Cowboys Offense Couldn’t Find Daylight When In Red-Zone During 2001 Season
Dave Campo’s Dallas Cowboys had a lot of problems in 2001, a fact that became glaringly evident with each venture near the goal-line. With a shaky offensive line and a quarterback situation that simply wouldn’t sort itself out, the Cowboys offense made the simple tasks look anything but while trying to score from in close.
No greater testament to the depleted state of that roster existed than Dallas’ inability to pound the ball over the defense for a smash-mouth touchdown. The Cowboys didn’t score a rushing touchdown until Week 4 against Oakland, and that came off a fake field-goal attempt when former high school teacher Tim Seder reached paydirt from 8 yards out. Clint Stoerner was next, running in from 6 yards away in Dallas’ Week 6 victory over Arizona.
The first Dallas running back to score a touchdown in 2001 was Troy Hambrick on Thanksgiving Day versus Denver. Emmitt Smith finally scored one a week later.
Perhaps Tim Green of Fox Sports said it best with this statement in middle of the 2001 season: “The Cowboys are not a very good football team. But [ the red zone] is where they’ve just been absolutely, unbelievably ugly.”
(You can read more about the struggles of the 2001 Dallas Cowboys in Ryan Bush’s book “Decade of Futility.”)