The Dallas Cowboys left a lot to be desired on offense during a 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
It was disappointing after an off-season focused on overhauling the offense with new players, coaches and a scheme supposedly more friendly to quarterback Dak Prescott.
FOX analyst and former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who is in the Hall of Fame after winning three Super Bowl titles in 1990, said during the broadcast Sunday that he was “not seeing any creativity” in Dallas’ play-calling.
In defending the offense and espousing for patience on his radio show in 105.3 The Fan Monday, vice president Stephen Jones seemingly referred to Aikman as an armchair quarterback when asked specifically about the Hall of Famer’s opinion.
“I just think at the end of the day, everybody can play armchair quarterback and point fingers after the fact,” Jones said. “I do think we need to figure out how to get in a rhythm when you use six receivers and make sure everyone’s in there for what they do best. I think that’s a little bit of a work in progress.
“But I think it’s unfair right now to point fingers at play-calling, whether it’s Dak, whether it’s our receivers, I just think we gotta do a better job overall of executing and I think this thing will come together.”
Coach Jason Garrett also disagreed that the offense was too conservative against the Panthers.
“I don’t know that I would describe two tight ends and a fullback as being conservative,” Garrett said Monday. “If the definition of not being conservative is using a lot of personnel groups, that’s certainly been a part of what we’ve done for a lot of years around here. I don’t know that I buy into that definition. You want to try to attack defenses different ways.
“Part of using that is using different personnel, part of that is using different formations. Part of that is using tempo — uptempo, slow down the tempo, speed up the tempo, all the different things that you try to do, and then part of it is simply executing ball plays. The best way to do that is to be able to run the ball, throw the ball, every time you break the huddle you threaten the defense — both of those things — and then you can play those things off of each other.
“And so those are the things we’ll try to do, and we’ll try to do a better job as a coaching staff to make sure we’re attacking the defense a lot of different ways. The most important thing is to make sure we execute. And talking about executing, that goes back to coaching, as well, making sure we’re giving them opportunities in practice so they have a chance to execute well once we kick it off on Sunday. Those are all things we’re focused on, and we’ll try to do a better job.”