Found October 18, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
IRVING, Texas The evidence keeps rolling in: The gap between the intellect of "teacher" Jason Garrett and the education of his "students" is massive especially when the pop quizzes that need to be passed are represented by Dallas Cowboys opportunities in opponents' territory. Jimmy Johnson, a Garrett mentor, used to say, "You don't need to be nervous about what's gonna be on the test if you know all the answers." In other words, intellectual preparation is key. And despite Garrett's indisputable brain power, his 2-3 Cowboys continue to flunk offensive tests when it counts the most. Through five games, the Tony Romo-led offense has ventured inside the opponents' 45-yard line a total of 22 times. Those trips have resulted in seven touchdowns and seven field goals totals that are unsatisfactory enough. But it's the trials and tribulations along the journey towards the goal line that is even more troublesome. In a Week 1 win at the Giants, Dallas: Scored on two Romo-to-Ogletree connections without incident. Marched to the NY 6 but allowed a 9-yard sack to force a FG. Scored on a Romo-to-Austin 34-yard strike that had to come from 34 because Tyron Smith's false start penalty backed them up from having been at the 29, then Dez Bryant's motion penalty backed them up from the 24, then Mackenzy Bernardeau's illegal-use-of-hands penalty backed them up from the 14, then Doug Free's holding penalty backed them up from the 24. (Seriously: 30 yards of penalties after starting at the 29!) In a Week 2 loss at Seattle, Dallas: Opened its offense with a second down at the Seattle 24 and threw an interception. Got an Austin catch for a score on a drive without incident. On the final play from the Seattle 42, passed to Felix Jones, whose actions were inconsequential given the score but added some embarrassment by clumsily tripping in the open field. In a Week 3 win over Tampa Bay, Dallas: Got a DeMarco Murray rushing score from 11 without incident. Drove to the Tampa 24 before sustaining a false-start penalty on Doug Free and eventually settling for a 32-yard field goal. Had a first down at the Tampa 6 but gave up possession on a sack-and-fumble by Romo. Had a first down at the Tampa 30 backed up 10 yards by a holding penalty on Free, then from the 9-yard line a false-start penalty on Smith, then a sack of Romo that forced a Dallas field goal. And then another first down at the 6, with a Lawrence Vickers holding penalty helping to stall the drive, Dallas settling for yet another FG. In a Week 4 loss to the Bears, Dallas: Opened with a drive to the 39 following by a run for a loss and a sack of Romo. Got to the Bears' 38 on another drive stalled by a run for a loss. Got an Austin TD catch of 10 yards without incident. Drove to the Chicago 16 while giving up a run for a loss and then an interception that bounces off Kevin Ogletree's chest. After taking over following a Bears turnover at the Chicago 37, immediately gives it back on an interception returned for a score. In catch-up mode, Dallas hurries to the Chicago 45, at which point Bryant gets an illegal-shift penalty, Murray runs for no yards, and then Romo is picked. And finally, in the Week 5 loss at Baltimore: Dallas gets a 22-yard Felix Jones TD but only after a Free holding penalty moved the ball back from the 12. Dallas moves to the Baltimore 30 but gets a holding call against Smith to back the Cowboys to the 40 ... then throws an interception. Dallas moves to the Ravens 12. But the Cowboys are called for an illegal shift, backing them to the 17. And then Bryant's catch is somehow good for a minus-7 yards, forcing a 42-yard Bailey field goal from 12 yards deeper than where Dallas started. Dallas gets to the Baltimore 31. Doug Free is called for a false start. Dallas settles for a Bailey kick. Bryant catches a 7-yard TD pass without incident. Dallas is at the Baltimore 10. An illegal shift penalty backs them up. Later, Romo is sacked. Eventually, from the 16, the Cowboys kick a FG. Dallas starts a fourth-quarter desperation drive and gets to the Baltimore 29, then is hit with an illegal block penalty on Felix Jones. Two plays later it's a false start penalty on Ogletree. Eventually, Bryant catches a 4-yard TD pass... but then drops a pass that would've tied the game with the two-point conversion. Then, of course, comes the successful onside kick... the clock-management gaffe caused in part by Ogletree and Austin not hustling back to the line of scrimmage to save time... and Bailey's first missed kick of the year on what would've been the game-winner from 51. Five games. A total of 22 ventures inside the foes' 45... and in addition to the seven TDs and the seven FGs... one fumble, one missed kick, one illegal-use-of-the-hands penalty, one illegal-block penalty, three illegal-motion penalties, four interceptions, five holding penalties, five false starts, countless mental cramps, and, if partridges in pear trees were against the football rules, probably a gaggle of those, too. Garrett was asked this week if his team is "smart" and he offered only an elusive non-answer... which was probably a smart thing for him to do. Is there value to a teacher standing up at a PTA meeting and announcing he oversees a classroom full of dopes? If you don't like this Cowboys coach's evasive words, let's try again to offer Cowboys coach's words to live by as it applies to a Dallas team that... penalties and makes intellectual goofs: "You don't need to be nervous about what's gonna be on the test if you know all the answers."

