Asked to offer his impression of the offense in the Cowboys 3-0 victory against the Raiders in the preseason opener, coach Jason Garrett didn’t even attempt to put lipstick on a pig.
The first team offense gained 14 net yards on 10 plays. They gained just four yards rushing and they managed one first down.
They also managed to get quarterback Tony Romo sacked while attempting a screen pass.
“Not real good,” Garrett said matter of factly. “We didn’t play with good rhythm. It took us a couple of drives to make some first downs. We didn’t run it as well as we needed to. We didn’t drive it as well as we need to. The self inflicted wounds were a part of that.”
The Cowboys certainly use injuries as an excuse considering they were playing without three starters in guard Nate Livings, center Phil Costa and receiver Miles Austin.
But Garrett said the Cowboys needed to be better regardless who was in there.
“We are expecting these guys to come in and play,” Garrett said. “The next man up philosophy. There are things we have to get better it. It was not a good performance.