After a heartbreaking loss to the Washington Redskins and a bye week, the Dallas Cowboys continued to disappoint when they dropped their Week 9 matchup 28-14 to the Tennessee Titans. Wide receiver Amari Cooper made his Dallas debut where he made five catches for 58 yards and a receiving touchdown, which was his first of the season. He made some good impressions but this contest showed that more needs to be done so the Cowboys can be contenders instead of pretenders.
First and foremost, the play-calling for Dallas needs to change in order for this team to even sniff the playoff picture. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan needs to go because he does not use running back Ezekiel Elliott correctly where Elliott touched the football less than 10 minutes in the second half against the Titans. With a playmaker like Elliott in the back field, he needs to be used more and in turn quarterback Dak Prescott will be more effective.
In addition, Prescott is not given a fair chance in this offense since the play-calling is not suiting the strengths of the Dallas quarterback. He has been struggling as the Cowboys’ time of possession is worsening to the bottom half of the league. When Dallas was second in time of possession in 2016, they cruised to a number one seed and a 13-3 record but over the next two years it has been decreasing. This “Dak-friendly” offense is not exactly suiting the Mississippi State standout, which is one reason why play-calling needs to change and it needs to change now.
With another underachieving season on the horizon, along with Scott Linehan, there needs to be a change at head coach. Jason Garrett has not displayed any signs of optimism for fans to believe in something. Every time he challenges a play, he seemingly loses the challenge, only winning one challenge this season. And Dallas is heading into Week 10. Simply unacceptable.
The postseason is most likely out of reach with a tough loss on Monday night and Dallas’ schedule does not get any easier. This was the time for America’s Team to step up but they simply did not. Cowboys legend quarterback Troy Aikman even said that there needs to be massive changes, suggesting an overhaul within the organization. In order for Dallas to experience success again, changes need to be made and need to be made now.