Give Cowboys coach Jason Garrett credit for an astute eye for observation, and his economy of language.
Asked about that barn-burner of a 3-0 win over Oakland, Garrett replied in the only manner that was appropriate.
“Not real good,” Garrett said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “We didn’t play with great rhythm.”
The only scoring was a 33-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.
The starting offense played three series, had 11 total snaps, and gained 22 yards. Of that total, 24 came on one pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant, the lone first down they gained.
“We wanted more,” Romo said. “We made some mistakes, and it cost us. There will be some good stuff to evaluate and get better. We have to get better from [Monday’s] game, and we will.”
The problems began, as they often do, up front. With a rash of injuries to centers, guard David Arkin was playing in the middle, which he never had before. The starting guards, Derrick Dockery and Mackenzy Bernadeau are learning each other.
“It took us a couple of drives to make some first downs,” Garrett said. “Dez made a good play, a completion to Wit was good, but for the most part we didn’t run it as well as we needed to and didn’t drive it as well as we needed to.
“I think the self-inflicted wounds were a part of that. But we have to learn from it and go back and watch each individual play, technique assignments and how 11 guys did and understand that everybody has to do their job for us to be a good offense.”
The expectations are high for the Cowboys this year, and the key parts are in place for them to be much better than they showed.
Becuase this one wasn’t necessarily a case of Oakland playing so well, but the Cowboys getting in their own way.