There are times when the fact that Jason Garrett went to Princeton is an afterthought and there are other times when the Cowboy coach's alma mater is prominent in the mind.
It can happen in many forms, with Wednesday's example checking the box for "What kind of grade do they hand out in Princeton for an answer like that?
At his Wednesday news conference, Garrett was asked about wide receiver Dez Bryant's terrible game against the Seahawks. His answer lacked the kind of insight we would imagine they look for inside the ivy-covered walls of the Ivy League.
"Dez was open on a couple situations where we weren't able to get him the ball, open on a couple situations where he didn't finish the play himself," Garrett said, as reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "So I think if we convert on a few of those things, I think we look at his game a little differently against Seattle."
Maybe it sounds better in the original Latin.
Because, in English, it reads sort of like a student heading for an F. "So, Professor, in conclusion I submit that President Lincoln would not have been assassinated if he had not gone to Ford's Theatre on the same night that John Wilkes Booth was performing in a play."
The issue isn't that the game would look different if Bryant and the Cowboys had played better. We already knew that. The issue is how to get Bryant and the rest of the Cowboys to play better on a more consistent basis. All of the crispness from the Giants game was gone.
Bryant jumps out in particular from the Seattle game because of the drops. He's also always a guy that feels capable of being the best receiver in the league and the worst receiver in the league on consecutive plays. While he's hardly the first flighty receiver in the league and the pluses generally outweigh the minuses, the biggest answer the Cowboys need is how to make the light stay on more frequently.
Kidding above aside, we don't actually expect Garrett to give expansive thoughts on the topic during a press conference. We're just hoping he's doing so somewhere because the prospect of him being as befuddled as the rest of us doesn't bode well for the Cowboys this season.