FRISCO — Jason Garrett does an excellent job of protecting his staff on level.
While the eyes off outsiders glaze over when the Cowboys coach launches into his newest soliloquy about how all of the gamers must do is give attention to that day’s observe, it is clear the gamers have purchased into the method. He deserves credit score for serving to the Cowboys navigate final season’s brewing quarterback controversy and this season’s Ezekiel Elliott saga.
But the staff wants greater than “next man up” platitudes as it prepares for its showdown with Philadelphia. No one expects Garrett to abandon one of the major planks of his philosophy. But when the “subsequent man up” is requested to exchange left deal with Tyron Smith or linebacker Sean Lee, as they had been in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, the drop off is simply too extreme to conduct enterprise as typical.
Garrett continually tells his gamers to “management what you may management.” What Garrett and his employees should management is placing his gamers in positions to succeed.
That did not occur in opposition to the Falcons.
The failure to answer Lee’s sudden departure eight defensive snaps into the sport is troublesome, however not notably shocking. The teaching employees’s choices had been restricted at that time.
But the Cowboys ready to play Sunday’s recreation with out Smith. They knew Chaz Green would want formation and personnel badist in a means their Pro Bowl left deal with does not.
As Green started to unravel earlier than their eyes the coaches did little to fortify or alter that plan to sluggish his descent. Their refusal to tug Green from the sport till the fourth quarter smacks of a cussed refusal to acknowledge the plain greater than it does exhibiting religion in Green.
“Well, fortunately, when Tyron is playing left tackle for you, we rarely have to game plan any of that kind of stuff,” Garrett said. “You by no means actually discuss what sort of formation you are going to be in or who’s chipping.
“Tyron has simply been a dominant participant for us at that spot. So a part of the sport plan this week was to badist our tackles on this recreation, notably left deal with, getting his first begin over there, whether or not it was with the formation use or with the again.
“Again, we did not do it 100 p.c of the time. The instances we did not do it, it harm us. It normally is not an enormous concern for us, week in and week out, due to Tyron’s play over there all through his profession.”
Garrett’s resolve is one among his biggest strengths as a coach, nevertheless it may also be one among his biggest weaknesses. He locations a lot belief within the unemotional evaluation and preparation that goes right into a recreation he is detest to budge as soon as the sport is underway if it is not working.
There’s an opportunity Smith returns for Sunday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Eagles. It’s slim. At this stage, the Cowboys should put together that they may once more be with out him.
Green cannot begin. He was so unhealthy in opposition to the Falcons that Garrett should take away him from the scenario as a way to construct his confidence again up. That means going into the sport with veteran Byron Bell and a plan that offers him extra constant badist than the teaching employees was prepared to offer Green.
Sources say it is doubtless that Lee will miss the following three video games. They should adapt there as properly.
“Obviously, when your front line players go out you have to be able to continue to play and be effective,” Garrett said. “We merely need to play higher when he is not in there.
“It’s not solely in opposition to the run, nevertheless it’s in opposition to the cross. We’ll proceed to take a look at that, the personnel that we’ve in there, what we’re asking them to do and simply seeing in the event that they’re able to doing it on a constant foundation.
“Again, we’re evaluating that. We have to ensure we get higher in that space.”
What the protection has finished throughout Lee’s absence this season hasn’t been working. Look for veteran Justin Durant to be lively and get vital enjoying time in opposition to the Eagles. Look for Jaylon Smith to have a lowered function.
“You’ve got to fight, man,” tight end Jason Witten said of what this team must do going forward. “You’ve received to battle your tail off to discover a approach to compete.”
Fight is not the issue for the Cowboys underneath Garrett.
Adapting on the fly has been.
“Next man up” stays legitimate. But the gamers want extra from their head coach this week.
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