Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys can’t win for losing at AT&T Stadium

The Cowboys have a losing record at home since AT&T Stadium opened in 2009.
The Cowboys have a losing record at home since AT&T Stadium opened in 2009. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

On Wednesday, Jason Garrett deflected questions about the fact that the Cowboys have the longest home losing streak in the league. Questioned again a day later, the Cowboys coach conceded the obvious.

“We won four games last season out of 16,” Garrett said. “We didn’t play very well at home. We didn’t play very well on the road. We needed to play better. So that’s really where our focus is.”

The Cowboys lost their season opener at home this season, giving them an eight-game losing streak at AT&T Stadium. Their last victory at home came in the 2015 season opener, 27-26 over the Giants.

So the Cowboys have gone more than a year without allowing their home fans to leave the stadium happy.

But Garrett would not say whether the Cowboys might change anything in their weekend schedule. In 2014, after a 3-4 start at home, the Cowboys switched their schedule for a home game against the Colts. Garrett had the players report to the team hotel, the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, by 5 p.m., the same time they typically arrive to their team hotel on the road.

“Our basic philosophy is we are constantly evaluating what we do and how we do it. The time of when we do it,” Garrett said. “If we feel like changing our schedule would make a discernible difference to the outcome of a game we would embrace that change. We make a lot of changes on a daily basis, because we think those changes might help our team win. My response yesterday is we just need to focus on coaching better and playing better, regardless of where we play -- our stadium, someone else’s stadium, in the parking lot and on the moon.

“We just need to coach better football and play better football, and hopefully that will lead to the outcomes we want. We have an unbelievably good stadium. We have a great fan base. They are behind us. They support us. We have to give them reasons to support us in our stadium. At different times, we have played well in our stadium. At other times, we haven’t. We need to focus on practicing really well today as players and coaches. Hopefully that will help us play our best football on Sunday night.”

The Cowboys, though, have not turned AT&T Stadium into a true home-field advantage. Since the $1.2 billion stadium opened in 2009, he Cowboys are 29-30 at home including the postseason.

They are 31-28 on the road, including the postseason, in that span.

“You definitely want your home to be an advantage for you,” Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley said. “So we have to play better at home. We have to play better in general. Hopefully, we can just keep heading in the right direction and keep winning football games.”