Answers for Cowboys' offensive woes must come from within
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FRISCO, Texas — The first reaction to a plan that’s not working is to burn the whole thing down. Fire everybody. Rip out that play from the playbook and put in a different one.
That’s the emotion talking.
Next comes the more rational approach. Analyze what worked well and what didn’t and make adjustments going forward.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn’t do the first reaction. Ever. He did not upbraid Randy Gregory after the defensive end’s unnecessary-roughness penalty that cost the Cowboys three points at the end of the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
How would the coaches he is most often tied to — Nick Saban and Jimmy Johnson — have reacted? That’s an easier answer.
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Garrett likes to take the emotion out of it and look at things objectively. There is nothing wrong with that thinking, even though it does not soothe the feelings of upset fans.
As Garrett looks at the Cowboys offense after three weeks, where do