Cowboys: Week 8 – Five Things

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Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach

Jason Garrett

in the first half during the NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

One major issue this season has been the lack of in-game adjustments by the coaching staff.

Head Coach Jason Garrett has taken a lot of heat this season for not adjusting to how teams are playing the Cowboys. Back in the Atlanta Falcons game, he showed this in an extreme. As the Falcons pushed eight men in the box the Cowboys didn’t deviate from their game plan. While sticking to the game plan is good, sometimes you have to make a defense pay for what they are doing.

The Seattle Seahawks have a strong defense that makes multiple adjustments during the game. Jason Garrett has to notice the changes and make sure Scott Linehan calls plays that adjust to what the Seahawks are doing. At half-time the coaching staff has to adjust their game plan if needs be.

The play-calling needs to change on both sides of the ball as the game goes on. This is vital if the Cowboys want to win against the Seahawks, if they don’t adjust, then the Seahawks most certainly will. This game could become a chess match and the Cowboys have every chance to win this game if they execute and adjust.

Moving forward over the next few weeks it will be on Garrett to adjust the offense – until Romo returns and does his magic. If anything, this season has shown the importance and abilities of Tony Romo. He has complete control over the offense and makes adjustments that need to happen. It is apparent that neither Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel has the same control or skill set that Romo has.

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