ARLINGTON, TX – Jason Garrett finally looked like a Dallas Cowboys fan who was sick … well … Jason Garrett. The coach, best known for his unbelievably pleasant way of clapping with victory and defeat at the same cadence and conviction, finally felt the pain of his fan base.
He slapped his red challenge flag at the feet of Judge Scott Edwards and fired some unsportsmanlike nouns and verbs. "Abusive language to an official," said referee Ron Torbert later. Edwards dramatically grabbed his yellow flag and threw it up in that shape. He pulled fifteen yards from the 27-yard Amari Cooper catch, which was erroneously classified as incomplete before being corrected during the check.
Three touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at the end of the third quarter and annoyed at a highly questionable pass-interference call directed against him, Garrett did not want to start clapping while telling Edwards, "Good job , good effort. "
Jason Garrett gets a flag because he impulsively impaled a challenge flag in front of a referee's face So, you know, football coaches are supposed to lead. In the next game, when Dak Prescott faced a 1-25 win over his coach's demolition, he managed to hit Ezekiel Elliott with a 26-yard pass that would halve the previous 28-point deficit. The building exploded. The cowboys were in less than 14 minutes back in the game.
The players and the audience had actually responded to Garrett.
"I did not master it well," the coach later said. But the truth is, Garrett could not handle the situation any better.
In the end, the Cowboys would never return to Rodgers all the way down 31: 3, to whom this team belongs just as Jerry Jones does. Whenever the Packers are in town, Jerry World's AT & T Stadium will be converted into Mr. Rodgers neighborhood. Ol & # 39; No. 12 has even won his only Super Bowl title in this stadium. And after Rodgers defeated Dallas with perhaps the biggest postseason pass in NFL history three seasons ago, Garrett said of Green Bay's franchisees, "At the end of the day, they'll talk about this guy as one of the top three quarterbacks who has ever laced them. "
Of course that was vintage Garrett. Always tap his headset on someone in hostile colors. Always keep track. Always grateful for the effort of his boys.
Sunday night, Garrett finally hit back. It was refreshing to see. Prescott finally hit Cooper with a nice throw to get a nicer catch-and-run in the middle of the fourth quarter and suddenly the cowboys had dropped by only 10. They lost their last shot in a miracle when their kicker, Brett Maher
Jerry Jones praises his team for his outstanding performance heart, although the match against the Packers did not seem to win ,
But there was something in the endgame that echoed beyond the lame Loserville cliché that we have not stopped or that we've shown much of fight .
Garrett has been head coach of this team since the mid-2010 season, the America's team. In all this time he has won two playoff games. Two. He has survived three consecutive 8-8 seasons and a run of four out of five non-winning seasons.
Above all, Garrett has weathered the perception from coast to coast that he is little more than balanced middle manager who knows the right things to tell the boss he should stay in work.
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Without a meaningful postseason run, he can not possibly survive another season. The cowboys have not even reached the NFC championship game in almost a quarter of a century, and in a conference that does not have to deal with either Tom Brady and Bill Belichick or the Kansas City bosses, this period of futility must end this January. Garrett is probably fully aware of this.
Perhaps deep down, this had something to do with the top of the challenge flag and the verbal abuse of the officer. Maybe not. Either way, Garrett eventually broke his cycle of dispassionate coaching and woke up the same players who had been booed off the field at halftime. The Cowboys could not attack Aaron Jones (four rushing touchdowns), and their quarterback could not stop throwing the ball to the wrong team.
Yet their 563 yards were the most defeated in the franchise history. Prescott and Elliott will be alright, and that's also the celebrated offensive line. The Cowboys still have Cooper, good for 226 yards against the Packers, and they still have the absurdly talented Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch as linebackers.
In other words, at 3: 2 they still have enough talent to make a credible Super Bowl run.
Only in this game was it not so much about the talent as the guy who manages it. Garrett was upset that he was wasting a bum call challenge that he thought would not (really) be overturned, and he was angry when he got his last for the Cooper out-of-bound. Call used, which he knew would be overturned. Garrett could not go to the red flag in Prescott's third and final interception, which was marked by significant loss of contact.
When it was over, the defeated coach said side judge Edwards had beaten him with unsportsmanlike behavior because he "apparently did not like the way I threw the flag." It turned out that Edwards had more than that was offended.
"I love when Coach Garrett does such things," said defender Tyrone Crawford about the outbreak.
Asked if he felt on the sidelines Garrett talked about the great people he has in his team and about the affection that they have for each other. "I think it was a manifestation of it," Garrett said, deflecting any connection with himself. "The fight and the spirit of the football team are here," he added. "I thought we saw it, and we'll grow from it, we'll do better."
Or else. In defeat on Sunday, Garrett was not straight, but he got angry.
There is no turning back now. If the coach does not inspire his cowboys to a higher level of performance between here and January, he will lose much more than 15 meters.