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Should Jerry take some things off of Jason's plate?

While Garrett has only been the head coach of the Cowboys since the 9th game of the 2010 season, Jason has been calling plays for the Dallas Cowboys since 2007. Tony Romo has been the quarterback for all but 13 of those games. Jason Witten has played in every game. Miles Austin has missed 10 games since 2007, but did not really become a force on offense until 2009.

Other than those three players, every player currently on offense has been added after Jason Garrett was brought in by Jerry Jones to either coach the team or be the offensive coordinator. Garrett called his first play in a 45-35 defeat of the New York Giants on September 9th, 2007.

Since then the Cowboys have performed well on offense.

Rank

Team

Total yards

Yards per game

1

New Orleans Saints

36,447

400.5

2

New England Patriots

36,246

398.3

3

Houston Texans

34,062

374.3

4

Dallas Cowboys

33,721

370.6

5

Philadelphia Eagles

33,607

369.3

6

Green Bay Packers

33,598

369.2

7

New York Giants

33,163

364.4

8

San Diego Chargers

32,576

358.0

9

Denver Broncos

32,295

354.9

10

Indianapolis Colts

31,843

349.9

From the time that Jason Garrett has been calling plays, only the Saints, Patriots, and Texans have accumulated more yards. The Cowboys offense shares championship pedigree, as three of the teams in the top ten have won Super Bowls since 2007, with two others winning Super Bowls a few years earlier.

Dallas' offense has obviously accumulated most of its yards through the air.

Rank

Team

Total pass yards

Pass yards per game

1

New Orleans Saints

26,629

292.6

2

New England Patriots

24,880

273.4

3

Green Bay Packers

24,039

264.2

4

Dallas Cowboys

23,690

260.3

5

Indianapolis Colts

23,301

256.1

6

Houston Texans

23,080

253.6

7

San Diego Chargers

22,620

248.6

8

Philadelphia Eagles

22,279

244.8

9

Detroit Lions

22,067

242.5

10

New York Giants

21,772

239.3

The Cowboys passing attack seems to be Super Bowl caliber, as two of the top three teams have won a Super Bowl since 2007, and Indianapolis won the prior year. Note the difference in passing yards from the top team (292.6 yards per game) to the tenth team (239.3 yards per game): 53.3 yards per game.

The Cowboys are well entrenched in the bottom half of the NFL in running the ball since 2007.

Rank

Team

Total rush yards

Rush yards per game

1

Minnesota Vikings

12,769

140.3

2

Carolina Panthers

12,201

134.1

3

New York Jets

11,732

128.9

4

Jacksonville Jaguars

11,454

125.9

5

New York Giants

11,391

125.2

6

New England Patriots

11,366

124.9

7

Philadelphia Eagles

11,328

124.5

8

Baltimore Ravens

11,318

124.4

9

Oakland Raiders

11,287

124.0

10

Tennessee Titans

11,241

123.5

21

Dallas Cowboys

10,031

110.2

Once again proving that success in the NFL has a great deal to do with the quality of the quarterback, among the top ten rushing teams since 2007, only the Giants have won a Super Bowl. Only New York and New England have even made it to the Super Bowl (each made it twice) since 2007.

Astoundingly, the difference between the fourth best rushing team and the tenth best rushing team is only 5.4 yards per game. The difference between the Cowboys (21st) and the Vikings (1st) is only 30.1 rush yards per game. The difference between the Saints passing attack (1st), and that of the Cowboys (4th) is 32.3 passing yards per game.

But NFL games are won (and lost) by the number of points a team scores. Since Jason Garrett has taken over the offense, only seven teams in the NFL have scored more points than the Dallas Cowboys. With an 18-point win on Sunday, the Cowboys would probably move up to sixth on this list.

Rank

Team

Total points

Points per game

1

New England Patriots

2,864

31.5

2

New Orleans Saints

2,591

28.5

3

Green Bay Packers

2,536

27.9

4

San Diego Chargers

2,397

26.3

5

New York Giants

2,295

25.2

6

Houston Texans

2,231

24.5

7

Philadelphia Eagles

2,200

24.2

8

Dallas Cowboys

2,183

24.0

9

Indianapolis Colts

2,151

23.6

10

Atlanta Falcons

2,123

23.3

Since Garrett started calling plays, there have been five Super Bowls played. Only two teams that have played in those Super Bowls (Arizona and Pittsburgh) do not appear on the list of teams that have scored the most points since 2007.

There is correlation between offenses that have success passing the ball and scoring. There is also correlation between teams that score a lot of points and winning.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys defense has ranked 16th in passing yards since 2007. Correspondingly, the Dallas defense is ranked 15th in points permitted over that same time period.

The notion that Jason Garrett is an ineffective play caller is not based on the offensive numbers collected by the Cowboys. Since Jason has begun calling plays, the Cowboys are 52-39, and have won one playoff game.

From 1996, the season after the Cowboys last won the Super Bowl, to 2006, the season before Jason Garrett took over play calling duties; Dallas has accumulated an underwhelming 83-93 record. Over those eleven seasons, the Cowboys were 1-5 in the playoffs.

While Jerry may be grasping for answers, replacing Garrett as the play caller may be misguided.

How out of character for the Cowboys' head football guy...

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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