Still annoyed by the play calling against Denver on Sunday? Of course you are. If you’re like me, you stay angry about all the annoying thing that happened during the game until the NEXT game, when you are presented with a whole NEW batch of dropped balls and miserable play calls to bitch about. It’s the beauty of football fandom.
Anyway, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has heard your criticism of his play calling at the end of the Broncos game, and he dismisses your concerns with a firm wave of his hand. After all, he went to Princeton. He studied Latin. He understands throwing to Sam Hurd on a level you can’t possibly fathom with your fifth-rate Nicholls State education.
"We had no intention of going at Champ Bailey and no intention of shying away from him," Garrett said. "The way he plays gives you opportunities. He takes away some things but allows you to complete some passes, too.”
He does? Because my stats show that no Cowboys wideout caught more than three balls on Sunday. Bailey finished the game with eight tackles and a pick, so I’d say the payoff for going right at him isn’t quite as pronounced as you make it out to be. I’d say the idea of throwing to Bailey’s side of the field is too clever by three quarters.
"He's an awfully good football player. We made some plays on him and he made some plays on us."
Again, this is wrong. The only big play a Cowboy wideout made all day was Hurd’s big catch to get Dallas down to the goal line at the end. Hurd was covered by Andre’ Goodman on the play. Hey, what do you know? When you throw to someone who is NOT covered by Champ Bailey, good things happen!
"It was an all-out blitz twice," Garrett said. "That gave us a chance to block it up and have one-on-one coverage across the board.
"You work the ones [plays] you like the best. Sam did a good job.
No, he didn’t. He dropped the ball.
I hate it when coaches and team officials do this. I hate it when they try and tell me something that is clearly wrong and expect me to accept it. Fans are smarter that, and you don’t need a Princeton degree to figure it out.