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Jason Garrett Reminds Everyone That Kellen Moore Calls the Plays

There's a lot of blame game being played around the right now after a demoralizing home loss to the . Even the seems to be getting in on the act as went out of character and got unusually specific in explaining 's responsibility for play-calling.

Garrett is not known for calling people out. In fact, many fans have criticized him for not being more critical of his players. He tends to speak in vague, nebulous terms when it comes to discussing the Cowboys' weaknesses or failings after a loss.

But in a radio appearance this morning, Garrett didn't mince words on who was deciding the plays during the Cowboys' final drive.

Jason did try to excuse his 's decisions with some context, but he also made sure to clarify who was responsible for those calls. It was not very Garrett-like, and it may speak to his own growing frustration and concern over his future.

Garrett is on the final year of his contract and the Cowboys' has made it clear that any extension depends on the results of the . With Dallas now dropping to 5-4 and only leading the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the , the future is increasingly unclear.

Jason Garrett famously uses “we” and “us” terms when talking about the negatives, not wanting to assign blame to any particular player or person when things aren't going well. That he strayed from this well-established behavior today may be an anomaly, but it shouldn't be ignored.

With a tough second-half stretch coming in this , Garrett may be starting to feel like a dead man walking. We'll see in the coming weeks if this leads to anymore shifts in his usual demeanor with the media.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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  1. If “…Kellen’s calling the game…,” what exactly was Jason Garrett’s role on Sunday night? I’m sorry, thought the adjective “head” when attached to the subject “coach” meant something relevant, like he (“head coach”) approves, disapproves, or overrides subordinates’ decisions. Here’s my suggestion to Jason Garrett. If you think Kellen lost the game, as I interpreted from your comments, why don’t you just let him call the ENTIRE game this week and you can go coach the cheerleaders? Let’s see how that game goes. My money’s on “Doogie Howser.”

  2. Often forgotten in the world of analytics: Roll with the hot hand.

    Dak was hot.
    Zeke was not.

    The Vikes were selling out to stop the run. The right move was: an RPO keeper – or a straight up play action fake to Zeke then throw to Amari or Jarwin or Witten in the Endzone (3 times if necessary). By switching from pass to run, Dallas played into Minnesota’s hands – and lost.

    JG was right: the situation called for run. But Zeke was having a terrible game – and the braintrust didn’t factor that in. Bill Belichick would not make that mistake. The Vikes couldn’t stop the pass. They weren’t going to figure it out right then and there. Dallas should have won that game. Oh well.

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