Cowboy HC Garrett Needs His Walking Papers.

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Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan yells for head coach Jason Garrett to throw the challenge flag in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Looking at the 2012 season, Jason Garrett has called more than twice as many pass plays as run plays, Romo has taken 8 sacks, the Cowboys only have 1 rushing TD, and the defense has given up 13 1st downs by penalty in only 4 weeks. What does this mean? They are on course to allowing Romo to get sacked a minimum of 32 times, score just 4 rushing TD’s,  and giving up 52 1st downs by penalties. (Keep in mind that’s just the defensive penalties.)

The Cowboys offense has gotten called for more penalties than the defense.  You have to ask yourself one question:

Has the ‘Jason Garrett Effect’ shown any improvement at all?

It looks like things are getting worse. The increased number of drops, routes run wrong, penalties, and mental mistakes obviously falls back on the coaching. The acquisitions on the offensive line (and the failure to provide real protection for Romo) obviously falls back on the head coach, the scouting department and Jerry Jones. Lets take a look below at the numbers under Sean Payton and Bill Parcells.

2007 Parcells/Payton

Team Statistics
Cowboys Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 322 304
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 83 – 217 – 22 86 – 195 – 23
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 84/199 85/216
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 10/14 10/18
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 5851 4922
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 975 – 6.0 1008 – 4.9
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 1746 1513
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 419 – 4.2 381 – 4.0
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 4105 3409
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 342 – 531 – 19 – 8.1 342 – 581 – 19 – 6.4
SACKS Romo 24 Opp QB’s 46
FIELD GOALS 26/31 25/31
TOUCHDOWNS 54 36
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 14 – 36 – 0 – 4 12 – 19 – 2 – 3
TIME OF POSSESSION 30:33 29:26
TURNOVER RATIO +5
Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Tony Romo 520 335 4211 64.4 8.1 36 6.9 19 3.7 59 24 176 97.4
Brad Johnson 11 7 79 63.6 7.2 0 0.0 0 0.0 35 1 9 85.0
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Marion Barber 204 975 4.8 54 10
Julius Jones 164 588 3.6 25 2
Tony Romo 31 129 4.2 17 2
Tyson Thompson 14 54 3.9 23 0
Brad Johnson 5 -5 -1.0 0 0
Terrell Owens 1 5 5.0 5 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Jason Witten 96 1145 11.9 53 7
Terrell Owens 81 1355 16.7 52 15
Patrick Crayton 50 697 13.9 59 7

Tony Romo.

Career Stats more
Season Team Passing Rushing Fumbles
G GS Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Sck SckY Rate Att Yds Avg TD FUM Lost
2012 Dallas Cowboys 4 4 101 151 66.9 1,148 7.6 5 8 8 52 78.5 12 12 1.0 0 4 2
2011 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 346 522 66.3 4,184 8.0 31 10 36 227 102.5 22 46 2.1 1 6 3
2010 Dallas Cowboys 6 6 148 213 69.5 1,605 7.5 11 7 7 41 94.9 6 38 6.3 0
2009 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 347 550 63.1 4,483 8.2 26 9 34 196 97.6 35 105 3.0 1 6 4
2008 Dallas Cowboys 13 13 276 450 61.3 3,448 7.7 26 14 20 123 91.4 28 41 1.5 0 13 7
2007 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 335 520 64.4 4,211 8.1 36 19 24 176 97.4 31 129 4.2 2 10 2
2006 Dallas Cowboys 16 10 220 337 65.3 2,903 8.6 19 13 21 124 95.1 34 102 3.0 0 9 3

Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Curtis Martin (left) and former coach Bill Parcells (right) pose with his bust at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

(All stats courtesy of NFL.com)

Under the former coaching staff they had 531 pass plays to 419 run plays, (much more balanced), 14 rushing TD’s to the new average of 4, Murray fell from a 5.5 yard per carry  average last year to 3.9 this year.  Under Parcells the Dallas Cowboys defense only allowed 22 1st downs by penalty over 16 games, as compared to 13 in 4 so far this year. Tony was sacked 24 times as compared to 36, Tony had 36 passing TD’s as compared to being on course for 20 this year, (they may try and convince us that they addressed the offensive line, but Romo is sporting the lowest passer rating of his career “78.5”), he had 2 receivers with over 1,000 yards under Parcells as compared to none currently, and they had 54 TD’s on the season as compared to 39 last year, and the offense is on course to score at most, 28 TD’s this year. Amazingly, in spite of all the drops and routes that were run wrong, along with the bad protection, Romo has still completed 66.9% of his passes. The Cowboys are currently ranked 3oth in the NFL in rushing and 31st in scoring.  You can draw your own conclusions, but the writing is on the wall, the ‘Jason Garrett Effect’ is not working.

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