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Garrett And New Offense Takes Risks

barber-miami-away.jpgFirst, let me just correct something I wrote yesterday.  On the 34-yard TD pass to T.O. in the fourth quarter, it was fourth and four, not third and four as previously stated.  That’s right, the Cowboys have now gone for it on fourth down three times in two games, scoring touchdowns on two of them.  I would venture to say that it would have been highly unlikely they would have attempted at least two of them with the same coaching staff and mindset from last year. 

It could be that with the defense having some injury problems and not quite performing in game one as hoped, they determined the best defense was a good offense.  But in Miami, the defense showed some resiliency and came up with some big turnovers that sparked a sluggish offense.  Whatever the case, there’s something new and refreshing in the approach that new offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, has brought to this team. 

Granted one of the fourth down tries was late in the Giants game on a 4th and one which Romo gained on a sneak and allowed the Cowboys to run-out the clock, but the other two, that’s a different story.  In game 1, facing a fourth and one from the Giants 18-yard line, down only 6-3 at that point, most teams would have simply kicked the tying field goal.  In fact, I find it safe to say that last year’s Cowboys under Bill Parcells would have most definitely done so.  Instead, they go for it with a tough-running Marion Barber, which results in a touchdown and a 10-6 lead.  Fast forward to game 2 on the road  with a 23-13 lead late in the fourth quarter, again faced with a fourth down, this time a fourth and four from the Dolphins’ 34-yard line,  they go for it again and complete a TD pass to Terrell Owens. 

Jason Garrett has brought a new offense if only in the fact that he has instilled a confidence in them to not be afraid to make a mistake and in the end, to make a big play.  Instead of the “play not to lose” philosophy of some old-school coaching schemes, he has brought a “play to win” brand of football that is totally refreshing after the previous three years.

I’m quite certain that the Cowboys will not score 35+ points-per-game, but on the other hand, is it that certain?  After watching the Patriots dismantle the Chargers last night and score 38 points and with the Cleveland Browns posting 51 against the Bengals, it’s quite possible that this year, 35+ points-per-game will be necessary if you want to win every week!

Right now, I’m not quite ready to say “Bring on the Pats”, however I am quite confident saying, “Bring on the Bears”!  And who knows, in about four weeks when the Patriots do come to Dallas, I’m hoping I can say that first one.


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