IRVING, Texas – Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett agree that the decision to try a Hail Mary from their own 36-yard line at the end of the half was foolish. But they’re on different pages about who should get the blame for the awful result.
Phillips said Monday that DeAngelo Hall’s game-changing fumble return for a touchdown was his fault, because major strategic decisions are the head coach’s domain. A couple of days later, Garrett pinned the blame on himself.
“I called the play,” Garrett said. “It’s my responsibility.”
The Cowboys called a Hail Mary when they thought they had the ball at their 46. In hindsight, it’s clear that it should have been called off after an Alex Barron holding penalty pushed them back 10 yards.
“We’ve had an aggressive style here, really throughout our football team and on the offensive side of the ball, for the last three years and it’s served us well,” Garrett said. “Having said that, you have to manage situations better.
“That was a situation where we should have just taken a knee and should have gone into the locker room. We didn’t do that. We put them in a situation where that could happen. That was unfortunate because it obviously made a difference in the game.”
Garrett did not respond to a question about his relationship with Phillips, looking to another reporter who was asking about Barron. Phillips emphasized his authority over Garrett during the Monday afternoon press conference, and Garrett apparently didn’t feel the need to publicly challenge that.