Jason Garrett was once again the topic of discussion after the Cowboys lost a much-needed game on Sunday Night Football to the Minnesota Vikings 28-24.
After the game, however, he declined to accept responsibility for the Dallas Cowboys‘ heartbreaking defeat and seemingly threw Kellen Moore under the bus.
The team’s final drive basically snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
“Kellen’s calling the game,” Garrett said about his offensive coordinator on Monday, via The Athletic. “In that situation, it’s 2nd and 2. He felt like he had a good opportunity against a favorable box to run the ball in those situations. On each of those plays we had options beyond just the run.”
Garrett has the authority to overrule Moore on any call he makes, so that answer just doesn’t cut it. The Cowboys rushing attack was nonexistent all night, as Ezekiel Elliott could only manage 47 yards rushing on 20 carries. He was still given the ball twice while the team was on the Vikings’ 11-yard line.
Two stuffed Elliott runs, then a pass to Elliott ended their chances of winning the game.
It ruined a great game by Dak who threw for nearly 400 yards and three TDs, on top of Amari Cooper, who tallied a game-high 147 yards on 11 receptions.
“You want to attack [in] different ways. It’s important for us to try to continue to run the ball,” he told reporters after the game, per NFL.com. “In normal circumstances, you’d think if we give it to Zeke a couple of times second inside of two yards, we’re going to make that. We’re going to make that first down. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen in this game. We got to that fourth down situation and we couldn’t convert.”