One noticeable difference in the Cowboys the past two weeks _ both wins under interim coach Jason Garrett_ has been a greater emphasis on the running game. The Cowboys ran the ball 57 times the past two games combined, more than they had any back to back games during the first eight weeks when Garrett was the offensive coordinator under now fired coach Wade Phillips.
Garrett said he's called the game differently because the situations have been different, as the Cowboys have played with the lead more rather than trailing as they often did during their 1-7 start. He said the Cowboys have also taken better care of the ball, something they did last year when they went 11-5 and were unable to do at the start of this season.
"It's always been an emphasis for us to understand the importance of the football." Garrett said. "I think we've done it better recently. It's really important to take care of the ball. We did a very good job of that last year. To be honest with you, we haven't done as good of a job of that this year, up until the last few weeks. It's really an important part of the game. it's been a huge emphasis for us. It's going to continue to be an important emphasis for us because it affects the game so much, offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. You have to take care of the football, you have to get the football when you're on defense. We'll keep emphasizing that. I think that pervades our entire football team. I think it allows us in each of the areas to play that much better."