Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett watches play during the first half of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Just Who’s Offense Is This?

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan talks with head coach Jason Garrett during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I was under the impression that this was still Jason Garrett’s Offense. Only with Bill Callahan calling the plays and Tony Romo having some serious input.  In any event, something has got to give.  Although the defense allowed a lot of points in week 1, it has been the offense that has disappointed.  Against the Giants, the Offense should have turned those turnovers into an insurmountable lead.   That did not happen.  Against the Chiefs the Offense had plenty of opportunities to put points on the board, but could not do it.

They have a Tight End who has historically been useless in the red zone (Witten), and play-calling that is just as useless.  The Cowboys had opportunities to build a lead in this game but these quick-outs and short passes are killing them.  It’s not who they are.  Their best chance is to attack the defense with their Wide Receivers.  This is the best O-Line they have had in years so what gives?

Whoever is loading the play-book with all these short passes needs to be told.  Whether Callahan is installing them or Romo is changing the calls at the line, it has to stop.  Early on against the Chiefs they had success and that success came while throwing down the field to Dez Bryant.

The lack of a running game is puzzling too. The Cowboys decided to throw the ball 3 straight times when they had first and goal at the 5 yard line.  They ended up settling for a field goal which has been one of their major issues for some-time now.  They have to score touchdowns when they sniff the end-zone.  Teams are too evenly- matched to take these opportunities for granted.  If this is not fixed, it will continue to bite them in the rear.

It is confusing to see the talent that they have at WR being used in such a manner.  The Cowboys have to get back to stretching the defense and they must commit to the run.  Joseph Randle has been a healthy-scratch the first two weeks.  Dunbar and Tanner have both put the ball on the ground in that time.  It’s time to let Randle play and take some carries away from Murray.

Callahan, Garrett and Romo need to get together and get this offense on the right track.  If they don’t get it together this coaching staff is going to get blown up at the end of the year.  It is still early but they have to learn to make proper adjustments or this season could start slipping away.

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Tags: Bill Callahan Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant Jason Garrett Jason Witten Tony Romo

  • David Kerr

    This article is ridiculous. The cowboys run a west coast offense. That means lots of short horizontal passes and zone running. You take a shot down the field after you get the defense to creep up. Wich they did and dez dropped it. This isn’t madden you can’t just run and gun even if you do have dez. And witten is by no means terrible in the red zone he is just never targeted, because defenses blanket him there. There is no fundamental problem just poor execution.

    • TheJaikster

      I was under the impression that we were running Garrett’s offense, Callahan was just calling it. I think that Witten doesnt get targeted in the red-zone because he cant get open down there, or make the athletic plays required. Agree to disagree…

      • David Kerr

        You kinda proved my point Garrett’s offense is very much west coast style and when you add that with Callahan calling plays you might as well have Bill Walsh lol. As for witten I’ve never thought of him as “athletic” just extremely consistent. Maybe Escobar can become a jimmy graham type

        • TheJaikster

          Everybody runs a some West Coast stuff in their offense, I just dont like the amount of the dink and dunk stuff. Good points Dave, thanks for reading!

          • David Kerr

            True but at a point when the run is going no where and the defense is playing off the quick relapse underneath passes almost becomes an extention of the run game hence the play calling on the last drive Sunday

  • Falconer

    Hit the nail on the head except for Randle , Dunbar on draws and screens with a bit of stick em . Murray needs Callahan to learn a tackle trap block , perhaps an old blocking sled would help . Romo needs to call the plays . Then all the answers come in before we go after that A&M QB .