3 pre-playoff fixes for the Dallas Cowboys offense
By Tyrone Starr
2. Run more sets with six offensive linemen
Ever since Week 6, the Cowboys’ run game has stalled. Dallas was averaging over 200 yards per game on the ground prior to mid-October. Since then, that production has literally been cut in half.
There are plenty of reasons for this decline. Offensive linemen have been in and out of the lineup due to injuries or COVID. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has been playing hurt most of the season. The run play calls have not exactly been on point. Most of all, however, the Cowboys’ tight ends are flat-out terrible blockers.
Dalton Schultz, primarily, has been dismal when it comes to blocking. While his pass-catching is a valuable weapon to have at your disposal, his blocking has often been a liability. Because of that, I’d like to see more six offensive linemen sets.
Schultz can still come in on passing downs and can even be in the rotation of three-receiver sets when you go six linemen and one back. Running to his side or expecting Schultz to hold up his blocks needs to be a thing of the past.