Lip service to run haunts Cowboys

Of the nine teams with the highest percentage of passing, only the New Orleans Saints (64.6) and Miami Dolphins (64.5) are above .500. The other seven teams are a combined 32-66.

It's not a coincidence.

We're talking about a coach and quarterback duo that ran it nine times and threw it 54 times in a win over the Minnesota Vikings, then became indignant when questioned about the absurd run-pass ratio.

Garrett should've understood the result was good, but the process was incredibly flawed. No one is asking Garrett to run the ball 50 percent of the time. Or even 60 percent. It's about using common sense.

Romo had completions of 27, 22 and 20 yards in the first half of Sunday's loss. Each came on a run fake. That's one good reason to run the ball.

Another reason to run the ball is the Cowboys' raggedy defense. Anything Garrett can do to keep it off the field and shorten the game, he should do, because it is historically bad.

Injuries have compromised the unit, so Garrett must protect it. He didn't against Green Bay.

Near the end of the third quarter, the defense had just allowed a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. The Packers were gaining momentum and the Cowboys needed to regroup.

Murray dropped a pass on first down and Romo threw an incompletion to James Hanna on second down. He was sacked on third down, and Chris Jones wound up punting from the back of his end zone.

The drive took just 44 seconds -- a disservice to a defense that should raise a toast every time it forces a punt.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

"There are always cases as a coach you look back and say, 'I could've done this, or I should've done that,'" Garrett said. "We, as a team, didn't handle that well enough, and we should've handled it better."

Until Garrett opts to change instead of just talking about it, the Cowboys will continue to be the epitome of mediocre.

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