Much has been made of the Cowboys’ decision to go for a Hail Mary as time ran out on the first half of Sunday night’s 13-7 season opening loss in Washington, and with good reason. The ill-conceived play ended, as we all know by now, in the Redskins’ only touchdown of the evening, sending Dallas into half down ten, rather than three.
Both Head Coach Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett have taken the blame for the decision, while many wonder--and pardon our lack of eloquence here--what the hell is going on at Valley Ranch? From all we can tell, the call came from Garrett; Phillips okayed it. But after reports surfaced indicating that Phillips wanted greater authority over the team as a whole (read: Garrett’s offense) and Garrett asserted that it was all his fault, it seemed that the coach and the coordinator were on different pages entirely. Which is a worrisome thought for Cowboys fans.
Jerry Jones isn’t worried at all, though. After one game--albeit an ugly, ugly game--the owner and general manager is as confident as ever in moving forward with the paradigm in place since the 2007 season.
"We've got something that really works here," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I said before the season started, the continuity, the fact that those two coaches [Phillips and Garrett] have been working together for four years is a good thing, and we'd benefit from it.
"We didn't have that kind of result the other night, but I don't think that's a pattern or something that concerns me about the future."
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