PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 7: Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sideline during their NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys 20-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said Wednesday that penalties are greatly to blame for the team’s recent red zone struggles, an idea that seems clear after last Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Redskins in Washington. That game ended when an Alex Barron hold negated what may have been a game-winning touchdown as time ran out.
It was Barron’s third holding penalty of the night, and the 12th for Dallas.
"You keep making that emphasis, Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “You keep making that emphasis. It’s not an effort issue. A lot of our penalties that are happening during a play are guys working hard to make a block or to do their job.
"Technically at times, it isn’t right and we get ourselves in compromising positions and make those penalties. It’s something we continue to address."
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