IRVING, Texas -- It isn’t as if Jason Garrett and his assistants spent the summer thinking of ways to get Kevin Ogletree the ball against the Giants.
They simply took advantage of opportunities that presented themselves in the season opener.
That’s a lesson learned from an old fable and applied on the football field.
“You’re always trying to play the game on your own terms and dictate things, but then you have to be flexible enough to do the things that are available to you,” Garrett said. “It’s like the oak and the willow. You’ve got to have a lot of oak in there, but you’ve got to have a lot of willow in there, too.”
Ogletree was targeted 11 times in last week’s win, tying for the fourth most among the league’s receivers in Week 1. The playmaking trio of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were targeted a combined 12 times against the Giants.
Going to Ogletree time and time again wasn’t the game plan against the Giants. It was just a case of aggressively taking what the defense gave the Cowboys, which was a lot of one-on-one matchups for Ogletree.
Garrett wants to get the ball in his best players’ hands. However, he’s not going to bang his head against a wall (or throw into double coverage) to try to do it.
The willow whipped the Giants.
If defenses adjust to pay more attention to Ogletree, the oaks will benefit.