Cowboys the game.

    The talk went on and on, and we made these coaches sound more vanilla than the supposed level of difficulty of the defenses carved up in the . Hey, that's football season. We'll talk about anything!

    Jason Garrett gave us a whole hell of a lot to talk about this week, and he did it by being the polar opposite of conservative. He heard our cries, and he put them into motion.

    I applaud him for that.

    4th And 1: Jason Garrett Goes For It

    For the second week in a row the Cowboys received the opening kick off and turned it into points, albeit a field goal. They were then able to force a Washington punt. A 3-0 advantage obviously isn't as good as 7-0, but it works.

    On their second possession the Cowboys were marching and found themselves on the Redskins 30-yard line; trouble is they were there on 4th and 1. That's an easy Dan Bailey field goal, right? Take the points and run, right? Not so fast says Jason Garrett.

    Cowboys Headlines - Going Bold: Jason Garrett Steers Cowboys In A New Direction

    After a week when his team took far too many, 4 to be specific, field goals instead of touchdowns… Jason Garrett had had enough. With one swift and decisive instruction, Coach Garrett brought forth a new disposition to his Cowboys.

    The Cowboys would convert this all-important play thanks to a great play-action bootleg where rookie Dak Prescott found for a 28-yard gain. They would then go on to score on a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Imagine that!

    All logic, common sense, and conservatism suggests that teams take a field goal in that scenario. Most probably would. Not Jason Garrett. Not on Sunday, September 18th. This was his game and he was taking it, and he showed this same ferocity later on in the game.

    Surprise! Onside Kick Was A Brilliant Decision

    Late in the third quarter the Cowboys took a 20-17 lead, and seemingly the game's momentum.

    Remember the stakes at this point:

    • The loser of this game would fall to 0-2 on the season.
    • The Cowboys had not won a game without since being on this very field last December.
    • At this point the Cowboys was having a great degree of difficulty containing the Washington .

    Most coaches in this situation wouldn't think twice about kicking off. The only thing on their minds would be what defensive personnel they were about to be in while trying to get the ball back – not Jason Garrett.

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    Even though he elected not to go with Dan Bailey's foot in his earlier bold decision, Jason Garrett trusted its accuracy more than ever here. Coach Jason Garrett took control of this game, something Cowboys Nation has been begging for, and dialed up a surprise onside kick. Unfortunately the ball didn't even travel 10 yards, but nevertheless – this is not hyperbolic – this is one of the greatest moves I have ever seen Jason Garrett make.

    Jason Garrett played to win in Washington, and you know what? He won. Did the surprise onside kick specifically aid in that effort? No, obviously not. What won the game for the Cowboys was the mentality that Jason Garrett brought into FedExField with him. He has seen far too many plays, too many moments, too many games slip away from him. This game was about living and dying by his terms and I greatly respect that.

    While the most important note from Sunday's game in Washington is obviously that the Cowboys won, this is the most critical note. This season is different. This team is different. This coach is different. They are no longer about playing and maximizing chances. This is a group that is about playing their style of football and if you don't like it you can deal with it while we celebrate. Huzzah to Jason Garrett.

    How do you feel about Jason Garrett's bold moves in Washington? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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    Eric Welly

    A bold move would be to stop coddling the QB, they did it last year with veteran backups and now with a rook QB that has been better albeit preseason and 2 games than 70% of all NFL QBs, the kid didn’t fluke into Hiesman voting, SB MVP”, or making his team #1 in college.

    Garrett outthinks himself to a fault, a rookie QB should have veterans everywhere, even RB to help him out, Zeke has potential, Morris has ProBowls and was a pain in the divisions butte for 4yrs, Dunbar has experience and give you chunks of yards with just a few touches so no need to feed the kid to the wolves when he can come in and snack on the wolves for the last 30mins when they’re tongues are wagging and tails are drooping.

    If Garrett was playing to win he’d let his coordinators do their jobs, Dak is the only must play rook, Zeke is just another cog in the system, Dak is running the machine, you want to help Dak, give him veteran help in Morris\Dunbar and with his style he could easily put a 100yds and a TD in the second half if they have the lead.

    Oh and the Skins watched the last game just in case it was important, so no the onside kick was not working, thay had the hands team in, luckily the defense stepped in and saved the game. Kinda like defeating Godzilla but the whole city is destroyed.

    no Romo = a win…. right?