One day after his Dallas Cowboys running game played as if it was 1993 and Emmitt Smith was the running back, head coach Jason Garrett proclaimed to the media: "Nobody wants to run the football more than I do."
To which I say, poppycock!, my good sir. Coach Process is full of mularkey. Red loves him to throw him football.
Since Jason Garrett was hand-picked by Jerry Jones from the Miami Dolphins to be this team's offensive coordinator in 2007, the Cowboys have not been a run-first team.
2007: 531 passing plays; 419 running plays
2008: 547 passing plays; 401 running plays
2009: 550 passing plays; 436 running plays
2010: 576 passing plays; 428 running plays
2011: 570 passing plays; 408 running plays
2012: 197 passing plays; 121 running plays
In fairness, the trend in the NFL over the last eight to 10 seasons has been to throw the ball more than to run the ball. The short passing game has become an extension of the running game. And these stats never tell a story accurately of a team trailing, when they are forced to throw, etc.
But I always go back to one game to know where Red's heart really lies in calling football plays: NY Giants at Dallas Cowboys, Jan. 13, 2008, NFC Divisional playoff game.
The Cowboys ran the ball 33 times that day and gained 154 yards, including 129 from Marion Barber. Yet, for some reason, Tony Romo attempted 36 passes with only 18 completions. Red was going to throw the ball because he was sure the next pass was going to hit it, when the game was saying all he had to do was run it.
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