Better Ingredients. Better Team. Dallas Cowboys. That’s gotta be the mantra of our offensive and passing game coordinator Scott Linehan. Once Linehan joined the Cowboys, speculation began that Tony Romo would throw the ball 89 times per game in 2014. Even if that became true, here’s a fun fact: Since Romo had 535 passing attempts with 10 interceptions, he’d still have less than the 27 interceptions than Eli Manning threw last season (choke on that haters!). If you need the math, visit my Facebook page. It’s been my argument that Linehan’s infactuation with the pass is an illusion. My regular readers may know I love to present data in chart format – so with data from NFL.com:
|Team||O Line Experience||Attempts Ranking||Attempts||Rushing Yards||Yardage Ranking||Yards Per Rush Avg||TD’s|
Although the Dallas Cowboys had a less experienced offensive line, they still managed a better rushing average than Linehan’s former team. The Cowboys problem used to be that they couldn’t run the ball but Bill Callahan has fixed that. Afterwards, our problem became a failure to run the ball enough. With a limited number of rushing attempts the Cowboys still had more success rushing the football. Based on numbers, I believe that Linehan will continue to run the ball because the Cowboys have better ingredients, they’re a better team.
|Points Per Game||1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||Totals||Season Record|
|Lions||3||8.5||5.6||7.6||24.7||7 – 9|
|Cowboys||5.7||7.8||6.1||7.8||27.4||8 – 8|
The Lions and Cowboys had one thing in common last season, based on the above chart. They both surrendered more points to their opponents in the fourth quarter. It’s general football knowledge that teams in the lead run the ball to slow the game down while losing teams throw the ball more to get downfield and score quickly. With time running out and needing to score points, the Lions and Cowboys both resorted to throwing the ball more. Linehan continued to run the football with the Lions.