This past week I had the great honor and privilege of speaking about the joys of writing with Mrs. Fuchs seventh grade class and Mrs. Dunlap’s eleventh graders at Garland Christian Academy http://www.garlandchristian.com/. I challenged the students to write about topics which interest them, picture themselves writing to an audience whom they care about, and finally requested they have confidence that their words will make an impact. I also stressed how important their voices are in this world and to never diminish their own effectiveness by thinking their work does not matter.
Needless to say it was a wonderful time and I am very thankful to have had the opportunity. As I spoke to the students, I was astonished by their football knowledge. David Figueredo, who is a junior at GCA and plays middle linebacker for the Swordsmen, explained the Cowboys protection breakdown which resulted in the Tony Romo sack and his bruised ribs a few games back. The topic of the Cowboys play and how they could improve was again top of mind when twelve year old Payton Carter exclaimed, “They need to run the ball more.” Others offered very good and insightful advice for the Cowboys too.
As I considered the opinions of these students, two things surprised me. First, knowledgeable Cowboys fans are not only spread across the world, but they also come in all ages young and old. Second, the innocent voice of a twelve year old hit the nail on the head as he laid out a winning formula which the Cowboys had to and did follow to triumph over the St. Louis Rams.
Out of 67 plays from scrimmage, the Cowboys ran the ball 35 times. On more than half of their plays Dallas attempted to run the ball. The old adage of running to set up the pass still applies in today’s NFL. If offenses do not offer up a balanced attack, then their opposition will simply adjust and “dare” them to attack with the perceived weakness.
The bottom line on this impressive Cowboys victory against the Rams is that Dallas ran the ball effectively, tied the turnover battle, held the ball only seven minutes less than St. Louis, and executed solid defense while sacking Quarterback Sam Bradford six times.
If the Cowboys can stick to this winning formula, they will have a highly successful playoff caliber season. If they get away from the balanced offense again, they might consider calling some seventh graders in Garland to relearn the winning game plan.
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