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Ten Burning Questions Surrounding the Dallas Cowboys

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Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan talks into his headset during the game with the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

9. What Effect Will Scott Linehan Have On The Offense?

I think a lot of fans are expecting passing game coordinator Scott Linehan to pass the ball more in Dallas. But if we look at last year’s numbers, that wasn’t the case in Detroit.

In 2013, the Lions ran the ball 443 times. They passed it 668 times. That means Detroit ran it 40% of the time.

In contrast, the Cowboys ran the ball 336 times in 2013. They passed it 578 times. So Dallas actually ran the ball 37% of the time.

That means the Lions were actually a more balance offense last year than the Cowboys. I’d expect to see more of an equal share with Linehan calling the plays, especially with a stud player like DeMarco Murray at running back.

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  • Old Frog

    Draft O line and run the damn ball! Garrett ain’t going anywhere – the Cowboys will either make the playoffs or have enough reasonable excuses (like Romo goes down) to justify keeping him.

  • David

    Yeah they should stick with that group of safeties. Wow…

  • Sad Fan

    My only question is, when is Jerry Jones going to die?!!!

  • SmartThinking

    You’ve stated and answered, brutally honestly, all ten. Other than the question of how much will big Jones muck up the draft with bad decisions, everything else is pretty much what us pragmatists see with this team as well.

    Here are my major areas of concern: a) good as he is, and I think he’s the best I’ve ever seen, you just can’t rely on Marinelli to push the envelope much more than he already has, especially with what I can only expect will be new draft picks and raw 1 yr. men on defense. B) every major talker on this team has refused to address the most important and easiest to fix component of the offense — two new OG’s to power the O line so Murray can get 1,500 yds. instead of 1,000+. C) can Garrett stand up, be a real coach and instill enough grit and determination in this team, particularly in the face of a brutal schedule, to make them competitive, even if just in their own division (I don’t see Dallas winning against the Giants or Eagles and splitting against Washington).

    Twenty or so years without a competent contender is long enough. I believe this team’s fan base has had enough. Witness lagging Cowboys merchandise sales as Exhibit A. I’ll wager that stadium seat contracts will falter this year as well and tha by itself will drive a stake through big Jones’ facsimile of a heart.

    And I also think big Jones has seen the writing on the wall and is slowly passing off responsibility to others …. reserving the right, as ego-maniacs do, to screw up the system at any point he chooses.

    Another year of backwards progress and big Jones will have even less to boast about plus a lot more angry villagers at his gates. We shall see. I just hope it doesn’t get any bloodier before it gets better. But I’m a cynic, too.

  • baronmwd

    I disagree with the notion that Dallas is trying to replace the production of the 4 probowl defensive linemen. In 2013 you had Ratliff & Spencer who had no production for our D-Line. Ware had his worst season ever so his 2013 production should be easy to replace. Melton if healthy should be an adequate replacement for Hatcher with more upside due to his age.

    Also I’m not sold on bringing Spencer back. First off, no matter what we pay him it’s going to be a price that’s too high for a 30+ year old player coming off a major injury. Let’s not forget that we still don’t even know if Spencer can even be productive at DE. He has always been good against the run but only had one good season as a pass rusher but all of that production was as a stand up OLB. I think we draft a DE in 2nd or 3rd round and that player would be better, cheaper, younger & healthier then Spencer.

  • Earl Robertson

    As long as Heath isn’t on the field the defense will improve greatly

  • Guy Smith

    Know what’s scary, we could trade Down and get a team to Overpay, maybe give up a Second AND third rounder, but then you have to see Who’s doing the selecting for us, and That;s when it gets scary.