Cowboys need accountability for doomed beginnings

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys prepares to take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 8:10 PM

IRVING – Amid a slew of stuttering starts for the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Jason Garrett must accept responsibility for his offense's futility early in games.  

He can't figure it out and neither can I. If you can, by all means leave a comment or send me an email. The address is below this post. 

But I digress: The way the Cowboys put themselves in a hole has reached an almost comical peak –– although the humor is probably lost on Cowboys nation while they're collectively yelling at their televisions.

For the fifth straight home game, the Cowboys dug a double-digit hole in the first half.

In the last three games, all against sub-.500 teams with rookie quarterbacks, the Cowboys have been outscored 58-13 collectively in the first halves.  The only thing more ridiculous is the Cowboys have actually won two of those games –– testimony to just how bad the Browns and Eagles are, and also just how bad this problem really is.

The Cowboys followed their dysfunctional script to the letter against the Eagles, falling behind by seven points early. They then set up shop deep in Philadelphia territory, only to have a couple of penalties stall the drive, forcing them to settle for a field goal.  

I tweeted, "I've seen this movie before." The hashtag should have been #troublegoingforward.

If the Cowboys don't fix their failure to launch issues immediately, they will hit the December doldrums in a hurry.  

The Cowboys are staring down the Bengals' Andy Dalton; the Steelers' Ben Roesthlisberger (should he return from injury); the Saints' Drew Brees, and, as we've seen, the Redskins' Robert Griffin, III, who won't be so kind to the Cowboys in comeback mode.

Running back DeMarco Murray's return gives the Cowboys offense reason for hope.  He carried it 23 times for 83 yards and his impact was unmistakable.  

Murray forces defenses to play honest, and not load-up with coverage on the back end and pressure up front. He came out of the gates quickly on the team's first drive with a 14 yard gain on the first play and another nice scamper for seven yards, but not even that could jumpstart the Cowboys' offense early on.

They've got a problem with producing when they're on even footing with their opponent. Let me know your theories, because I can't figure it out.

I know this though, it's got to change going forward, or this team is looking at a sub-par season.

Email: jtrahan@wfaa.com

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