What exactly is Jason Garrett's offense?

Note: Instead of giving you a Aftermath today, I've been wondering about Jason Garrett and his offense and trying to find everything I could about Rolando McClain. While coming across this piece I want to bring something up that is inside of it. The article basically lists Garrett's offense to that of Air Coryell. That I have no issues with because it is true. But is it truly Air Coryell at least not yet. That may be attributed to the type of players in the Dallas locker room. In the first quarter of the game I was wondering was it Romo? As in was Romo capable of throwing the ball that far. Then the Bryant 68 yard reception happened. Romo's arm strength is not the defect. In fact, Romo did go for about two long balls in the San Fran game but they were not good passes at all. A 34 year old quarterback is not going to have the same arm strength that he has 10 years ago. Maybe he just needs someone that can go and get it for him.

The type of players I mean are those that stretch the field. 

Dallas has no players that can truly stretch the field.  Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams run, well ran the exact same 40 time 4.52. In today NFL every CB can clock a 4.50 if not better. This is not to tear down Dez or Terrance. The one thing really missing from this offense is speedy receiver, that can catch, which is always key. When I say that statement. I want to change my mind and think DeWayne Harris fits that bill. In a way he does. The way the world got introduced to Harris was in a pre-season game when we played the Rams. Harris had 2 touchdowns in that game. It was also in preseason.

With that said, when Dallas drafts a wide receiver next year and the year after. Maybe it's for a reason maybe this offense is still incomplete.

Jason Garrett is something of a mystery, even to diehard Cowboys fans. Which is strange, seeing how he has been part of the organization as a player or coach for 16 years. We know that he believes in RKG's and "The Process".  We know that the biggest criticisms against him are game-planning and play-calling. What we don't know is, how are all those things linked? Outside of "win more games" what are Garrett's goals for the franchise? Apart from "stack one good day on top of another" what is his plan to get us there? What are the general precepts that guide his thinking?

Offensive Philosophy

Garrett's offense is a descendant of the famous Air Coryell offense. But what exactly does that mean? At it's heart the offense is a pass-first offense that emphasizes deep and intermediate routes. Receivers can line up all over the field, and motion is used to force the defense to declare whether they are in man or zone. Receivers generally have multiple route options depending on coverage. The passing game relies on timing and precision as the ball is generally thrown to a spot rather than a receiver.

Because the offense emphasizes the deep and intermediate passing game, it can be difficult to score points in the red zone. Most offenses of this sort thus rely on a power running game to pick up tough yards. Because many of the routes run are deep, pass protection is critical, meaning that running backs must also excel at pass blocking and blitz pickup.

For the offense to be run effectively, it generally requires certain types of players. The most important being a "big" wide receiver who can stretch the field and win jump balls (think Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson under Norv Turner in San Diego). You also need a "big" running back to pick up tough yards, and a pass catching tight end to run the intermediate routes opened up by the WR's.

There are many variations of this original concept being run in the NFL today. Norv Turner and his coaching tree generally run a fairly "pure" version of the original Air Coryell system. He limits his playbook and shortens his routes to protect the quarterback. Although his offenses are generally highly ranked, many would label them predictable (sound familiar?).

Mike Martz learned the offense from Norv Turner when he was Turner's QB coach with the Redskins. While Martz keeps many of the route principles of the Air Coryell offense, he strays in some important points. He generally prefers more "finesse" backs who can catch out of the backfield, and will often eschew a FB for a third wide receiver. His offenses also tend to forget about the run in favor of the pass.

The last major modern variant of the Air Coryell is the Al Saunders version. Saunders' version could be seen as a mix of Turner's and Martz's offenses. His offenses are generally more complicated than Turner's versions (he is famous for his 900 play playbook), but more sound fundamentally than Martz's (less receivers out in routes, and more protection for the quarterback). His offenses don't require the big WR's that Turner's offenses do, but don't abandon the run the way Martz tends to.

Jason Garrett draws strongly from both Turner and Martz. In team construction and overall concept his offense is classic Norv Turner, a big WR (Dez Bryant), who can stretch the field and win jump balls, and a dominant TE who can exploit the middle of the field. Like Turner he emphasizes timing and execution. His offenses are generally simple; he doesn't attempt to trick the defense, he wants to out-perform the defense. However his running game construction and play-calling fall more along the Martz spectrum. Like Martz he prefers more finesse running backs who can operate in space. Also like Martz, he tends to forget about the running game or use it solely as a set up for the pass.

To summarize, Jason Garrett deploys a "big play" offense that relies on deep and intermediate passing routes to move the ball down field. While this tends to generate a lot of yardage, it can often get bogged down in the red zone. To counter this, Garrett has installed a few different packages. More passes to the RB or TE in the flats (like the game winning pass to DeMarco Murray last year vs. the Redskins), fades or back shoulder throws to the WR, or bringing in a smaller quicker WR who can separate quickly (Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley).

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