Monday, November 25, 2013
Wade Wilson's value
By Calvin Watkins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For all the discussions regarding Cowboys coach Jason Garrett's move to relay the offensive plays to quarterback Tony Romo for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, it was all about improving communication and reiterating the value of quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.
This season when Bill Callahan took over the play-calling duties, Wilson moved into the role of relaying the signals to Romo. But when Garrett decided to take over for the Giants game, Wilson moved to the press box and tight ends coach Wes Phillips moved to the sidelines.
Cowboys officials contend Wilson helped in the play calling by seeing the defense from the press box, in comparison from the sidelines because he can recognize defenses better.
"I thought it was an opportunity to get Wade upstairs to see the game that way," Garrett said. "Wade has great eyes. He sees the game as well as anybody I know. Just getting him up there I thought was good for us. We brought Wes Phillips down and Wes does a great job just interacting with the players and I just thought the whole thing worked out well."
The Cowboys' offense wasn't great, the windy conditions had something to do with it, but Romo threw for 250 yards and finished a solid game-winning fourth-quarter drive to help the Cowboys defeat the Giants, 24-21.
The rushing attack had a solid effort, gaining 107 total yards including 86 from starter DeMarco Murray. While the third-down issues continued, going 4-for-12 overall, the Cowboys needed to do something with the offense.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the change wasn't about Garrett or Callahan but more about Wilson helping the offense.
"That’s the wrong interpretation of the decision," Jones said when asked whether it was about Garrett. "The decision was to give Wade, who is standing on the sidelines an aerial view of the field. It was all about that and it’s a skill that we've long [for], since [we] haven’t taken advantage of Wade Wilson. Wade Wilson is outstanding and can do a better job for us."