Jason Garret, the current (emphasis on “current”) coach of the Dallas Cowboys, decided to punt the ball back to the Texans in OT instead of going for it on 4th and 1. Seriously. And it cost his team the game. The lesson is crystal clear: there are times to play it safe and there are times to take a chance, or a risk, or more pointedly, a leap of faith. The only problem is, you need to know in your knower which time is the right time, and which time is the wrong time, to go for it. But you absolutely have to know.
Winning is all about faith. It’s about believing in yourself and in your teammates and having the courage to move forward when the odds are against you. To get touchdowns you first need to get first downs, and Dallas failed on both counts last night against the Texans. And it was a bad decision by the coach that lead to the latest Dallas debacle.
Here’s how one sports writer put it:
“I’m going to say something that folks who cover the NFL haven’t have reason to say in a long time — Jerry Jones was right.
In overtime of Sunday night’s loss to the Texans, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett opted to punt on fourth-and-1 from Houston’s 42-yard line on the first possession of the extra frame. That needlessly cautious decision gave Houston the ball back, and they drove 72 yards down the field to kick the game-winning goal.
After the game, Jones called out his coach. ‘We were being outplayed. It’s time for risks at that particular time.’
He’s right.” Jerry Jones, for once, was absolutely right. This time. https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2018/10/8/17950526/cowboys-texans-fourth-down-punt-overtime-jerry-jones-criticism-jason-garrett-hot-seat
So let’s learn the lesson; when everything is on the line, don’t play it safe . . . GO FOR IT!