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December 05, 2011

Jason Garrett has a tough time explaining decision to 'clock' the ball

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team is trying to figure out the process behind Tony Romo’s clocking of the ball Sunday against Arizona following Dez Bryant’s catch to the 31-yard line.

Bryant made his catch with 26 seconds left. The Cowboys, with two time outs, elected not to stop the clock and instead went to the line of scrimmage. Romo spiked the ball and stopped the clock.

Garrett said he was prepared to call time out with four seconds left to give Dan Bailey a try at a 49-yard field goal to win the game.

But asked whether he told Romo to clock the ball, Garrett said, “I don’t have a great answer for you on that.”

Asked to explain how he would not have an answer for that question, Garrett said, “Again, we’re just working through that situation to be honest with you. We’re talking timeout. He was getting them to the line of scrimmage and obviously when he got them to the line of scrimmage, the conversation we had going in was to clock the ball.”

Then, Garrett was asked if the Cowboys knew before the play whether they were going to call time out or clock the ball following a completion.

Garrett said, “The biggest thing we were trying to do at that point was recognize where the ball was. He caught the ball on the 30-yard line. We kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Hey, he’s in field-goal range. Boom! What do we got here?’ Tony is getting to the line, which is what he’s taught to do – always be ready to get the team to the line of scrimmage. He realizes that we have a first down in that situation and we look at each other and say, ‘Let’s run it down. He’s in range. Let’s give him a chance to kick the game-winner.’ ”

Garrett was then asked, so why bother clocking the ball at all? Why not just stop the clock with a time out?

We would have called a timeout from the sidelines at 4 seconds. But Tony had them at the line of scrimmage and he clocked it before that. I think he ended up clocking it at six or seven.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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How do you "clock" the ball? Is thta making the ball into a clock? LOL
Also when (any why) did spiking the ball become clocking the ball?

Hey Jason Coward Garrett...were the Packers happy at the 30 yard line??? No, they completed another pass and gave their kicker a chip shot against the Giants.

This guy sounds more stupid as he speaks. You were already around mid-field BEFORE the third down pass to Dez. It was third and eleven or twelve if I'm correct. When they signal first down that should have told you you were at least to the 35 yard line. Any football guy would have known..35 yard line...seven yards back for the field goal attempt..which makes that at the 42 yard line..add ten yards in the endzone and that's a 52 yard field goal..at least. CALL TIMEOUT IMMEDIATELY..then access the situation and call another play or two to get a possible shorter field goal attempt.

It sounds like Jason Garrett had didn't have a clue as to what to do. In my opinion Garrett is not good at game situational play calling.

Jason Garrett, quit making excuses and take accountability for your mistake. It worsens the perception of how competent you are as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys by avoiding the responsibility for this loss. It also shows us (let alone your players) how little you trust your offense to gain a few more yards to kick a more feasible field goal than 49 yards away. You have cost this team three wins now because of your mistakes (New England, Philadelphia, and now in Arizona). Be aggressive and patient in the running game. That’s the only formula to win this division and make a decent playoff run.

Wow, talk about overthinking right there. It's much simpler than he is making it. You complete the ball. You call a timeout. What is all that other crap he is talking about? Must be the Ivy league in him. Hey Garrett. This isn't rocket science.

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