Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Fox announcers Troy Aikman (left) and Joe Buck on the field prior to the game with the Dallas Cowboys playing against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Aikman calls Cowboys abandoning run 'mind-boggling' and 'bizarre'

The Dallas Cowboys and their run game raced out to a 26-3 at the half against the Green Bay Packers. NFL analyst Troy Aikman, and former Cowboys quarterback, thought they’d continue to run the ball to protect the lead and take time of the clock. Instead, the Cowboys passed more than they ran and lost the lead and the game.

One former Cowboys player, NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, said he would be mad if he was current running back DeMarco Murray.  Aikman was just baffled at what he saw.

“They were about to run Green Bay right out of the stadium,” Aikman said, via theDallas Morning News. “The philosophy has always been you throw the ball early in games to build the lead, you run the ball late to win games. And I believe in that. That’s the way we did it in the ’90s. I think, by and large, that’s the way Jason Garrett would prefer to do it. But if there was ever a time that DeMarco Murray should have had 25 carries in a game, that was it. You’ve got a 23-point lead. And as it turns out, Eddie Lacy ran the ball almost twice as much as DeMarco Murray in the second half of that ballgame, which is pretty mind-boggling. It was as bizarre a loss as I’ve ever witnessed.”

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  • SmartThinking

    Yeah. Mind-boggling and bizarre. That sounds about right. And it’ll only get worse. You know why?

    This team is in near total disarray right now. THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP because there is too much leadership … from Jerry Jones, who appears on television or radio more often than all the other owner/GM’s combined, each time acting the part and spouting some new quotable proof he’s the world’s greatest authority on football. Actually, every time Jones opens his mouth and one of those long, windy, totally undecipherable answers of his comes rumbling out, it’s just more proof he knows nothing about football except how to play the media and us for fools because we don’t call him on his buffoonery.

    Then there’s Garrett, who, as head coach of this franchise, you’d think the players would listen to and respect as the leader. But not on this team! He’s so ineffective as head coach he has the respect of absolutely no one. Jones has taken Garrett’s duties and pared them down or passed them out to others or taken them on himself, particularly the ones that interface with the media. He’s built the perfect coach in Garrett … he won’t challenge Jones, he won’t take leadership of this team by the reins and inject his personality into it and he won’t ever be anything more than Jones’ lapdog coach.

    Then there’s Romo, who, completely on his own, changes running plays into passes. Those errors are coming too often and they’re just another example of the lack of a true leader on this team.

    Throw in Bryant’s sideline tantrums and walk-offs. Then there’s the players telling the media when they’ll play again or when they’ll sit out rather than the coaches announcing those decisions.

    I could go on.

    Bottom line: Jones has now built the perfect beast for his monumental ego — a totally non-functional, yet still highly profitable, team of skittish coaches in charge of players with no direction. And all very nearly totally dependent on his papal blessing before they make any move at all.

    This Cowboys franchise under Jones isn’t the same organization Aikman played for and won Super Bowls for nearly twenty years ago. This current organization is the Bizarro-world alter other of that group. And, as much as Aikman and every other football-knowledgable commenter are beginning to say what they think about this mess, it’s not going to get one bit better until the current owner/GM and his entire dysfunctional family are exorcized completely from OUR football team and a sane owner and separate GM are put in place with the goal in mind of returning this team to greatness once again.