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September 06, 2012

Garrett explains the fourth-and-1 to Vickers, why it didn't work


Cowboys coach Jason Garrett talked about the fourth-and-1 call that failed in the first quarter against the Giants.

The Cowboys gave the ball to fullback Lawrence Vickers, but he was stopped for no gain.

“We liked the call,” Garrett said at his Thursday press conference at Valley Ranch. “That’s exactly what we wanted to call, given the situation. We prepare as coaches, given those situations, for what we like. That was a fourth-and-inches call for us, and that’s the call that we liked based on what we thought they were going to play in that situation. They did a good job of hitting the gaps. We didn’t secure the gaps as well as we needed to. But we’ll go into every game and we’ll really prepare those situations knowing what we want to do.

“In short-yardage and goal-line situations, you’re really talk about inches. It’s inside a yard, just over a yard, we have the appropriate call. We called what we wanted. It just didn’t work out.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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