Jason Garrett is losing control, and needs to be replaced in Dallas
The Cowboys jumped out to a 26-3 lead by halftime, and should have won handily. Somehow, they let Matt Flynn and the Packers come back to win 37-36 in a series of incredibly unfortunate events.
The play calling from the Cowboys was bizarre, as Romo ended up throwing the ball 48 times in what should have been a run-heavy game. Running back DeMarco Murray was incredibly efficient, running 18 times for 134 yards and a TD, but he should have been given at least 10-12 more carries. There's really no reason the Cowboys should have been giving the Packers an opportunity to come back, yet that's exactly what they did.
With a huge lead, running the ball is a no-brainer. Somehow, the Cowboys thought differently.
At the end of the game, wide receiver Dez Bryant exited the field early and went to the locker room in what he says was a passionate moment. No matter how passionate he is, that's not the right thing to do. If Garrett had the kind of respect that he should have in the locker room, it wouldn't have happened. When asked about it on the Dan Patrick Show, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy said that Bryant never would have done that if he were the coach, because it wouldn't even have gotten to that point.
Between the play calling, the brutal loss and Bryant's early exit, it appears that Garrett has completely lost not only the respect of the players but also the ability to effectively coach the team.
After the game, Garrett threw Tony Romo under the bus, saying that he basically audibled into a pass play when a running play was called. While that might not have been the best decision by Romo, Garrett should have accepted the blame instead of heaping it on his QB. If anything, he should have taken the decision out of Romo's hands earlier in the game, forcing him to hand the ball off consistently throughout the second half.
The Cowboys have a lot of talent, but haven't done anything with it in the Jason Garrett era. It's time to make a change. We'll see if Jerry Jones can make the call.