Process, a word that has been regularly used by Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. As he enters year 10 (9th full season) the patience from the fans is starting to run out.
The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2018 season 10-6 and won the NFC East for the third time in five years, but it also ended without Super Bowl glory for the 23rd straight year. A big reason is the lack of in-game adjustments from Garrett and the coaching staff, a fatal flaw to have from the leader of your franchise. The Rams ran for 273 yards (170 in the first half) in their divisional round playoff win against the Cowboys. That's a good game through the air for a quarterback, for a rushing attack it's absurd, especially against a top 5 rushing defense.
The Rams defense gave up the most yards per rush in the NFL, and the Cowboys had the leagues leading rusher in Ezekiel Elliott, but he might as well had been in street clothes considering how ineffective he was. 47 yards on 20 attempts, ouch. The biggest game of the year and both sides of the ball are completely unprepared? Not a good look.
A big notch on the belt of Garrett is that he is a leader of men. This team believes in him and they trust him, a very important factor to have. Unfortunately, if you keep doing the same things you can't expect different results, that's where Garrett is in his coaching career. Winning division titles is fine if you're coaching the Atlanta Falcons, not the Dallas Cowboys.
After almost a decade this team hasn't gone any further than the divisional round of the playoffs, something they haven't done since the glory days of the Triplets in the '90s. How long is a "Process" suppose to take? Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson took over the reins in 2016 and won a Super Bowl by the next year. This is the coach of your biggest rival, who has already achieved more than Garrett has in only a third of the time.
Also, look at a guy like Rams Head Coach Sean McVay. In two years he's already taken his team to the Super Bowl. That makes two coaches in your own conference, one in your own division, that have their franchises enjoying more success than you.
If you want the model citizen who will say and do all the right things as your head coach, Garrett is your guy. But if you're looking for a guy that can adapt to any and all situations and have his team prepared in the biggest moments he hasn't proven that yet. Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones made it clear after the season that Garrett would not be getting an extension, making 2019 essentially a make or break season for him. That speaks volumes considering he is one of Garrett's biggest supporters in the building, but even the old man isn't letting that cloud his vision. You can't keep doing the same song and dance forever. The owner and especially this fan base have their eyes on you more than ever. A 2-3 playoff record won't cut it. The Cowboys have to get to at least the NFC Championship Game in order for Garrett to keep his job in my opinion. If he only gets to the second round again and loses, it can't be in the fashion the team lost in 2018, being dominated. If it's a close battle than maybe he could still keep his job.
Ten years is a very large sample size for a head coach. What we know about Jason Garrett is that he can win you division titles and get you to the divisional round but he hasn't proven anything past that. It's either sink or swim in 2019 or we could see a new process start in Dallas with a new head coach.
3 Things the Dallas Cowboys Need to do Against the Detroit Lions
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off yet another disappointing loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. Their season and playoff hopes could be hanging in the balance now, which makes just about every game from here on out all that more important. They need to start playing as if their backs are against the wall, because that very well could be the case.
Luckily the Dallas Cowboys should be able to take care of business this week when they hit the road to take on the Detroit Lions. This is one of the more winnable games left on the Cowboys schedule this year and they should use it as a bit of a refresher game of sorts in order to get things back on track. The objective of course remains the same… Winning. But, this is also an opportunity to clean a few things up.
Let's take a look at a few things I think the Dallas Cowboys need to do against the Detroit Lions in this Week 11 matchup.
Hit the Ground Running
No more slow starts! The Dallas Cowboys have to hit the ground running against the Detroit Lions instead of digging themselves into an early hole like they've done quite a bit this season. I honestly don't care if it's on the arm of Quarterback Dak Prescott or on the legs of Running Back Ezekiel Elliott, the offense has to figure out some way to be the aggressor in order to put points on the board early.
The Dallas Cowboys fell behind early in nearly every single one of their losses this season. I don't think a single team has really outplayed them yet this year, but when they have to scratch and claw their way back to get out of the hole they've dug themselves into it makes it exceedingly more difficult to win. It's time to change that narrative this week against the Detroit Lions so that hopefully it carries over for the rest of the year.
Execute! Execute! Execute!
The second thing the Dallas Cowboys need to do this week against the Detroit Lions is to clean up their execution, especially in the defensive side of the ball. Offensively things are going pretty well for the Cowboys, but the same can't be said about their defense. Despite all the talent they've added this season they are still struggling to put everything together and play up to expectations. Hopefully this Week 11 matchup helps them right the ship.
