Sunday, December 13, 2009
The fourth and one failure
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON --The Cowboys say it didn't decide the game, but Dallas drove from its own 27 to the Chargers one in the second quarter and didn't yield any points.
On three consecutive plays from the 1-yard line, running back Marion Barber failed to get in the end zone. On the fourth and one, Kyle Kosier failed to get over to block linebacker Brandon Siler, who stopped Barber short of the goal line.
For the season, only Tony Romo has gone for it on a fourth and one but overall, the Cowboys were 8-9 on third and one converting 88.9 percent of the plays. Barber was ranked 16th in the league.
Barber wasn't available for comment, but offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was.
"We ran it 12, 13, 14 times on that drive and went the distance of the field," Garrett said. "We felt good about the run down there. Our guys were really moving off the ball up front and we thought we had an opportunity to get it in and unfortunately they made a big stop. That was obviously a big sequence in the game."
When Garrett was asked would he do it again he said, "In hindsight we could have done this, we could have done that. Leading up to that, the way we got the ball down there, we domianted them upfront. It made sense to us to continue that trend and they stood firm and they did a nice job down there."
The Chargers couldn't take advantage of the play because cornerback Terence Newman picked off a pass. But still stopping the Cowboys inside the five was big.
"It's good," Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips said. "It means they think they are tougher than us. And they weren't."