There’s no one reason that the Dallas Cowboys offense has been struggling to put points on the board of late, but to hear head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan tell it, third down is a good place to start.
“In the last few days, we’ve done a lot of research on third down,” offensive coordinator Bill Callahan said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’ve broken it down into every category imaginable. We’ve looked at protections. We’ve looked at formations. We’ve looked at any kind of tendency we’ve created. We’ve looked at every route we’re using, utilizing. So, without going any further into that, we’ve looked at every aspect. And we’ve got to do a better job as coaches, players, we all have to do a better job and come up with a better plan to put guys in positions. That’s really the crux of it.”
The Cowboys are the third worst team in the league in terms of converting third downs, with just over a 32 percent success rate. They were 0-for-9 on third downs in last Sunday’s 49-17 loss to the Saints in New Orleans.
“Typically, what you find out is you’ve got to tweak some of the stuff and migrate to some of the stuff that’s been good to us and get rid of some of the other stuff,” Garrett said. “We’ve got to throw it better, catch it better and block it better. What you find out is we all have to do our jobs better. That’s certainly what we’ve been trying to do this week.”
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