James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
When the Cowboys look back on their season wondering what else they could have done, this will be the first game they remember.
Dallas should have beaten the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6.
The Cowboys outplayed the Ravens that day, receiving every break possible, including a recovered onside kick.
But with 22 seconds left, Garrett's clock-management skills abandoned him.
Dez Bryant had just caught a slant over the middle for a one-yard gain. Then, instead of calling the Cowboys' final timeout or urging his team to spike the ball, Garrett allowed the clock to wind down to six seconds before calling a timeout.
The result was a missed 51-yard Dan Bailey field goal that allowed the Ravens to steal a victory.
In that situation, Garrett should have called the timeout immediately, a tactic that would have likely allowed Dallas to call at least few more plays to move the ball closer for Bailey.
It was an error so egregious that even Garrett admitted his mistake following the contest. (h/t ESPN)
When we look at that situation, the evaluation is that we need to do a better job in that situation. That starts with me just executing and getting more out of that situation. If you look at where we are on the field, how many timeouts we have left and what we're trying to get accomplished. We understood we were in field goal range at that time. We felt good about the distance and that Dan Bailey could kick the ball. Having said that, we wanted to get closer.
Head coaches can't make these kind of mistakes. They're supposed to put their team in the best possible situation to win, not cost their teams games.
Garrett must eliminate these errors next season.
If not, his third full season in Dallas will be his last.