Lack of offense becoming a concern
Sure it's just the preseason, but it would be nice if Cowboys could find the end zone
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's only two games. Two preseason games.
The Dallas Cowboys' offense hasn't score any touchdowns in the preseason.
It's not the end of the world or anything, but still you have to be concerned about what you see.
"I don't like to use the word 'concerned,'" offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said after the Cowboys' 17-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. "But we're going to go back, trust me. We evaluate the tapes and how guys are doing in the scheme of things. You always step back."
The Cowboys have had 28 offensive possessions so far. They've reached the red zone four times, twice with the first-team offense, but failed to get into the end zone. Six made field goals, two interceptions, one fumble and 15 punts are some of the notable ways drives have ended.
Sure, it's only two preseason games.
"Not concerned yet," wide receiver Patrick Crayton said. "I'm a little frustrated because all we're getting is field goals. We need some kind of points. We need more. [David] Buehler kicked six field goals in two games. I think that's a little more work than we expected him to get, I guess."
The Cowboys were hampered a little bit on Thursday because they had only one healthy tight end, Witten, who had a full knowledge of the plays.
Guard Pat McQuistian moved to the tight end position in a cameo performance. DajLeon Farr, who signed Tuesday, caught an 18-yard reception. But he only knew so much. It limited Garrett in what he was able to do in the two- and three-tight end sets.
Neither Garrett nor coach Wade Phillips wanted to use any excuses about why the offense struggled.
The first-team running game of Marion Barber and Jones produced just 12 rushing yards.
Garrett and Phillips said the Raiders didn't pressure the quarterbacks as much as the Bengals did in the first preseason game.
Somehow, the Raiders sacked Romo three times and had a total of six.
"Well, I didn't like getting sacked five times in the first half, I can tell you that," Phillips said. "That's not good enough. We got things we need to work on and we didn't execute well enough."
The execution was lacking in many ways.
It's just the second game of the preseason, and things will get better. The Cowboys are not showing their full offensive package and don't have all their weapons, including injured first-round pick Dez Bryant, who might not show up until the season opener.
However, scoring some points would be nice.
"We're running the same plays on first and second down at the 40-yard line as we are at the 10 or 20," Romo said. "But that's to our benefit as we go into the season. Congratulations if you score a touchdown now. Then you guys write about it for a week and then that play doesn't work in Washington because we used it. There's that sense. There's also the sense that says we just need to get into the end zone, find a way. And we will."
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