Originally posted on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 12/5/11
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Jason Garrett’s decision not to call a timeout with about 25 seconds left in regulation in Sunday’s 19-13 overtime loss at Arizona probably had a lot to do with him having too much confidence in rookie kicker Dan Bailey. Bailey had made 26 kicks in a row, a streak that started with a 48-yarder in Week 2 at San Francisco that forced overtime. His longest field goal of the year covered 51 yards against St. Louis, and he had been making kicks from 55 yards and beyond in warm-ups Sunday. All of that likely influenced Garrett to settle for the 49-yard attempt against the Cardinals rather than call timeout in an attempt to run a play or two to get Bailey closer. Following Garrett’s instructions, Tony Romo spiked the ball to stop the clock with 7 seconds left. Bailey made the kick, but it was negated by Garrett calling timeout to make ensure there would be a “clean operation.” On his next attempt, Bailey was short. “You say, ‘Let’s not have a negative play and go backward...
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