Wade Phillips has officially left the building, but stepping into his role will be former Dallas Cowboys back up quarterback and offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett. What can Garrett bring to this offense? Will he change the struggling defense? Is he really prepared for this position?
Keep the questions coming because between now and kickoff on Sunday against the New York Giants, the Cowboys will become the new Brett Favre of the media. Every second will be scrutinized. Every play the team runs in practice will be questioned. No one is going to side with owner Jerry Jones and his “fan like decisions.”
This team has gone from desperate to hopeless, but can things possibly change?
Can the Cowboys turn their troubled season around?
Could they be the next coming of the Tennessee Titans from ’09?
What can Garrett do to fix this entire mess?
Here are some ideas!
1.) Focus – Just say this word over and over again. It gets you pumped up and ready to go. The Dallas Cowboys have shown little to no focus all season. Silly turnovers, mental errors and mistakes, as well as not smart fundamental football has plagued this team big time. What Garrett needs to implement right away is a new Cowboys attitude. He needs to get this team back to basics, which was what supposedly what Phillips tried last week before their epic collapse against the Green Bay Packers. If the Cowboys can focus all week by studying film, correcting careless mistakes, practicing much harder than usual, then things can turn around. Don’t expect a major turnaround, such as an eight game winning streak, but something along the lines of focusing more than they did in September and October.
2.) Pass Protection – Garrett has been scrutinized all season over his play calls, so this time he better get it right because he is now the head coach. With quarterback Tony Romo sidelined and Jon Kitna under center, the Cowboys offensive line needs provide more protection for their gunslinger. Kitna has been rushed out of the pocket, sacked and intercepted multiple times since he stepped onto the Cowboys Stadium turf back in October, but has appeared lost, confused and uncertain at times. If he can get more protection then this so called, “dangerous offense” could actually compete against their remaining opponents.
3.) Run Game – The Cowboys have three great running backs… well … I don’t know if I would use the term “great,” but they could be described that way if their production improved. This offense has been reluctant to run the ball, which has put so much pressure on Kitna to find any open target. If Garrett can return to a balanced offensive attack, it would not only take the load of the aging Kitna, but also, keep his struggling defense off the field. Marion Barber and Felix Jones this season have combined for 513 yards and two touchdowns. Certainly, expectations were much higher for these two backs, but why hasn’t Tashard Choice seen more action? The running game needs to change immediately. The Giants are second against stopping the run, so that could pose for some challenges.
Overall, these are just a few things that need to be adjusted. Of course, the list could go on and on, but if the Cowboys can figure out a way to get back to basics, things might work out with Garrett at the helm.