While it wasn’t pretty at all, the Dallas Cowboys did manage to knock off the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday in overtime, and take a ton of pressure off of head coach Wade Phillips.
But Phillips wasn’t the only guy who had a lot of weight taken off of his shoulders. I would say that Tony Romo and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has some stress relieved yesterday as well.
All of the talk coming into the week was about Romo’s terrible performance in the clutch against the Broncos last week. Romo was throwing errant passes all over the place, and was unable to give the Cowboys the type of offensive lift they needed to knock off the still undefeated Broncos. He certainly had the chances, but just couldn’t make the throws.
That was different this week, however, as he made the throws when the Cowboys needed it most. Sure, he had a ton of help from Miles Austin, who racked up 250 yards and two scores, but Romo still had to make the throws. And even if all of them weren’t spectacular, it was a huge step up from last week.
As for Garrett, I’ve criticized him all year because of his overly conservative playcalling at times. The Cowboys are the kings of the third down draw, which I hate, but we didn’t see that yesterday. They actually were a little more aggressive than usual, which is certainly a good sign. And even though the Cowboys probably should have smoked the Chiefs by about three touchdowns, the offense still made the plays when they needed to.
Garrett made sure that Romo had the ball in his hands, and allowed him to get comfortable early on with a few screen passes here and there. I like to see that when a quarterback is struggling, so that was definitely helpful for Romo. I can’t complain much about Garrett’s game yesterday, so no knock there this week.
All in all, it wasn’t the greatest game Dallas has played this season, but it wasn’t the worst either. They got the win and now sit at 3-2, and while Austin was the primary factor in the victory, you’ve gotta give some credit to Romo and Garrett as well.
Because had they not stepped up this week, the Cowboys may be looking for a new head coach right now.
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