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Jason Witten: We need better execution more than better play calls

Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten holds the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award after it was presented to him during the NFL Honors award show in New Orleans Reuters

We’ve talked a lot in the first few weeks of the offseason about the still unrevealed identity of the coach who will be calling plays on offense for the Cowboys next season.

Head coach Jason Garrett, who has been calling the plays, and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, who owner Jerry Jones said he wants calling the plays, both downplayed the magnitude of the decision last week, saying that game plans will be a collaborative effort regardless of who is the guy picking each individual play. Tight end Jason Witten also thinks that it’s a lot of sound and fury over nothing because the problem with the Cowboys offense was one of execution.

“I think more’s been made of that than probably needs to be as far as a player’s perspective just because it’s all about execution for us,” Witten said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We’ve got to execute those plans better. We’ve got good plays, and we’ve got some good players, but we’ve got to do a good enough job of executing time and time again. That’s where focus is on as players, I think, and that’s where it needs to be moving forward.”

The debate about who calls the plays took on a life of its own when Jones said he wanted someone else calling the plays, but Witten’s comments are a useful reminder that the greatest playbook in the history of football wouldn’t be worth much if the players can’t execute it. Whoever relays the signals next season will only be as successful as Witten and his teammates make him.

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15 Responses to “Jason Witten: We need better execution more than better play calls”
  1. buffalobills716 says: Feb 17, 2013 2:51 PM

    As long is not Bills topic then i dont care

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Cowboys are just two easy wins in RedskinsNation.

  3. butkusditka says: Feb 17, 2013 3:03 PM

    Atta boy, Jason! I get tired of guys “passing the buck”. He knows that a poorly drawn up, yet, well executed play can be successful. How many times have we seen a broken play end up in a substantial gain?

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 17, 2013 3:18 PM

    Good point by Witten. Execution could be better for sure. But I think there was an issue with the offense not committing to the run and sticking with it in play calling.

  5. favresweiner says: Feb 17, 2013 3:25 PM

    And the most overused word in football interviews is……….Execution.

  6. doomsdaydefensetx says: Feb 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    @logicalvoice yea I’m pretty sure redskins have shared the doormat of the NFC east with the eagles for DECADES LMAO

  7. enochmh2 says: Feb 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    Would a lack of execution include romo throwing a pick to a redskin linebacker,in the flat….

  8. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 17, 2013 4:15 PM

    “the problem with the Cowboys offense was one of execution”

    Isn’t it the coaches job to get the players to execute the plays they practice?

  9. noodlecbs says: Feb 17, 2013 5:09 PM

    As a lifelong Cowboys fan I’m all for their execution.

  10. rajbais says: Feb 17, 2013 5:20 PM

    We need you Cowboys to go away!!!

    You’re the outdated cache that will win nothing with that overrated QB and unintelligent owner who’s trying to be a qualified GM.

  11. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    There’s only one Nation….that would be RaiderNation….so don’t use that word unless you are referring to the silver and black

  12. mazblast says: Feb 17, 2013 5:43 PM

    Meh. While Witten is a good tight end (not nearly as great as the Cowboys and ESPN say), his career is tied to his BFF Tony “Oh no!!!” Romo. Romo’s career in turn is tied to Jason Garrett. So of course Witten wants to try to take the heat off Garrett.

  13. tinbender2000 says: Feb 17, 2013 6:40 PM

    “And it’s not important who executes, as long as someone does, a couple times a game.”

  14. ham1 says: Feb 17, 2013 7:52 PM

    and a qb who doesnt choke

  15. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 18, 2013 6:12 AM

    Better execution? Broken plays? I’m sure those happen because the other side knows what is coming.

    It’s great that Witten deflects stuff like this back onto the team as a whole but come on!

    Play calling stinks! JG is not HC material. Never has been, never will.

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