Jason Garrett is continuing to stick with Scott Linehan as the play-caller, preferring to look at the total failure of the Cowboys offense instead of pinning the blame in one spot.
“We’re not going to go down that road right now,” Garrett said when asked about a possible change in coordinators, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I have a lot of confidence in Scott Linehan. He’s been an outstanding coordinator in this league for a long time. He’s been an outstanding coordinator for us. And he’s been an outstanding play-caller for us.
”What we need to do is get better on offense and we have to constantly look at ourselves as coaches first at the positions we’re putting our players in with our game plans.”
Not only is Jason Garrett standing beside Scott Linehan, but so is Jerry Jones. And for what it’s worth, having his support is more important than anyone else’s.
“I like our players,” Jones said in his weekly radio interview on 105.3 The Fan. “I like our coaching staff.
”It’s never, when you lose a game and you come in on Monday, it’s never as bad as it seems as far as the players doing some of the things you do, you can always find some bright spots. The opposite is true when you win. You can go in and be surprised at some of the things you can improve on. That’s just the nature of what we’re doing.
“I think your question is, have I hit the panic button? The answer is no.”
Lost among all the other bad headlines and talking points from Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks is the fact that Sean Lee went down with a hamstring injury that will once again make him miss time.
After the 24-13 loss, Lee said, “I’ll get an eval from the docs (Monday) and see where we’re at. Hopefully it will be a quick turnaround.”
Lee missed five games last season with hamstring issues. He was limited in his work during the organized team activities, minicamp and training camp with the idea of keeping him fresh for the regular season. He has missed 10 games in his career due to hamstring injuries.
The NFL is discussing the roughing the passer rule after so many penalties being called. Tyrone Crawford, for one, is grateful.
Tyrone Crawford doesn’t want to engage in a running dispute with the NFL. He understands and agrees with the league’s thrust to improve player safety.
But the Cowboys defensive tackle is just one of many defenders around the league encouraged that NFL officials intend to take another look at what constitutes a roughing-the-passer penalty these days.
”You grow up hitting and going full speed,” Crawford said in a conference call with local reporters Tuesday. “You know one way to do it.
“I mean, when you’ve been doing something your whole life it’s hard to change, especially now at this point in our career.”
Right now it might be hard to think positive thoughts about the Cowboys, but it should be some consolation that DeMarcus Lawrence is still a fantastic pass rusher. He is third in the NFL in pressures so far.
Khalil Mack and Jerry Hughes lead all edge defenders in total pressures so far this season. pic.twitter.com/gN3LCsoel6— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 24, 2018
The Tank isn’t the only member of this defense that is playing lights out. Byron Jones, who finally switched back to cornerback in the offseason, has been justifying that switch in a big way so far.
After 3 weeks, Byron Jones has the highest season defensive grade among CBs with a 91.0. Jones is tied for the 7th highest defense grade among all defensive players with at least 50 snaps. #CowboysNation— PFF DAL Cowboys (@PFF_Cowboys) September 24, 2018
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Some more roster churning occurred on Tuesday as the Cincinnati Bengals signed Adolphus Washington off of the Cowboys’ practice squad. As a response, the Cowboys made some moves of their own.
The Cowboys released recently-acquired defensive lineman Aziz Shittu to free up a seat for Washington, but will now re-sign Caraun Reid to the team, via David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. In a bit of a roster twist, Reid will head to the active roster to replace Datone Jones, who is on his way to injured reserve with a hamstring injury that could require surgery. The Cowboys initially intended for Jones to land there before the season began with a knee injury, but they’d lose the option of bringing back a released Brian Price following a Oakland Raiders’ waiver claim. Many suspected the Cowboys would bring back Reid at that time, but they didn’t, and now they have.
The woes of the passing offense for Dallas have been well-documented, but what is the solution? Perhaps it could be new addition and lone bright spot Tavon Austin.
In Week One, Austin had just 10 offensive snaps. That increased to 18 snaps against the New York Giants the following game, where he had a huge 64-yard touchdown reception on the opening series. This past Sunday, Austin played just 19 offensive snaps, recording a short touchdown reception and an impressive 18-yard run.
Tavon Austin has been a game changer whenever given the opportunity. The problem is that the Dallas Cowboys have never played him more than 34 percent of the time on the offensive side of the ball. The Cowboys must increase Austin’s snaps to help ignite this stagnant passing attack as he’s been the only consistent playmaker on their wide receiver corps.