The 2019 Dallas Cowboys season has taken an unfortunate turn. They've lost three straight games after beating three of the worst teams in the NFL. In the past three weeks, they've looked like an unprepared football team that's not ready to be one of the top teams in the NFC. Simply stated, after an offseason of high expectations, they're off to a terrible start. Of course, a 3-3 record is far from the end of the season, but the truth is they shouldn't have three losses right now. The Cowboys, who have been favored on every single game, have failed to deliver. And as panic ensues in Cowboys Nation, Jason Garrett's hot seat is a discussion again.
To be quite frank with you, there's nothing wrong about that. Sure, we're not even halfway into the season. There's still plenty of time to right the ship. We were in the same position a year ago, when the Cowboys had a 3-5 season before bouncing back to the top of the division.
But isn't that precisely the issue? Once again, the Cowboys are in a tough position despite having a talented roster. Both on offense and on defense, results have been disappointing. Once again, this is an unprepared team. It's frustrating, considering many things that were going well last year aren't doing so right now.
Not even Kris Richard and Rod Marinelli's defense that surprised us all in 2018 is having a quality performance right now. They're getting beaten in the trenches and busted coverages in the backfield are a constant sight.
On offense, Kellen Moore's play-calling was on point to start the season, but at times it feels like we're back to the Scott Linehan days. Versus the New York Jets, they ran the ball 17 times on first down, managing to get 2.9 yards per carry. They did so against stacked boxes, too.
On the air, Tony Romo commentated "I see a lot of Jason Garrett's footprints in this offense." This does little to keep us from wondering if Moore's approach is getting influenced by the head coach. Not to exonerate the young offensive coordinator of any blame, but it's impressive how different this offense looked in the losses to the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. I definitely don't believe Garrett is taking over play-calling, though. Moore is also responsible. However, the difference between the offense we saw in weeks 4 and 6 can't be overlooked. It was very noticeable.
There's a lot of arguments to be made in favor or against Jason Garrett but one stands out the most to me. Under his tenure, the Cowboys have yet to make the playoffs in consecutive years. Many circumstances have prevented him from achieving it, like Tony Romo's injury in 2015, but it's still a very telling stat. In 2019, he still has the chance to make it to January. But he's in a position he shouldn't be through six weeks.
Execution by the players was also missing, and important players were missing due to injury. But even the ones who played did so poorly. Michael Gallup and Jason Witten dropped passes. Tackles were missed by the front seven and the secondary was burnt frequently. When there are problems all across the board, it's hard not to take a look at the head coach.
What makes things more interesting this particular year is the fact that Garrett is under a one-year contract. In my humble opinion, that automatically means he's on the hot seat, regardless of what Jerry Jones says on 105.3 The Fan. There's a reason why he wasn't extended, and that's because he has something to prove this year.
However, the question should be: is he in any immediate danger? Will he be coaching for his job next weekend?
I texted a #Cowboys source after their 24-22 loss to previously winless #Jets and asked if HC Jason Garrett's job was in any immediate jeopardy. The response was swift and seemingly emphatic: "Absolutely not.
Personally, I don't believe Garrett is at risk before the Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night. I can't help but wonder if he'll be coaching for his job that night. It would be surprising, given how many times we've thought Garrett is on the hot seat before the team turns things around and we forget all about it.
But things look grim right now. They look different. The Cowboys have fallen to .500 by losing to an 0-4 New York Jets team that also had a couple of key injuries (LB C.J. Mosley and TE Chris Herndon din't play). Garrett called a timeout with 47 seconds remaining on the clock, ending the Cowboys' hopes for a long-shot comeback. In the past couple of weeks, they've had 20 penalties for 192 yards. According to nflpenalties.com, the Cowboys are the the second team with the most "against yards" in penalties through six games.
The team hasn't been able to have a good start against any rival yet. Not even when they played the tanking Miami Dolphins.
