Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it’s his responsibility to eliminate penalties and that he can threaten jobs, even in the salary cap era.
“Certainly, you have the option of saying, ‘OK, if you continue to get penalized like this, you’re going to be out of the lineup or you’re going to be off the football team,” he said.
The Cowboys committed 13 penalties Sunday, the third time this season they have hit that number.
“Ultimately, it’s on me,” he said. “I have to make sure that we're not a highly penalized football team, and that's everything that we do here. It’s my responsibility, and if we're not doing it right on Sunday afternoon, somehow, someway, I’ve got to make sure we do it right.”
Garrett was asked at his Monday press conference why the message doesn’t sink in.
“Sometimes that happens in coaching,” he said. “You have to try and continue to get that message across and when you convey the values you think are important and the different, whatever it is – techniques, approaches you think are important – and oftentimes, over the course of time, if you say it the right way or get the right guy to do it, those messages eventually sink in.
“I think those are messages about that across our football team, and I know we've been talking about the importance of running the football all year long and doing that better and not having minus runs and you've heard me stand up here and say that for a couple of weeks now, and yesterday I think was a good example of continuing to be persistent with the message, and it sinks in, and you do it that way regardless of penalties and some other things on our team.”
Garrett said he sees some of the pre-snap penalties in practice, also.
“I don’t see them in practice as much,” he said. “I see them more in the game. Some of the physical penalties you have in regards to maybe a hold late in the down or in Felix’ case, a chop block, you’re not going to have those happen in practice. But the mechanics penalties, I think we do a good job emphasizing those things. We have officials at practice. We try to continue to make that emphasis. We just have to carry it to the game and handle that situation better.”
-- Carlos Mendez