Cowboys will have to rely on Felix Jones and two undrafted rookies to carry the load in Week 7

Today Dallas announced that DeMarco Murray (foot) will not play in Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Owner/GM Jerry Jones made the announcement on his Tuesday morning radio show. Murray’s MRI revealed ligament damage in his sprained foot, but no broken bones or Lisfranc fracture.“I think we were encouraged that his sprain was not any more serious than it is,” Jones said...

Jason Witten: “I don’t believe in moral victories”

They don’t come any tougher than Jason Wiiten of the Dallas Cowboys. He goes across them middle fearlessly, he’s a fullback lead blocker, and he’s the portrait of a Dallas Cowboy. Witten injured his spleen in preseason and while it has ended many of a career, there was Witten on opening day. So when Witten speaks, Cowboys’ fans listen.  Witten isn’t happy about the Cowboys...

Jason Garrett says Dez Bryant is growing and getting better

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett feels like wide receiver Dez Bryant has been getting better each week.“We’ll learn from that particular play, but he has a tremendous competitive spirit,” coach Jason Garrett said, via “Anybody who watches football and knows anything about it – or even if you don’t know anything about it – and you watch that guy...

Dez Bryant misses practice

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant missed practice on Friday and has been listed as questionable foe Sunday’s game against the Pamthers.If Bryant can’t play, Kevin Ogletree will start in his place.

DeMarco Murray moving around on a scooter

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been moving around with a scooter. He told Werder that he’s doing it because he can, not because he has to.I honestly don’t believe Murray. I’m sure anyone with a torn ligament in their foot wouldn’t want to walk. Murray is clearly try to play down his injury.

Witten: 'Get out of here' if you don't believe

IRVING, Texas Jerry Jones said Tuesday during his weekly radio interview that the Cowboys are evolving into a championship contender. That statement came only two days after a 31-29 loss in Baltimore that dropped Dallas to 2-3. Jones continues to reference the New York Giants' run to a Super Bowl last season after starting 6-6 and winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record. Although...

Jerry Jones thinks the Cowboys Can win the Super Bowl this year

Because it is Jerry Jones everyone will roll their eyes, but what he is saying is correct. Here is the quote courtesy of Pro Football Talk. “We’ve got to have some wins to make sure we’re in the hunt, but I keep pointing out we’re fresh off a world champion [Giants] that won nine of 16 ballgames last year,” Jones said. “We know you want your team as healthy and as in...

Cowboys need more plays from defense

When we look at splash plays every week, we are looking for 2 in particular that are extra special. We are not here to thumb our noses at pressures or run stuffs, but it sure seems that the name of the game is really sacks and takeaways. We especially love DeMarcus Ware's strip-sack the best, as it accomplishes both. But with a 2-3 record and another game with no takeaways,...

Felix Jones finally 1st option again for Cowboys

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Felix Jones finally gets a chance to be the first option again for the Dallas Cowboys. The fifth-year running back and former first-round pick certainly had to be patient. He had only three carries in the first four games this season. With DeMarco Murray out because of a sprained left foot, Jones is set to start...

Romo explains final play in Sunday's game

Tony Romo isn't the type of quarterback to call out his teammates, even if he thought they did something incorrectly. Following what was the final offensive play the Cowboys ran Sunday in Baltimore, wide receivers Kevin Ogletree and Miles Austin jogged back to the line of scrimmage despite a running clock, likely costing their team an extra play that could've improved the...

Felix Jones listening to his critics this season

IRVING, Texas Felix Jones knew exactly what everyone was saying about him. He opened training camp by failing a conditioning test and then he became the public face of the Dallas Cowboys' embarrassing special teams unit. But last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, Jones ran for 92 yards while filling in for an injured DeMarco Murray. He appeared to have a burst that'...

Stat Pack: Dallas Cowboys America’s (Dumbest) Team; Philip Rivers Epic Choke Job

Podcaster Adam Dobrowolski pours an intoxicating six-pack of CHFFs: Dallas proved it’s America’s dumbest team; Matt Ryan has plenty to prove; time for Andy Reid to go; Patriots need to reassess offensive strategy; Chargers epic choke job and much more.

Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers NFL Week 7 Preview

G.J. McCarthy / Staff Photographer Follow @Dan Vasta and like Gridiron Grit on Facebook  No matter what the odds are, Dallas for some reason can never finish a game to save their lives. Eventually they have to come through or soon there will be major changes with their coaching staff and perhaps the starting quarterback as well. There have already been rumors about the Cowboys...
Cowboys News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.