Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has come under fire for his refusal to be aggressive in Sunday's overtime Week 5 loss to the Houston Texans, and owner Jerry Jones is among the critics.
Facing a fourth-and-one situation from the Houston 42, Garrett sent out the punting team. This is despite having the league's best offensive line and a world class running back in Ezekiel Elliott. The Texans marched down the field and kicked the game-winning field goal, and Dallas moved to 2-3.
"We were being outplayed. It's time for risks at that particular time," Jones said, according to the Cowboys official website.
Dallas was coming off a much-needed comeback win at home vs. the Detroit Lions in Week 4, but the offense returned to its mediocre form against the Texans. Still, it makes sense to hand the ball off to your star running back; trusting he and the offensive line to pick up that one yard. Garrett's decision to remain conservative backfired, and it led to another frustrating loss.
Garrett took over as head coach of the Cowboys in the midst of the 2010 season, leading the team to a 5-3 finish and retaining the lead gig the following year. Dallas has only made the playoffs twice under Garrett, however, and they only have one playoff victory to show for it.
The 52-year-old Garrett deserves plenty of credit for building up one of the best and most flashy offenses in the NFL. However, expectations are always high for America's Team, and the Cowboys simply haven't delivered enough in big time situations under Garrett's watch.
Dallas was the top team in the NFC two seasons ago with a 13-3 record, but they regressed and went just 9-7 last season. If the offense doesn't regain its form - and if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the third time in four years - Jones may decide it's time to make a head coaching change.