Jerry Jones says no sweeping changes in the wake of the worst loss of the Jason Garrett Era.
Status quo on offensive play-calling. More balls to Dez Bryant. More man-to-man coverage in the secondary. Otherwise during the Bye it’ll be about getting healthy.
On one hand the Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East. On the other, well, you know. 5-5. 32nd-worst pass defense in the NFL. Sorry, Jeff Heath, but if I’m the Cowboys I spend the off week finding a safety who can find the ball in the air and tackle a ball-carrier to the ground.
Working out Michael Huff is a start.
Can Will Allen really be that bad? From Week 1 starter to worse than an undrafted rookie free agent who got repeatedly exposed on national television?
And, look, the Texans just released veteran safety Ed Reed. Even Marcus Spears, recently cut by the Ravens, has to be considered in the wake of the Saints treating Dallas’ defensive line like the junior varsity.
No doubt Sunday night was embarrassing, even for an organization with only one playoff win since 1996. Garrett has coached the Cowboys for 50 games, with a record of 26-24. Sunday was only his third loss of 20+ points and, undoubtedly, it’s the worst of his career. Even more frustrating, the worst of Garrett’s worst have come on the biggest stages.
The Bottom 5:
5. 10.1.12 – Bears 34, at Cowboys 18: Romo throws five picks in Monday Night Football debacle.
4. 1.1.12 – at Giants 31, Cowboys 14: Playing for the NFC East title on a Sunday night, they stumble out of gate and fall behind, 21-0.
3. 10.30.11 – at Eagles 34, Cowboys 7: Only a late 70-yard touchdown catch by Laurent Robinson avoids the shutout on Sunday Night Football.
2. 11.22.12 – at Redskins 38, Cowboys 31: Robert Griffin III makes Thanksgiving turkeys of defense as Dallas falls behind at halftime, 28-3.
1. 11.10.13 – at Saints 49, Cowboys 17: Defense allows franchise-worst 625 yards and NFL-record 40 first downs in prime time.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.