Jason Garrett not second guessing his decision to punt

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Jerry Jones questioned Jason Garrett’s decision to punt on fourth-and-one from the Houston 42-yard line in overtime. But Garrett isn’t second guessing it, even though the Cowboys never saw the ball again as the Texans kicked a game-winning field goal.

Garrett, who said he explained his thought process to the Cowboys owner, was asked about his decision multiple times in multiple ways Monday.

“I think the reasoning is the same,” Garrett said. “We’ve been aggressive going for it on fourth down. That’s been a good thing for us. But not every fourth-down situation is the same. I think we’re on the 42-yard line. It was a long 1. I was standing right there. So it was probably a hard and a half when we had it. We had a play that we liked. Unfortunately, they did a good job coming in and stuffing that. Actually we probably lost a little bit on the third-down play. So it got you to fourth and really kind of close to 2. We just felt like in that situation, the way our defense was playing [it was the right decision].

“. . .They had seven or eight possessions in a row where we stopped them. Certainly when they had the ball back in their own territory, starting inside the 25-yard line, they didn’t cash in on anything. It just made sense to us, to me at that time, to go ahead and play field position. Give [punter] Chris Jones a chance to trap them on the 10-yard line. Let’s go play defense. Physically over the course of the game, we were really wearing them out. Our defensive line was getting to their runner, was getting to the quarterback. They weren’t really effective driving the ball or scoring points. We just felt like at that point, that’s the way we wanted to play it.”

Garrett went for it on fourth-and-one from the Detroit 3 in the third quarter of their Week Four game, later explaining, “When you have a belief in the guys up front and you can hand the ball to 21 [Ezekiel Elliott], and you feel good about that, that’s really where the decision-making process starts.”

Since Elliott joined the Cowboys in 2016, the Cowboys have converted 18-of-19 fourth-and-1 situations, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.

But since Garrett became the team’s head coach, the Cowboys have faced fourth down and 3 or fewer yards in a competitive game — within two scores — across midfield 92 times, according to Jared Dubin of CBS. Garrett punted 17 times, tried a field goal 47 times and, despite having a 75 percent success rate, chose to go for it only 28 times.

Jones said after Sunday’s game he felt the situation called for “risks at that particular time.”

42 responses to “Jason Garrett not second guessing his decision to punt

  1. The only first, second, and third guessing that needs doing is why the heck Jerry still keeps this loser around.

  2. I thought both defenses played tough all game but with Elliot in the backfield or even have Dax run it seemed like a no brainer….

  3. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    The only first, second, and third guessing that needs doing is why the heck Jerry still keeps this loser around
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    Because he’s the best coach that Jerry can put in puppet strings.

    I think Jerry Jones and his son are good GMs. They put talented squads on the field. Their Achilles heel is not hiring an elite head coach and staying out the way of that coach.

  4. You play to win the game. The defense was getting torched between the 20’s all night. You have to roll dice there.

  5. Defense was playing well offense wasnt took his chances and lost. If Prescott was a better QB they would have gone for it or probably just won the game in regulation.

  6. He doesn’t have to second guess himself. If Jerry Jones wasn’t second guessing why he hasn’t fired Garrett and Linehan yet, he is now. Garrett’s rope is shorter than ever.

  7. I don’t think it would have made a difference if they tried,. The Texans were going to win anyway

  8. Cowboys going nowhere with Garrett at the helm. He has had more than enough chances. Time for a fresh start

  9. It was too far to try another field goal so just quit, don’t make a decision! Garrett gave up on the spot!

  10. Richard Nguyen says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    The only first, second, and third guessing that needs doing is why the heck Jerry still keeps this loser around.

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    The real question is why Jerruh keeps himself around!!! He has shown he is a complete failure as a GM.

  11. Laughable that this guy still has a job. But seeing that Jerrah is the owner it makes perfect sense.When you’re in OT on 4th down you GO for it . but it’s ok if it’s a really long inch I suppose. Clown.

  12. Just fire him already. Promote Marinelli to interim coach and bring Dez back. We will do nothing with these two clowns (Garret and Linehan). Richard is a good candidate fro HC next year.

