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.
|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|
|(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive)||14 – 36 – 0 – 4||12 – 19 – 2 – 3|
|TIME OF POSSESSION||30:33||29:26|
|Career Stats more|
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.