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The Dallas Cowboys' main issue today is the same as yesterday and will be tomorrow: Jason Garrett is not the right person for the team.
The second longest head coach in franchise history has not built on his poor success during his nine seasons.
Dallas rejoined All-In this week to push the NFC East Division's crown by swapping the Oakland Raiders in the first round for wide receiver Amari Cooper to continue against the Tennessee Titans Monday night football . According to ESPN Stats & Info the 14-point loss of the cowboys is the worst they have expected since the 2004 campaign.
"We did not see that coming," said owner Jerry Jones after the 28-14 defeat at the AT & T Stadium in the Dallas Morning News " Jon Machota . "We had plenty of time to prepare. We had plenty of time to prepare and make changes to give us a better attitude. If you want, this is a regression for us. "  The defeat left Dallas at 3-5 and two full games behind the division's leading Washington Redskins, with poor preparation directly falling on the coaching staff.
Maybe the criticism that Garrett had participated in a World Series contest during his free time earned some merit, though Jones did not believe that and was a week away from defending his coach.
"First, we have no one, I'm not connected to anyone, who works harder than Jason Garrett, "he said to Dallas fan on 105.3 FM last week (via Todd Archer from ESPN.com)," I can assure you that he was in our team. As I said firsthand, we spent part of the weekend, good parts of the weekend – talking about this team on Saturday and Sunday and how we can improve it. I know where Jason Garrett's mind is, and I know where his work ethic is.
"Now some rest and then up to a Bye week [it] no topic."
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It's now a problem, after being completely played out by a Titans squad (4-4) with their own problems: Tennessee lost his previous three games and scored no more than 19 Points On Monday, the best version of Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota faced an allegedly improved defense from Dallas. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback ran 4:38 behind in the fourth quarter.
The Titans played like the team with a new weapon to exploit them, the Sin ce Dion Lewis replaced Derrick Henry in the starting field. The 195 pound back was too much for the cowboys. Lewis led Tennessee in both stormy and receiving shipyards. He finished the race with 122 meters to go and a score on the second pass.
Tennessee managed 340 meters and built permanent drives.
"We're all finding out where the rooms are and really understanding when I can throw or throw the ball," Mariota said after Turron Davenport from ESPN.com.
Mike Vrabel's team scored a goal in four out of five red zone opportunities, and it could have been even worse for the Cowboys, as Mariota missed a wide-open Corey Davis in the end zone before Ryan Succup scored a second. Yard Field in the air scored scoring attempt from the left post.
Jones's frustration becomes evident as she was arrested during the broadcast of ESPN:
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➡️ https://t.co/jFKJWK2PdQ https://t.co/Kig1BUXKyl[19659021Thetransmissionofalasertrainertoyourcoachtrainer "If you've played eight and won three, there is cause for concern," he said of Jean-Jacques Taylor NBC DFW Sport .
Reporters urged Jones if he can be patient with the current direction of the team.
But Jones underwent his coach earlier in the season when he guessed the decision to guess a defeat in overtime in a Week 5 week against the Houston Texans for the second time. And none of that is new territory – which makes a potential step even more obvious.
The Cowboys made the postseason in Garrett's term only twice. If he finishes this season and Dallas remains on his current path, the team will have scored a record of 500 or even more in six of its nine seasons.
The performance on Monday is rather the same. Yes, Cooper has created a spark. The team's new top goal scored five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. He looked great and provided separation. The last point alone makes him a massive upgrade of the receivers that Dallas has used in the first seven competitions.
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But the main problem of the scheme did not change with Cooper in the lineup.) The cowboys are too conservative and have no imagination in passing play, and they lack the imagination they did not even try to make their first round in the first round but instead made the attack over short distances to involve Cooper.
"He is a great player," quarterback Dak Prescott told his new receiver , Machota . "You get the ball in his hands, he can do great routes, he's an advantage, he's a mismatch between me and the DBs, he did a good job all night."
Cooper will be fine – he's an upgrade and an important piece for the future of the franchise.
The same can be said of Prescott and the running back of Ezekiel Elliott Ines of these cornerstones was fully developed since their breakthrough rookie campaigns, especially Prescott, has fallen back a lot and still needs to reach the point where he can carry the offense if Elliott is not doing well. Prescott forced Cooper a pass in double coverage, which completely turned the game. The quarterback still does not see the field at the level that a third-year veteran should.
Moreover, the once acclaimed offensive line is a shell of its former self. Other young players like Right Tackle La Collins and rookie left guard Connor Williams have not turned particularly well into full-time roles. Collins showed more promises to the guard, while Williams might have been pushed too early into the lineup.
All of this – the lack of development, the guys in the wrong places, the regression – falls on Garrett.
Maybe the future has some potential, but the present is a mess because the staff is not developing the team right.
Cowboys will not get any easier in the next few weeks either. The rest of the month of November will decide the fate of the team, with competitions against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Falcons, Washington and the New Orleans Saints, before they compete for the second time against the Eagles to open the last month of the regular season ,
The chances of Dallas successfully navigating this treacherous route to restore confidence in his head coach are slim.
"As coach Garrett has said, we have a decision to make," Prescott added. Machota . "The schedule gets more difficult, but we know the team and the character of the men we have, we need to buckle up, close our arms and be together more than ever … We have a long season ahead of us."
At best, Garrett is a mediocre coach. At worst, it keeps the entire organization from making legitimate progress.
Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @brentsobleski .