It sickens me to even write about topics like this, because deep down I feel like I shouldn't ever have to. But alas, what we know is that it has been done. You can see Garrett right now saying "stand tall in the pocket", and whatever else he's trying to change the Cowboys offense to become.
I was discussing the heartbreak of this past season with my nephew (also a Cowboy fan) and we came to the conclusion that this was a big flaw in the offense: No sticking with the running game enough, and not enough play action. Defenses just knew too much for us to have success, and Garrett gave them unfare advantages that took our ability to convert on offense effectively enough to be the threat we were early last year.
Talking about last year, My nephew and I argued with each other about another point that was a little bit interesting- Julius Jones. He argued that Julius was terrible (he was right) but I argued a different slant. Him being on the team with Barber had defenses worried about our running offense. No, I am not saying Julius was a "Huge" threat, but I am saying that defenses we played against had to worry about our running game more than they did this year because we were more committed to it. Because of this "worry" by the defenses we faced, it made it easier on the wide recievers, and definitely gave more opportunities for play action.
Tony Romo is a great "play action" quarterback. We really didn't use alot of play action this year (big mistake on offense), and that simply happened because of our "pass to set up the run" mentality. My nephew and I ended up coming to the conclusion that Romo needs to be Romo. the things he does well, other quarterbacks can't even think of doing. a good coach will use his players strengths, not try to change the player to become something he is not.