Running Plays? The Cowboys Don't Need No Stinking Running Plays!

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You read it right. The Cowboys don’t need any running plays and I’m going to jump on board with head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan’s plan to eliminate running plays from the Dallas Cowboys offense.

It not like Garrett or Callahan are listening to sports journalists, former coaches, former players, NFL analysts and pundits, fans and those who own Dallas Cowboys running backs in their fantasy leagues. I’m tired of screaming – “Run the BALL!” at my tv.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against Minnesota Vikings safety Mistral Raymond (41) at AT

I’ve seen the numbers that “prove” you can’t win consistently or make a deep playoff run without an effective running game. In fact, I did the opposite and mentioned that the Cowboys should only use running plays. Of course, that insane suggestion was made during pre-season. Perhaps Garrett and Callahan saw my article and went in the other direction.

When I mention an effective running game, I am not begging for 25 carries and 100 yards. Many of us would be satisfied with the ability to run the ball to get first downs and kill the clock in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys can’t go three and out with three rapid incompletions and put the defense back on the field after taking 40 seconds off the clock. It’s unfair to blame the defense for giving up a score when you haven’t given them a chance to rest.

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  • SmartThinking

    It’s been tried before. San Diego, coached by Don Coryell and led by QB, Dan Fouts threw about 95 percent of every game. They called that package, ‘Air Coryell.” It wasn’t very successful anyway. As a team, San Diego had better receivers than Dallas does today, too. We have a narcissistic over achiever with a bad back, an error prone rookie, an aging tight end and a pint sized slot receiver plus a couple of running backs who, apparently, can’t run and catch at the same time. Chairman Darrell, who had back to back national champions at The University of Texas used to say, “there are three things that can happen when you pass the ball and two of them are bad.” Defenses today are a lot more conditioned to play for the pass and jump the route for an interception. Our own Sean Lee is Exhibit A in that department. And usually, teams throw over 80 percent because they can’t run. Kinda like Dallas today. A team needs an effective running game if, for no other reason than to keep the Linebackers, Corners and Safeties honest and from just laying back and playing catch with the QB. As my wife continually reminds me, there needs to be a little mystery in every relationship. Sure, a solid running game doesn’t have to be used every play. But it is an integral component of every team’s ability to achieve optimum field position and score points. Regardless of which of our four running backs get to carry the load, Dallas needs to run more than 9 or 10 plays a game, if for no other reason than to better the odds of an eventual interception at another critical time in the game and to keep a little mystery in the offense.