Last year, I wrote about Jason Garrett’s apparently terminal case of Conservatitis when it came to decision making and late game situations. I’m going to go ahead and declare time of death to be at about 4:20 eastern time on October 14, 2012.
Dallas looked like they were in trouble, down 8 facing a really long 3rd down after penalties. Romo then rallied them, with the help of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, to convert. Dallas eventually scored the touchdown but missed the two-point conversion when Bryant dropped the pass.
However, they recovered the onsides kick. Good teams make their own luck. A good coach would have pressed it there. Thirty seconds left, one timeout, and a team in Baltimore no where near its reputation right now defensively. What does Dallas do? After a gift pass interference call that got them to the 35 yard line (and remember, clock stops on penalties), Dallas ran exactly one more play, a safe conservative short slant to pick up a few yards. One play.
Missed field goal, and this one’s on Garrett. Stop coaching like an idiot.
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