Jason Garrett Had No Answer For Redskins Blitz.

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Jason Garrett’s lack of experience, game management, and inability to make mid game adjustments has been called in to question by not only myself, but other analysts on numerous occasions.

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Jerry Jones said in the press conference, he doesn’t get mad. Really?

The debacle on prime time Monday night football in front of the whole world, gave Cowboys haters nationwide plenty of ammo to spew the I told you so remarks vehemently in to our faces. Once again, Jason Garrett was straight up outcoached. To make things worse, he played right in to the hand of Haslett’s game plan. He couldn’t have made it any easier for them to abuse Tony Romo.

As the old saying goes: “If it aint broke, don’t try and fix it!”

I caught a lot of flack from a lot of people when I said this OL struggles in pass protection and the only reason Tony Romo is staying upright is because they have committed to the run. Committing to the run stops defenses from pinning their ears back and blitzing.

I have never been a big fan of zone blocking systems because they are usually better at run blocking than pass protection. The reason being, they rely on athletic ability rather than size and power. Don’t get me wrong, there are some very powerful players in some of the systems, but they are taught to work together and rely on double teaming to move people. In most cases, members of a ZBS are not as good at reading stunts and blitzes and are not taught blocking techniques that change based on the defensive front. In other words, it’s watered down and much simpler for players to learn. It also attempts to make up for a lack of read and react skills.

The worst thing Jason Garrett could do to a young OL is repeatedly put them out there against a blitz happy defense with an empty backfield. By lining up that way they are not only telling the whole world it’s going to be a pass, they are hanging Tony Romo out to dry with no one in the backfield to pick up the blitz. You can’t expect these young players to be able to read all of these disguised blitzes and stunts.

It is no secret that the Cowboys had only lost one game prior to Monday night when DeMarco Murray had more than twenty carries. He had 19 Monday. I have studied the tape on every game the Cowboys played this year. I studied the tendencies of Scott Linehan, the play selection based on down and distance, the amount of passes to runs and so on. I had previously done the same thing when Jason Garrett was calling the plays. If I noticed one thing vs the Redskins, that game plan had Jason Garrett written all over it. It was the same thing I had written about numerous times before.

When I recently heard Jason Garrett say in a press conference that he wanted to limit the amount of carries that DeMarco Murray got, but it was to give the other backs more carries, I knew it was BS. He can’t handle Scott Linehan getting all of the credit and wanted to prove that the Cowboys could win with his pass happy ways.

The thing that aggravates me the most is hearing people say if the Redskins blitzed like that against Peyton Manning he would burn them. I had to laugh considering he is one of the most immobile QBs in the NFL. Anyone who studies football knows that Peyton Manning is one of the worst when he is under pressure. That is exactly why the Broncos run a QB friendly offense that allows him to get rid of the ball quickly. He not only has a great pass protecting OL, they run a lot of timing based quick outs as an extension to the run that keep defenses at bay.

I was cussing at the television watching the Cowboys keep calling deep vertical routes 20 yards down the field when Romo barely had time to complete a 3 step drop. They have excellent weapons for the short passing game who are quick and perfect to use in quick timing based passes. There are very few LBs and safety’s with the speed of Beasley, Hanna and Dunbar. I agree with Bryan Broaddus saying they should have taken advantage of the mismatch Jason Witten created too.

jason garrett had no answer for the redskins blitz

Dez Bryant was pretty much shut down by a 4th round rookie CB. One of the biggest problems I see with this offense is they continually try and force the ball to Dez even when he is covered. They once again abandoned the run, even when they only needed two yards. It produced the same results. Tony Romo not only got sacked 5 times, he sustained a substantial injury and the Cowboys lost to a 2-5 team.

The old adage is that football is a business, well it’s time for Jerry Jones to make a business decision. He invested $118 million in Tony Romo: would it be wise to extend the contract of a coach who has repeatedly hung his biggest investment out to dry? Much like many other games that required mid game adjustments, Jason Garrett had no answer for the Redskins blitz. The team showed up unprepared and undisciplined. Once again Tony Romo suffered the consequences. Broken collar bone, broken ribs twice, two back surgeries and 5 sacks again on Monday. When is enough enough?

