2014 Cowboys Must Scrap "12 Package"

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) carries the ball as Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) dives to make the tackle in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Simply put, the 2013 Dallas Cowboys had no business running a “12” or “13” package as their base formation for the rushing attack.

Multiple TE formations aren’t a bad idea if the offense features a solid, powerful blocking TE to pair with their primary receiving TE.

In Dallas, the 2 remaining TE’s not named Witten (Gavin Escobar, James Hannah) are less than average blockers.  As expected, this strategy blunder resulted in a huge disadvantage and lack of push at the point of attack.

If new play-caller Scott Linehan wants the best chance at improved rushing results, he must press Jason Garrett to demote the “12 package” from a base formation back to an alternate change of pace design.

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