Also, I really don't want to make much out of a ten-second video, but this clip of Cowboys players leaving Jason Garrett hanging is at the very least intriguing. It might mean nothing, it might mean a lot. Who knows? If it does mean something, though, his time should be over. His players have always believed in him. When that ends, there's really not point in keeping him around. I insist though, this is nothing but a ten second video. So I'd rather not make too much of it.
Not a good look for Jason Garrett. https://t.co/g005ZJVwRl
Jason Garrett should definitely be at risk. It's only fair. He's the head coach of a football team that should have a big year but is being outplayed and outcoached. Does he have a chance to turn things around? Sure. However, if the Cowboys lose four consecutive games before the bye week, this conversation will be a lot more serious, and rightfully so.
The Cowboys have been in such a rough spot before. Garrett has been able to make his players fight for him and the team. How will it turn out this time?
Should Jason Garrett be coaching for his job next Sunday?
Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks
The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ
Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.
Jason Garrett Reminds Everyone That Kellen Moore Calls the Plays
There's a lot of blame game being played around the Dallas Cowboys right now after a demoralizing home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Even the head coach seems to be getting in on the act as Jason Garrett went out of character and got unusually specific in explaining Kellen Moore'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 Garrett on @1053thefan on the two run plays late: "Kellen's calling the game. In that situation it's 2nd and 2. He felt like he had a good opportunity against a favorable box to run the ball in those situations. On each of those plays we had options beyond just the run.
Jason did try to excuse his offensive coordinator'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' front office has made it clear that any extension depends on the results of the 2019 season. With Dallas now dropping to 5-4 and only leading the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles, 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 2019 schedule, 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.
Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week 10 Against Vikings
Well Cowboys Nation, the Dallas Cowboys let yet another winnable game slip to their grasp Sunday night after the devastating 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. By my count, that's three out of four games the Cowboys probably should have won this season. But, probably… maybe… and should have don't mean diddly squat in the NFL.
I'm not going to beat around the bush today because I would likely end up going into a long winded rant about what took place last night. So, let's go ahead and jump right into this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. As always, please feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinions and thoughts on the subject.
Unlike in weeks past, I had absolutely no problem deciding what to go with this week for this category from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. I don't think anyone would argue that the good had to be Quarterback Dak Prescott's play and the Cowboys overall passing game. This unit was the sole reason they had a chance to win at the end.
Prescott was simply phenomenal Sunday night. He threw for 397 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. He was on point last night and was dropping dimes all over the place. It's one of the reasons why both Amari Cooper (147 yards, 1 TD) and Randall Cobb (106, 1 TD) both went over the 100 yard mark in receiving, and Michael Gallup wasn't too far behind (76 yards, 1 TD). All in all it's an MVP caliber performance from No. 4, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to seal the victory.
I thought and thought about what I wanted to go with in this category and I'll have to admit, I had a hard time deciding. There were individual players who deserved a nomination here, but in the end I think the bad for the Dallas Cowboys was them getting off to yet another slow start against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it's been a trend for them this season.
It all started when Jason Garrett decided to send out Kicker Brett Maher to attempt an ill-advised 57 yard field goal. Maher is capable of making such kicks, but there's a time and place to use that kind of weapon. Last night on the opening drive of the game was not one of those times. After the missed FG, the Vikings had excellent field position and scored a quick TD. Not long after they scored another TD to go up 14-0 after another stalled drive by the Cowboys offense. It's a hole they were never quite able to dig themselves out of.
Deciding what to go with here in this category was pretty easy after narrowing down what I wanted to put in the bad category. I think the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings was their defensive play. In all honesty, it was absolutely sickening to watch the Vikings have their way with the Cowboys defense. Dallas has far too much talent on that side of the ball to be manhandled like they were.
The tackling was atrocious and so was the execution. I'm pretty sure the game plan was to neutralize Dalvin Cook the way they did Saquon Barkley in Week 9, but the league's leading rusher (Cook) would have none of that. He pretty much did what he wanted. He ran through arm tackles and had room to run, whether it was as a rusher or receiver. It looked a lot like what Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones did to the Cowboys in Week 5. It was completely inexcusable and unacceptable!
What is your good, bad, and ugly from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup?
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