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I was screaming at the t.v. on third down. Knowing that every third down they were bringing the blitz, I saw Witten, Williams, and Dez run deep vertical routes instead of dumping it off to Dunbar or Beasley, or having them run shorter routes to burn the defense. Yeah I know it’s 3rd and long, but better to only get a few yards than to take a sack. Another thing that pissed me off was the fact they let Romo back in the game. He was in obvious pain, and he went back in anyway. The coach needs to tell him to sit on the bench to prevent injury, they stopped blitzing when Weeden was on the field, and didn’t do too bad. Rather lose one game than lose Romo for the season. Rumor has it, that Romo could be out for Arizona. And now Durant is also out for the year. Not sure if Garrett was calling plays or not, but either way it was a terrible game plan, and no adjustments were made, saw the same deep vertical routes I saw last year. But I guess that it was Garrett, because all this year we have converted third and long with shorter passes and always had a dump off option in Dunbar or Murray. No dump off options really in this game.

    • I guarantee you any decent veteran coach would have made adjustments to counter that blitz. Even emmitt tweeted come on man protect QB9 emotional. Teams don’t fear weeden which is why they didn’t blitz. Garrett needs a bus ticket asap.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Never adjusted, I always said it, even before you brought it up. Garrett never makes in game adjustments. And if he does, he does a poor job of it.

        • He is in over his head.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Really ticks me off. Only negative about being 6-2 is that it means that Garrett will be resigned. Could have been Linehan calling plays I don’t know, but that game plan had Garrett written all over it. I guess the only positive is that Free and Lawrence will be playing next game most likely.

          • I can’t wait to see Lawrence play

    • Alexander James

      Also the D spent so much time on the field they didn’t have the time to make necessary adjustments and were gassed in the 4th qtr & OT.

  • boysdeporvida

    well who is calling the plays?? I thought it was Linehan..??

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      It is Linehan. But judging how the game was played and coached it had Garrett all over it. No adjustments were made. And even though Linehan could get pass happy, he has more creative ways of going about it. On 3rd and long for most of the time, Linehan would have dump off options and would call shorter routes. I saw too many fades suggesting that if might have been Garrett this game. Whoever it was did a horrible job.

      • boysdeporvida

        so when the Cowboys fail to execute, its JG, when not its Linehan??

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          I didn’t say that, if it was Linehan or if it was Garrett either way it was bad. However, just watching the game, you saw a lot of the same crap that happened last year when Garrett called the plays. If Linehan’s game plan fails on his play calling great, but it didn’t seem that way on Monday, too many deep routes on third and long and never compensated for the blitz. Never adjusted, seems more like Garrett than Linehan.

        • Alexander James

          Garrett is HC, if the gameplan doesn’t work-regardless of whose brain child it was- it’s his job to make adjustments. So yes the FAIL goes to Garrett.
          it was as easy as saying RUN THE FREAKIN BALL. Millions of Cowboy fans were screaming it all night long.

    • Alexander James

      it is Scott, BUT remember how Garrett likes to get around the ban on his play calling by ‘gameplanning’ the first 18 or so plays of the game.

  • Lionone1

    Dez dropped two passes in the end zone one was on a slant pass to his body. Murray fumbled the ball after a 51 yard run in the red zone. Randle fumbled the ball after a nice 10 yard run. Dallas had plenty of opportunities. The OT drive was the only one that had me baffled.

    • Alexander James

      Plenty of opportunities against a wretched WASH team. A real team would have done what SF did in the first half in week 1.

      • Lionone1

        To your point they missed opportunities to score. It was sloppy play. Washington, statistically is a much better team than Arizona in every way. Dallas will roll over the Cardinals

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          And what evidence supports we will roll over the Cardinals? Statistically the Cowboys were better in just about every category on offense than the Redskins and we lost. Statistics don’t mean anything when the game is actually played. Cardinals are always a tough team to play. Cowboys historically always have a battle with the Cardinals despite records.

          • Lionone1

            I honestly felt like Romo would play without a doubt. Wheedon was gawd awful.

          • Gabriel Carrasco

            Worse than awful. QB is a must next year, with Romo being old and hurt. I don’t know how much longer Romo will be the QB.

  • Alexander James

    So sad. It was obvious that someone (GARRETT) had abandoned the winning, run first formulae by the end of their second drive. This game reminded me a lot of the playoff game against the Favre led Vikings who put the hurting on Romo while we ignored the blitz beater chapter of the playbook. Even with turnovers we should have cruised to a 17+ point win against the clueless Skins.

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      The last drive is what ticked me off more than anything. Final drive Murray 8 yard gain on 1st down, I understand passing on 2nd, to see if you can fool the defense. But after that you run on third down, and then if you don’t get it run on 4th down as well. You are in 4 down territory anyway so you’re not going to punt the ball. If anything they Redskins couldn’t stop the run all game, so you might have gotten into FG range just by running the ball anyway.

      • Alexander James

        yeah through it all they still had a great chance to win and then Garrotted themselves in the end.