Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Bill Callahan Comes Through In Offensive Line Coming-Out Party

With the poor performance from the Dallas Cowboys going into the bye week, one of they key areas of concern was the Cowboys offensive line and running game. With a week of relaxation, offensive lineman eat-a-thons, and kumbaya circles, the Cowboys rushing attack, pass protection, and overall offensive line play seems to have improved to a respectable level.

The initial knee jerk reaction for the past weeks success in the running game is to credit Jason Garrett with his “amazing” play calling and sticking to the run game. The last game the Ravens played, the Kansas City Chiefs (ranked last in’s Power Rankings) piled up 214 yards on the ground. It wasn’t hard to see that this defense could be run on.

The credit all should go towards Offensive Line Coach, Bill Callahan.  Through the first four games of the season, the Baltimore Ravens allowed and average of 94.5 yards per game.  Only when they came against the #1 rushing attack in the NFL (at the time) did they allow such horrific yardage.

Bill Callahan stated in an interview that he “…sent four kids to college on that zone running game.” (Courtesy It looks as if the work put in by Callahan may start paying off for the Dallas Cowboys.  If you look at the teams the Cowboys have faced so far, the Seahawks, Bears, and Buccaneers have the 2nd, 1st, and 4th ranked rush defenses (respectively) and the stout competition can be attributed to the offenses horrible rushing performances thus far.

Remember how Phil Costa was berated last year like an ugly step child for being the lowest rated offensive lineman out of the starting five?  Well it looks like his return is beneficial to the Cowboys, and there is something that the Dallas front office and coaching staff saw that most viewers, analysts, and bloggers alike did not.

With a stretch of games against the 23rd, 16th, 27th, 15th, and 25th ranked rushing defenses, look for the Cowboys rushing attack to become the focal point of the offense.  This will not only help the Cowboys stay “ahead of the chains” but will allow them to protect the football and Quarterback Tony Romo better.


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  • kurumba

    Running more…..Precisely thus. Look Baltimore’s defence is leaky but they are still hard to beat at home. Let’s all admit Dallas should have won clearly but for raesons well known. But now there is a sniff of HOW TO GET ROLLING. ITS CALLED THE TANNER DUNBAR & JONES EXPRESS TRAIN… KEEP POUNDING & CUTTING THE FOOTBALL!!! Hey Shango…..Look at what happened to Baltimore. They were BEAT UP PHYSICALLY BY TANNER MURRAY & JONES. Ray Lewis was BOWLING BALLED BY PHILLIP TANNER!!! NO ONE ELSE DID THIS TO HALATI LEWIS & WEBB DID THEY ESPECIALKLY ON THEIR SACRED HOME GROUND! Here then is the recipe to end the Dallas blues… RUN & POUND THE FOOTBALL CONSISTENTLY. Use young Dunbar as a Darren Sproles type CHANGE OF PACE BACK. No team has any film of Tanner & Dunbar so EXPLOIT IT!!! The OL obviously loves banging into the opponent look at the Giants & Ravens games!!! If I am the under pressure Grrett desperately needing WINS I also use BOTH James Hanna AND Cole Beasley AS SHOCK WEAPONS IN THE PASSING GAME. Look at The Dancing man Vic Cruzzz… where did he come from -an undrafted free agent? Well Tanner & Dunbar & Beasley can do likewise. garret here is your recipe to go on a tear..,. Use NO NAMES WHOM THE OPPOSITION HAS NO GAME FILM ON!!! USE SHOCK TACTICS!!!!

  • californy

    The Cowboys look a lot better and differnt this game I have to give credit to the man callaghan, but at the same time critize JG. I have a good friend who use to blog on this site and she has been telling me about the double TE blocking formation and the veer set all season long. How is it that this Cowboy fan and writer know more about football than a Harvard graduate college QB. It is evident that JG is not the man for this job. Costa look good in his return and was having me eat some crow, until he went down again with an injury. My critizm of Costa had more to do that he is not strong enough to play the Center position and once again after one game he is hurt again. i critize JJ for not upgrading the Ol during this bye week. i still believe we have player in Arkin, Leary, Parnell who shouldnt be on this team at all. Living and Bernadeau despite their better showing are no better than NFL back up.
    Shilotolu Panther Guard was one of the I wanted out of this year draft, you are going to see him this Sunday. He would of save us money and has more talent than Bernadeau. This Sunday the boys finally ran like I been blogging for the last couple of week. i said the Cowboys streghth is on the edges and on the backside run, this is the type of formation the veer attacks. It good to see the boy can now run, this can help the boys during this stretch when the boys will be away from home cooking. Despite the running sucess we must tone down the excitement of the running game and consider the fact the raven were not one of the better defenses in the NFL, that kind of surprising but I am still glad we have a better running game and some real RB depth now,