DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – The Dallas Cowboys lost 19-13 in overtime on Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals. To date, it’s still unclear which is more painful: the actual loss or how they lost.
Head coach Jason Garrett called a timeout just a millisecond before kicker Dan Bailey sailed a 49-yard field goal through the uprights for what would have been, in all intents and purposes, the game-winning score at the end of regulation.
Many were left wondering: what possessed Garrett to call a time out after the Cowboys spiked the ball with seven seconds left in regulation? And why would Garrett not run at least another play or two in the first place, to get Bailey closer than 49 yards.
It doesn’t help bolster any support for Garrett’s decision when according to Elias Sports Bureau, “the average conversion on 49-yard field goals this season is 52.2 percent.”
That number doesn’t bode very well.
Unfortunately, for Dallas, Garrett’s questionable, hair-pulling time out call cost his team the win, as Bailey’s second 49-yard attempt went wide left.
Immediately after the game, Garrett was adamant about having no regrets regarding the decisions he made in the final crucial 25 seconds of the fourth quarter, saying, “Well, we felt pretty good about where we were. Once you get to that 30-yard line, we felt like that was a pretty good opportunity for us.”
Clearly aggravated by the result, team owner/general manager Jerry Jones also spoke after the game, saying, “My understanding is, the explanation I got is it was to let time run off the clock. I’m not going to agree or disagree right here. But the point is it was to let time run off the clock.”
So, now, two days later, would Jones admit that Garrett flat-out made a mistake and turn his back on him after he’s been notoriously and staunchly supportive of his team’s head coach?
According to Jones, who joined me on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Tuesday morning, not so.
When asked if he had any problems with the time out, the subsequent freezing of the kicker, as many critics accused Garrett of doing, and Garrett’s general game management, Jones adamantly said, “Not at all,” while somberly including, “We lost that game in my mind because early [in the game] we didn’t take advantage of field position. I’m very sick for us to have been in that spot [final seconds of regulation] to begin with. It’s very disappointing.”
At any point in the game, did the Cowboys coaching staff lose faith in the offense?
Jones added, “No, not at all.”
Incidentally, Jones also put to rest any notions that the Cowboys have communications issues on the field, saying, “No. No. I don’t think we are out of whack,” further insinuating that all fronts, including himself, are on the same page when it comes to what plays out on the field.
The 7-5 Cowboys host the 6-6 New York Giants in an NFC East showdown at Cowboys Stadium next Sunday.
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