This is a game the Dallas Cowboys should be able to focus on their execution. That means maintaining their gap integrity in the running game, staying assignment sound in the passing game, and most importantly finish the tackle. Tackling was especially poor last week against the Vikings which is why Dalvin Cook ran wild. This has to be a group effort here. Yes, individuals need to improve, but for the overall defense to play up to expectations they have to execute as a unit.
Establish the Running Game
Dak Prescott has been playing phenomenal these past few games and has proven he's more than capable of carrying the offense on his back, but the Dallas Cowboys still need to establish the running game. Just about everything Prescott does in the passing game is built off of play action. If the running game isn't producing that hurts the overall offensive output. Plus, the best way to control the game is by running the ball.
I think Ezekiel Elliott should have a pretty big game against the Detroit Lions this week. After being bottled up by the Vikings last week that should be news to the Cowboys ears. This offense feeds off of Zeke and it needs him to find his groove now that we're getting into the do or die part of the NFL season. No. 21 isn't the only RB who needs to find his groove though. Tony Pollard needs to start being more involved and what better game to get him going than against Detroit.
What do you think the Dallas Cowboys need to do against the Detroit Lions?
Lion Down: QB Matthew Stafford Ruled Out for Cowboys Game
The Detroit Lions will be without starting Quarterback Matthew Stafford this Sunday when they host the Dallas Cowboys. He has been officially ruled out due to fractures in his back; the second-straight game that Stafford will miss with the injury.
Fourth-year backup QB Jeff Driskel will get the start as he did last week against the Chicago Bears. The Lions lost that game 20-13, and Driskel went 1-4 as a starter last season when playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Stafford's status was confirmed this morning by Lions' Head Coach Matt Patricia.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys
Losing Stafford could leave Detroit completely crippled on offense. While they have one of the league's top passing offenses so far in 2019, that was all Matt's work at QB. Now they are missing both their starting QB and their top running back, Kerryon Johnson, who went on injured reserve in Week 7.
That said, Detroit did put up 357 total offensive yards last week against the Bears with Driskel starting. Given the quality of Chicago's defense and that the Lions were playing on the road, that's a strong number.
It will be interesting to see how Dallas strategizes on defense after last week's loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys were completely run over by Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, so will increased focus on run defense creates opportunities for Driskel and the Lions' receivers?
However it shakes out, Matthew Stafford's absence definitely helps the Cowboys. He is still one of the top quarterbacks in football and had a top-five passer rating before the injury.
We never root for injuries but such is life in the NFL. Sometimes you get the benefit, sometimes you're on the losing end.
Hopefully, this turn of fate helps Dallas get a much-needed victory.
#DALvsDET: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction
Cowboys -3.5 O/U 51.5 points.
After suffering a devastating four point loss to the Vikings on Sunday night, the Cowboys will look to get back on track against yet another NFC North foe.
Dallas now sits at 5-4, clinging to their first place spot in the division with the Philadelphia Eagles right on their heels. They have fumbled away four very win-able games already this season, and are running out of chances to take full control of their playoff destiny.
You can't necessarily call this one a must win for the Cowboys, but it's damn near as close as it can get to one for a week 11 game. Considering Detroit's record and injuries, the Cowboys can ill afford to let this one slip away on Sunday.
It's one of the few games against a team with a losing record remaining on their schedule.
The 2019 Lions are a tough team to figure out. Expected before the season to be one of the worst teams in the conference, the Lions started out the season rather well.
They were "undefeated" (there was a tie) through the first three weeks of the season, and played the Kansas City Chiefs extremely tough. They also went on the road and had the Green Bay Packers on the ropes for four full quarters.
But, with all that being said, they now sit at 3-5-1, with their NFC playoff hopes just about destroyed. Quarterback Matt Stafford is having one of the best seasons of his entire career, however, and is surrounded by an offense littered with receiving talent. If he's healthy and can play, he'll be a handful for the Cowboys secondary to deal with.
- The Cowboys are now 2-4 against the spread their last 6 games.
- The score total has gone over in 5 of the Cowboys' last 6 games. It's also gone over 5 of their last 6 road games.
- The Lions are 1-4 against the spread their last 5 games.
- The score total has gone over 7 of the last 8 times these teams have played.
Despite being on the road this week, I'm going to pick the Dallas Cowboys to come out on top and cover the 3.5 point spread. At some point, talent has to take over for this bunch, and what a better day for that to happen than against a hobbled Detroit Lions team?
The Cowboys have been far from perfect in 2019, but it's now or never if they want to rack up wins and start a playoff run.
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