Cowboys vs. Packers

Jason Garrett took a break from clapping to spike a flag.

Jim Rome
October 07, 2019 - 11:25 am
Jason Garrett

USA Today


There was so much happening yesterday that I had to wait this long to get to the Packers and the Cowboys. Normally, when two teams like that hook up, that is the story of the day. Two of the most successful franchises in history, with national fanbases, and Super Bowl aspirations this year, meeting in Dallas is the stuff of headlines.

And that game lived up to the hype. Of course, it didn’t look like it would, initially. Not when Green Bay came out and made themselves at home in Jerry’s house.

Then again, that’s Jerruh’s house as much as it is Aaron’s house. He’s 4-0 there and the Packers are 5-0 there. And that includes the Super Bowl win.

That would explain how they got out to the 31-3 lead that had everyone freaking out. 

Because it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was burying the Packers, after that ugly loss to the Eagles. And it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was saying the Cowboys were arguably the best team in the NFC. 

And here they were getting steamrolled by Aaron Jones, who had 182 yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns, and a Packers defense that was fired up and causing problems for Dak. 

But then Dallas apparently tasted their own blood. And started firing back. And went from down 31-3 to down 34-24 with just under eight minutes to play. Dallas getting blown out to start the game wasn’t the most shocking part of the game. And neither was the fact that they battled like crazy to get back into the game and had a chance to make it a one score game late, before they missed a field goal.

No, the most shocking part was Jason Garrett losing his bleep on the sideline. Straight lost his mind. Esp. Garrett. Because. For anyone else, that’s just an angry throw of the challenge flag, but for Jason Garrett, that’s Hulk Smash levels of rage. 

If you haven’t seen it, the moment took place late in the third quarter when Amari Cooper was ruled out of bounds on a pass from Dak Prescott. 

He clearly was not out of bounds. And Garrett was pissed that he had to use his final challenge on a play that was obvious.

So he threw the flag down WITH ANGER.

Do you know how pissed he has to be to stop clapping? And not only to stop clapping, but to spike a flag like that?

And the side judge, Scott Edwards, hit him with a flag of his own. 

Jason Garrett throws down a red flag to challenge the play, the side judge throws a yellow flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. The red flag goes down, the yellow flag goes up. It was almost like performance art. 

Jason Garrett tried to throw that red flag into the center of the earth and Scott Edwards tried to throw his yellow flag through the roof.

According to Garrett: "Apparently he didn't like how I threw the [challenge] flag.”

According to the ref, Ron Torbert, the flag was for: “abusive language toward an official." 

And according to Jerry Jones, that’s a load of crap: "Oh, I hope the little darling didn't hear something he hadn't heard before. We should all stop the wheel over that if he got [a penalty for] abusive language."

Uhh, Jerrah, I see you working, but let’s not be calling officials “little darling.” That’s not cool. I’m totally cool with your head coach losing it like that and the side judge was being ridiculous about throwing his flag, but dropping a little darling isn’t good.

So instead of the Cowboys picking up 27 yards for the completion, they only get a net of 12 yards after the penalty. 

Look, it’s not okay for coaches to scream a bunch of profanities at officials, but you can’t tell me that’s the first time that’s happened to that side judge. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we shouldn’t know the names of the referees and we sure as hell shouldn’t know the names of the side judges. That’s a really bad sign. 

And the thing is, I get where Garrett is coming from. He was already bent about a pass interference call from earlier and now he has to use his final challenge on a play that should’ve been called correctly in the first place. So he’s there correcting the officials mistakes, because they keep making them.

Of course he’s going to be pissed. The refs make a mistake, Jason Garrett has to pay a price to correct that mistake for them, and then gets hit again when he nearly dislocates his shoulder throwing the flag. 

I still can’t believe how much fire Jason Garrett showed on that. Amazing. Forget getting blown out early and then coming back to make it close, that is the real story. Jason Garrett taking a break from clapping to spike a flag and then getting flagged for spiking that flag.