Sometimes The Dallas Morning News' Sportswriter Calvin Watkins is "off base," but sometimes the man is "on point."
I must say that his article today regarding the playcalling in our Cowboys’ 10-6 loss to Philly yesterday was more the latter (wonder if he’d been reading Grizz’s stellar analysis).
But here’s some interesting numbers that should be taken into account (and for the record, I was off in my comment last night where I said we passed 36 times and ran 13 times)...
Of the Cowboys' 55 offensive plays, they ran 15 times.
At one point in the second half, the Cowboys threw on 16 of 17 plays.
Prior to yesterday’s lowest scoring output, here’s where our ranking running the ball stood:
Entering this week's games, the Cowboys had the fourth-best rushing offense in the NFL at 118.8 yards per game.
And hopefully the rock-bottom abyss for 2007 was reached (never to sink lower, knock on wood)...
As a team, the Cowboys rushed for a season-low 53 yards, the lowest output since gaining 58 against Detroit to close the 2006 season.
Finally, Watkins capsulized my frustrations in the final quarter, echoing my sentiments with what transpired with less than 8 minutes left in the game.
Trailing 10-6 with 7:43 remaining, Barber carried for 3 yards. Romo followed by attempting to pass seven times. He was sacked three times, scrambled once, completed two passes for 22 yards and was intercepted, which ended the evening for the Cowboys offense.
Red Ball could’ve taken notes from the Eagles sidelines.
In a close game, the Eagles showed Garrett what to do.
Philadelphia rushed 27 times for 134 yards...
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love our young OC/Genius - Jason "Red Ball" Garrett... but I would've just preferred at least 8-10 more running plays called.
However, to his defense, Garrett made the point clear that our offense could have executed better. True and very true.
But I still would've loved to see more running plays called in the final quarter, especially because we were only down by four and Cory Procter couldn't block an artery if he were plaque.
After all that Red Ball has helped us accomplish thus far, he does deserve free pass -- to echo Dave "Grizz" Halprin's sentiments.
That was my main beef as the Monday Morning Armchair Quarterback.
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