The latest crisis of the Jason Garrett administration has us thinking about you and how you're coping.
Do you still believe in Jason Garrett?
There were 21 consecutive questions to start Monday's news conference regarding Garrett's decision-making at the end of regulation against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
What's interesting is Garrett didn't know how to answer two key questions:
2. He didn't know what to say when asked about special teams coach Joe DeCamillis yelling at him on the sidelines after Bryant's catch.
Why didn't he answer these questions?
Maybe he told Romo to spike the ball, but for whatever reason the quarterback didn't do it. With Garrett saying he didn't know what he remembers from that moment, it could mean he's protecting his quarterback and putting all the blame on himself. Garrett did say he didn't know how to answer the question and upon review, Romo is telling his teammates to spike the ball after so much time has gone by.
If Romo was told to spike the ball sooner and didn't, that's another issue that probably won't be addressed.
As for the second point, maybe DeCamillis didn't know Garrett told Romo to spike the ball sooner, or the head coach was ignoring his special teams coordinator because he wanted more time to run off the clock.
With the play clock under 10, DeCamillis and kicking coach Chris Boniol pleaded with Garrett to call time, which he did. Garrett said the three of them were on the same page then. Maybe they weren't seconds earlier when DeCamillis wanted the timeout.
It is interesting Garrett didn't believe in the running game at that point, as evident by just three run plays being called in the entire fourth quarter. DeMarco Murray did get 11 yards on two carries, and Romo is credited with a fumble on the other. But it seemed the old Jason Garrett returned in that fourth quarter.
In a tie game, Garrett called for eight pass plays from the 13:00 mark until 2:54 remained in the game. That's eight passes in two possessions. Garrett should have run the ball more.
You can't fault him for passing the ball in the final three minutes, but Garrett made the offense one-dimensional when he didn't need to.
Garrett, in case you forget, is a rookie coach, and he did salvage something of the 2010 season, which prompted Jerry Jones to hire him full-time. This season he's made his mistakes -- the pitch to an injured Miles Austin in the San Francisco game, get someone else other than Romo to hold when Mat McBriar was hurt, keeping Tashard Choice around too long, and the failures of the return game are on his watch.
Garrett has a running back he believes in now and he's contained Romo's late game mistakes. He's allowed Rob Ryan to do whatever is necessary on defense. For the most part, he has believers in the team.
In the Cowboys locker room after the game Sunday, Romo patted Bailey on the back at his locker and offered words of encouragement. Jay Ratliff said Bailey didn't cost the Cowboys the game.
It seems this team is ready to move forward from the loss.
Garrett is too.
But do you believe in him going forward?