The Dallas Cowboys first team offense was on the field for 11 plays in Monday night’s preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders, and they managed just 22 yards. The group also allowed Tony Romo to be sacked, never a welcome sight in any preseason game, but especially the first preseason game. Assessing the offense’s No. 1s afterward, Jason Garrett said pretty much what we already knew.
“Not real good,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We didn’t play with great rhythm. We didn’t run it as well as we need to and didn’t drive it as well as we need to.
“I think the self-inflicted wounds were a part of that.”
The aforementioned stat line is actually worse than it seems. Aside from a 24-yard hook-up from Romo to Dez Bryant, the offense lost two yards. Not good, obviously, but Jerry Jones didn’t seem ready to panic when, after the game, he was asked if he was concerned about his starting offense.
“Ideally, you’d like to have gone down and gotten one in the end zone, but the answer is no,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “I really liked what I saw individually from the offensive line and I had a chance to sit with John Madden and watch the offensive line in the second half and that’s his specialty there, where he likes to look, and he saw some of our guys do good.”
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