2014 Cowboys Must Scrap “12 Package”

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Oct 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


DeMarco Murray is certainly not the fastest back in the league between receiving the handoff and hitting the running hole at the line of scrimmage.

Running backs of this nature almost always perform best behind a fullback.  It allows them a little more time to see the flow of the play before a defender is on top of them.

The delay while the FB is targeting his block provides a brief moment for the RB to reach the appropriate lane before resistance.  Look no further than Murray’s increase in rushing results as soon as the Cowboys signed a true FB.

Tyler Clutts was added to the roster on Dec. 3.  In the 10 games prior to his arrival, Murray had surpassed the 90 yard rushing mark only once.  With Clutts in the mix, he rushed for 146, 134, 96, and 48.

3 of the remaining 4 games Murray eclipsed the 90 yard mark.  That’s an average of 106 yards rushing per game over that stretch.  Some may point to an increase in carries as the culprit.

Truth is the increase in carries wasn’t that remarkable.  Only once in the final 4-game span did DeMarco tote the rock over 18 times.  Murray had already turned in 4 games prior with 16 or more carries, just one produced above 90 yards.

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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.