  13. greatwallofdallas says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    You play to win the game. The defense was getting torched between the 20’s all night.

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    THAT’S the biggest hole in Garrett’s logic. The Cowboys’ defense had been doing a *great* job of keeping the Texans out of the end zone, but this wasn’t about a touchdown! The Texans had been getting into field-goal range all day, and that’s all they needed to do here to win the game.

    I would rather see my team lose by going for something bold than see them stuck in this purgatory of playing it safe. Look at the league right now – this is a gunslinger’s league. Cowboys have enough talent to be a bold team. They just need to do it.

  14. And that is why he fails. I don’t understand why coaches can’t admit when they make a mistake. That was a HUGE mistake that everyone saw and understood. I’d rather lose trying to win then tie. Reich has the right mentality.

  15. Should have gone for it! Defense was giving up plays just not tds. They would not be able keep them out of fg range!

  16. How in the world is Jason Garrett still the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys? He should have been fired years ago. Him and Tomlin. I don’t get it.

  17. fire Carrott and Linehan and hire Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan, problem solved as he will improve Dak and the offence by leaps and bounds.

  18. If I have Ezekiel Elliott on my team,I’m going for it on 4th and 1 or 2 every time. At the same time,once again, a team member,the OWNER,is voicing his disappointment to the media about Garrett’s decision to punt. Fine. He doesn’t agree. Tell Garrett,not the reporters…

  19. Same situation as last week.Indy has it 4th anda 4 and went for it,the Texans stopped them.If they make it,it still doesnt guarsntee they score.Watson made another big play in OT just like last week,Dallas wasnt moving the ball against houston too mucho anyway.

  20. coach garrett over-thought this one but that doesn’t mean he can’t learn. he’s the best learner there is, he just has learned much up to now.

  21. The decision to punt there is statistically wrong 100% of the time at any point in a football game. Especially for the team that built an offense around a running back.

  22. Garrett is a big part but not the only part of this trainwreck:

    QB lacks the instincts and feel of an NFL QB, got away with it in college because he was a good athlete. Think of him as a poor mans Tebow. He simply needs to go too.
    The Witten loss was huge
    The Frederick loss was huge
    This team simply can’t sustain anything offensively and is bordering on the futile. They are goin nowhere so Jerry should get a head start and fire garrett and try to unload prescott for a 4th rd pick and garner ammo to move up and get a real QB

  23. What difference would a new coach make? Every Dallas follower knows Jones calls the shots and will only hire a puppet coach.

  24. The Truth says:
    October 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Garrett is a big part but not the only part of this trainwreck:

    QB lacks the instincts and feel of an NFL QB, got away with it in college because he was a good athlete. Think of him as a poor mans Tebow. He simply needs to go too.
    The Witten loss was huge
    The Frederick loss was huge
    This team simply can’t sustain anything offensively and is bordering on the futile. They are goin nowhere so Jerry should get a head start and fire garrett and try to unload prescott for a 4th rd pick and garner ammo to move up and get a real QB

    I’m not high on Dak either, but he does not deserve to be called a poor man’s Tebow when Dak’s 3x better than that trash (which still isn’t saying much).

  25. Once Garrett finally gets fired he will never be a head coach in the NFL again….
    why would anybody want this guy ?
    Maybe Denver as they will be looking for a new coach….soon

  26. Jones needs go hire a real coach, but his ego will not allow it.
    He stinks and so will that franchise until he dies or its sold.
    His son is an idiot and clueless to boot. Can you blame him with Jerry as his old man?

  27. Idiot.

    The defense was stopping them in the red zone but did a poor job in the middle of the field. You had a timeout. Get them out there and see if you can get them to jump offsides.

  28. I just read through this blog and there are more spot-on comments explaining how the coach blundered this than any other blog I have ever seen here. He put his team in the best possible situation to not win without considering any other scenario than go or punt. It was like he did not trust his center to understand not to snap the ball under any scenario rather than line up and draw a meaningless 5 yd penalty trying to get other side to jump. And by the way, Houston in no way would have assumed Dallas was not trying for the yard–meaning this was not one of those meaningless situations where defense knows the ball isn’t going to get snapped.

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