Okay, Garrett, Now Fix the Running Game
My 10-year-old son was so excited by the news that Jerry Jones had fired Wade Phillips that he couldn’t wait for me to get home to talk about it. Our excitement has thus been reduced to cheering over something that may not have any effect on the Cowboys this year. At least it’s something, though.
In 50 seasons, the franchise has been blessed with the likes of Don Perkins, Calvin Hill, Duane Thomas, Robert Newhouse, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, and Emmitt Smith. Very rarely in the team’s history has the team been held to 50 or fewer rushing yards in a single game. The worst season in this respect was the 1-15 team from 1989, which rushed for 45 or fewer yards in five games. That ’89 team averaged 88.1 yards over 16 games.
This year’s pathetic joke of a team has rushed for 50 or fewer yards in four of its eight games. The team averages only 75.6 rushing yards a game, which ranks 31st—just ahead of the 2-6 Denver Broncos. In the past three games, Dallas has averaged only 43.3 yards on the ground.
Anyway, here’s a clip from the press conference today:
Personally, I’m fine with this move. However, Garrett has had a role in this mess throughout the season. The season might have ended on the final play of the first half of the first game, when the Cowboys stupidly decided to run a pass play instead of just taking a knee. Of course, Tashard Choice fumbled the ball, DeAngelo Hall ran it in for a score, and the Cowboys never recovered. Everyone tried to take the blame, but it seemed pretty clear that it was Garrett’s call. A better head coach might have come to his senses and demanded the team do the smart thing, but Wade didn’t. Now that Garrett is calling all the shots, will he show any better judgment?
Dallas also promoted Paul Pasqualoni to serve as defensive coordinator. Again, not a bad move under the circumstances, but don’t forget that the Dolphins fired Pasqualoni after Miami finished 25th in the league in points allowed and 22nd in total defense in 2009. He’s a better choice than the likes of Dave Campo, but he’ll also have to perform some sort of minor miracle to improve the play of what is now the worst secondary in the league.