Thursday, November 4, 2010
Olshansky critiques Cowboys' offense
By Matt Mosley
Dallas Cowboys starting defensive end Igor Olshansky took to the radio earlier this week and basically called out offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. And of all the critics Garrett's heard from this season, I'm pretty sure he thought he was safe from Olshansky.
"Don't give the ball away," Olshansky said during linebacker Bradie James' weekly show Monday on ESPN 103.3 FM per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. "I mean, there's a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced fumble. See, there's a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass plays]. ... You've got to run the ball."
Garrett hasn't taken his cues from the Cowboys' Russian defensive end in the past, but the man has a point. If your wide receivers aren't going to catch balls that hit them in the hands, maybe it's time to mix in a running play or two.
"You've got to be stubborn about it," said Olshansky. "You've got to be stubborn about who you are. If you're a running team, run the ball in OTAs, minicamp, training camp and all that."
And since head coach Wade Phillips refuses to make any lineup changes, perhaps it's time that someone such as Olshansky takes charge of this team. Something tells me, though, the coaches might ask Bradie James to pick a different guest next week.