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

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The Cowboys are throwing the ball 67% of the time. The top five passing teams are the Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. Combined, these teams have a record of 10-23, but not because they are passing so much. It’s because they’re bad teams right now.

Nobody’s going to pick the Falcons with injuries to both wide receivers – Julio Jones and Roddy White – and running back Stephen Jackson. The only things working for Atlanta is quarterback Matt Ryan and future Hall of Fame tight end, Tony Gonzales.

The Steelers lost their deep receiving threat when wide receiver Mike Wallace went to the Miami Dolphins. They have also had injuries to their offensive line and their defense is getting slow and old. They haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in 16 games. In other words, since Jerome “The Bus” Bettis retired.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws on the run in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

Cleveland. Really, do I have to talk about Cleveland? Trent Richardson was the poster child in Cleveland and he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Josh Cribbs, wide receiver and return specialist is now with the New York Jets. The Browns need to make some more moves with Bernie Kosar and Earnest Byner. Huh? What do you mean they retired in the 1990′s? Well, that’s the last time I remember the Browns being relevant.

Finally, the New York Giants are awful because of the 15 interceptions thrown by Eli Manning this season. Manning has had two prior seasons with more than 20 interception and this will probably be the third. Manning was lucky enough to have a dominant defense that he rode to two Super Bowl victories. He’s like an over-rated Trent Dilfer from the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

These other teams aren’t the Dallas Cowboys. They don’t have a Hall of Fame tight end like Jason Witten. They don’t have a game changing beast like Dez Bryant. They don’t have a play-making rookie like Terrance Williams. They don’t have an agile route runner like Cole Beasley. They don’t have a guy that does it all and more like Dwayne Harris. You haven’t seen the best of tight end James Hanna and our version of the New Orleans Saints Jimmy Graham, Mr. Gavin Escobar.

If we’re going to throw the ball every down, I’m on board. Let’s turn Tony Romo into Dan Marino with the Mark Brothers or Warren Moon running the run and shoot. I’m sorry, I meant running the shoot and shoot. Neither of them won Super Bowls, but maybe we’ll be different. I’m sure we’ll be different and win every game this season including the Super Bowl, because I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan first and foremost. Other teams will copy us and eliminate the running back position and the Dallas Cowboys will be trend setters for the future of the NFL.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) dives for the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) at AT

If not, then we might draft two guards and execute some running plays next season. As for now, Tony Romo is my starting quarterback in two fantasy leagues, so let it fly!


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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.