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Cowboys’ Jason Garrett offers stunning quote about analytics that explains so much

Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is seriously on the hot seat right now after his team fell to 6-5 with an ugly loss to the New England Patriots.

Among the most troubling aspects of the Garrett-led Cowboys is his consistency when it comes to making the wrong decisions at exactly the wrong time. Mistakes made on special teams Sunday in the team’s loss to New England highlighted this to perfection.

On Monday, Garrett was asked about using in-game analytics — almost certainly because of those mistakes — and his response was stunning.

Different people to have different approaches. That’s for sure.

For instance, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has so completely bought in to in-game analytics that he hired a 25-year-old behavioral economics major to give him win probabilities during games, per Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic. The Ravens are thriving thanks to the aggressive approach Harbaugh has taken.

Meanwhile, Garrett is still back in the NFL’s equivalent of the stone age. And team owner, Jerry Jones, is not a happy camper.

So maybe, Garrett might want to consider in-game analytics going forward. It sure couldn’t hurt.