The Cowboys are now 3-3 on the season after losing to the New York Jets. It is still early in the season, but Dallas will need to start winning games again soon. Here are five things learned from week 6.
1. Jason Garrett Needs to be Fired
This is something that Dallas fans have probably known even before this season, but the loss to the Jets makes it even more of a possibility. Dallas needed a win, but played sloppily and lost the game. The blame for this loss has to mostly go to Garrett. The team is now .500 and likely should be much better than that.
The Cowboys have now lost three straight. Injuries and poor execution have played a part, but the team is still talented enough to win games. Garrett is making coaching errors and is even getting shunned for high fives on the sidelines. The team needs something to change fast and it may start with the head coach.
2. This Team Can’t Start Slow
Last week, the Cowboys started slow and ended up losing to the Packers. This week, the same thing happened, but this time it was against the Jets, a team that should’ve been defeated easily. The more things change, the more things stay the same.
This team is built off of the running game. The defense thrives when the offense controls the clock. When the offense controls the clock they win. Getting behind and playing catch up, limits how many touches Ezekiel Elliot can get. If Elliot doesn’t get a lot of touches, less play-action can be run. It really is a cycle. The Cowboys have to start scoring first quarter or even first half touchdowns.
3. Robert Quinn Was a Great Acquisition
Robert Quinn was one of the defenders who showed up big time in the game against the Jets. He finished the game with two sacks. Although he was injured for the first few games of the season, in the three games he has played, he now has a total of three sacks.
While it hasn’t quite shown yet, Quinn getting good pressure will help out the defense and more than just his stat sheet. DeMarcus Lawrence will likely start producing more as time goes on and more attention is paid to Quinn. Offenses will have to pick their poison on who they block.
4. Dak Prescott Needs to Play Better, But Isn’t the Problem
Dak Prescott didn’t have his best game, but he needs to be cut a little slack. He was constantly pressured all game, even if he was only sacked one time. Prescott finished the game 28 of 40 passing for 277 yards. He added a rushing touchdown to his stat line as well. He averaged 6.9 yards per completion which was decent.
As mentioned during the broadcast, and by many on Twitter since the game, the play-calling was suspect again. Some of this was caused by the deficit, but the Cowboys need to gameplan better. A lot of this falls on Garrett and Kellen Moore. Injuries were also a factor, as he didn’t have Randall Cobb or Amari Cooper for most of the game. Prescott may be hurting his value in contract talks due to his play, but he isn’t the biggest problem.
5. Brett Maher Needs to Figure it Out
Brett Maher has struggled dating back to last year. In this game, he missed a key 40-yard field goal attempt, which could have changed the game since the Cowboys only lost by two points. There was a lot of good for Maher though, as he hit an extra point and three field goals, including one from 62 yards out, which was a team record.
It is ok with some people to take the good with the bad, but Maher may not be worth a lot just because he hit a 62-yarder. He is four of seven this season, which puts him at 57.1 percent. Maher has to bee better than that if he wants to stay on the team.