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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Topics: 12 Package, Dallas Cowboys, Tight End

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  • johnnydals

    So very true…wished they would have used Clutts ALOT MORE in the games once they picked him up! They abandoned him once the fumble occurred in GB game! Just as when RB who fumbled was benched then responded in Thanksgiving game with GIANT Win before leaving with season ending injury!! Cant think of name off hand! They punish themselves by punishing players for a MISTAKE! What would happen if they bench Murray after HIS FUMBLES?? Need a consistant plan and stick to whats working!!! PLEASE!☆

  • GoalLineStan

    Jones has been toying with the 12 concept and trying to build his team around it for years now. Still no success and, what, three no. 2′s devoted to TE’s that all end up going to other teams where they excel. I’m not even sure if the 12 is still an effective set anymore now that defenses have built teams around stopping it. I also wonder what great players at other positions this team could have had if Jones weren’t so stubbornly bad at his job and dead set on drafting TE’s when we need so many other players.

  • Earl Robertson

    It is getting real old when us as fans can be watching the game and are like why are they doing this or why ain’t doing this more? Just seems like the whole org doing the opposite of what it takes to win football games getting so sick of it!

  • ctcowboy1968

    Completely agree on scrapping the 12. The “12″ stinks in Dallas. JJ has to stop drafting TEs completely. Just stop already. We’ve seen this movie and the ending sucks. Why do the coaches insist on playing a formation that doesn’t work? Because they are idiots!
    I don’t agree on carrying a 4th TE. We can’t afford to carry a 4th on the game day roster.

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