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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