Jason Garrett: We have to run more and we have to run better

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It’s a new season, but the Cowboys are having one of their old offensive problems again.

In Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs, the Cowboys had an offensive attack heavily weighted toward the pass. They called more than three time as many pass plays as they did running plays, a familiar lack of balance for a Jason Garrett-coached Dallas offense. And when they did run, they didn’t do it well. They finished with 37 yards on 16 rushes, which is also a familiar state of affairs for the offense as is hearing Garrett lament the lack of a consistent running attack the day after a loss.

“We have to run the ball more than 16 times in the game, and we have to be able to run it throughout the game,” Garrett said, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We just simply have to do a better job of that. We didn’t run the ball very well. Sixteen carries for 37 yards for just over 2 yards an attempt is not good enough.”

Garrett said part of the reason for the lack of balance was that the team spent a lot of time going no-huddle and Tony Romo was making calls at the line that slanted too heavily toward the pass, but offered little about how the team will rectify the ineffectiveness. That’s really the significant issue, because the Cowboys didn’t have much better balance in the opener against the Giants. They ran the ball much more effectively, however, and came away with a victory.

As we said up top, it’s an old story in Dallas. They finished 31st in rushing yards and rushing attempts last season as the team continually put their eggs in Romo’s basket, a strategy that didn’t work out any better for them then than it did on Sunday.

11 responses to “Jason Garrett: We have to run more and we have to run better

  1. Running ain’t gonna happen as long as Jones is calling the shots…he wouldn’t know a good lineman from a bad cold…

  2. Not running enough or well? Having to rely on no-huddle which slanted too heavily on pass because of Romo making decisions?

    Said it from day one, Jason Garrett is a nice guy but not HC material. Perhaps a QB Coach but not the guy to lead the team.

    Thanks Jerry!

  3. I’m a Romo fan, but I’m not sure I am a fan of Romo calling as many of the plays at the line according to what I’ve seen. I’m hearing rumblings about him continuously checking out of the many run plays being called much to the frustration of Demarco Murray. I’d be more for it if he wasn’t checking out to force it repeatedly to Witten on short patterns shy of first downs. It’s like the years of criticism of him has forced him to devolve from gunslinger Romo to uber conservative, check-down Tony

  4. a qb that does not choke when the game is on the line. better play selection down on the goal line. better head coaching. enough blame to go around not just the rookie. get real jg.

  5. Wow. Took 2 whole games for the finger pointing to start. Didn’t run the ball well, must be Callahans fault. Peyton (oops, Tony) called too many passes. Fredricks got beat by Poe for sacks (Jerrys fault for drafting him). Same old story. But, on the up-side… that Jason Garrett is one heck of a clock manager now.

  6. Actually coach, I’d prefer it if we scored more than the other team. That usually helps to win the game.

    No point running the football for the sake of it – the run game was appalling against the Chiefs. I agree we should have run a few times in the 4th quarter to mix it up, but the poor run game would have left 2nd or 3rd and long anyway…

  7. Garrett wants the ball to be run better. Then Garrett needs to take out Murray and put in Dunbar. I know he fumbled last week against KC but what RB hasn’t done that. Murray hasn’t done anything productive since 2011 against the Rams. Murray averaged over 2 ypc last week and the one run Dunbar had was 12 yards so do the math Garret and get it together. GO COWBOYS!!!!!

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