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, the Dallas Cowboys offense stinks in 2018. Only the woeful Arizona Cardinals (6.7 points per game) score at a worse clip than the Cowboys (13.7 per game). Dallas is also 30th in the league in overall yards per game, and 31st in passing yards per game. Dak Prescott ranks 27th in the league in QB rating and yards per attempt. Prescott has been sacked 11 times which is fifth-most in the league, an indictment of the offensive line play. We could walk through more numbers that illustrate the ineptness of the offense, but that would be beating the proverbial dead horse. It’s pretty obvious to all this offense is not performing even at a mediocre level. Mediocre would actually represent a vast improvement. The debate over who is to blame is also something that is going on, but it won’t be the focus here. Instead, let’s look at some steps the coaching staff could take to shake things up and maybe jump-start things on that side of the ball.1. Go to the hurry-up out of the gateThe Cowboy offense seems to function a little better when they are are in hurry-up mode, or catch-up mode, in 2018. Against Carolina and Seattle, the offense had some of its better moments when it was behind later in the games and forced to pick up the pace. This involved running a lot of shotgun and calling more of the plays at the line without a full huddle. Fewer tight ends, more receivers and spreading the defense out. Whenever this idea is brought up we must state the qualifier, defenses are usually playing more passive at these times so completions and yards are easier to come by. Still, the Cowboys need to try something different, even if it’s just to help the offense psychologically. 2. Run the read-optionThe Cowboys offense can’t be reliant on Dak Prescott’s legs, but whenever he does get involved in the running game the offense is more efficient. Both Jerry and Stephen Jones have made comments worrying about exposing their quarterback to too many hits by running him too much, but there has to be a balance. Yesterday we saw almost no read-options and Dak only ran the ball late in the game. They have to make it happen earlier and they can’t worry about him getting injured, because if he doesn’t run some, the offense stinks anyway.3. Take shots downfieldWe posted this in a previous article, but it bears repeating. This chart is ridiculous.There is a discussion about who is at fault for this. Certainly the coaches are calling plays that have receivers running patterns more than 15 yards downfield. But how often, and who is the main read on those plays? Are none of the receivers getting open? Does Prescott just not have enough time to make the throws? Or is he not trusting himself to throw the ball and instead playing it way too safe? A smart observer would guess that it’s a mixture of all of these.Dallas coaches can remedy this by calling a few plays where Prescott is instructed to either throw it deep to a receiver, or throw it deep out of bounds or intentionally overthrow the deep receiver. There need to be a few plays were he doesn’t have a checkdown option. Yes, I know, this isn’t sound football thinking, you never want a pass play without options. But desperate times call for desperate measures. The Cowboys should run a few plays with only a couple of guys in the pattern (two or three), and have them all push at least 12-15 yards downfield with at least one running a go pattern or deep post. This sounds like schoolyard ball Youth Chidobe Awuzie Jersey
, and in some respects it is, but the Cowboys have to push the ball downfield on occasion, what we see in the above chart is totally unacceptable. 4. Utilize Rico GathersOkay, maybe this is a personal thing. Even so, the Cowboys should still try it for one game. The tight end situation of Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin isn’t scaring defenses. Swaim had five catches yesterday, but Seattle will take that any day. He’s not threatening anyone. Jarwin has been non-existent. Rico Gathers has more size and athletic talent than either of those guys. For one game, the Cowboys should really integrate Gathers into their passing attack and legitimately try to get him the ball. Just try it Dallas. What do you have to lose? Sure, this may be a Hail Mary type of move, but once you’ve done it at least you’d know. You’re carrying him on your roster, and keeping him active, use him.5. Give Tavon Austin more opportunitiesRemember way back in the offseason when the Cowboys were calling Austin a web back? They were going to use him out of the backfield as a complement to Ezekiel Elliott. Stephen Jones even said he needed like 20 touches a game which made us all blow the beverage we were drinking through our nose, covering our keyboard. Austin doesn’t need 20 touches a game, but they sure should figure out ways to get him more involved. Dallas has four touchdowns on the year, Austin has two of those. He’s averaging 11.3 yard on three rushing attempts. That’s one rushing attempt on average per game. Certainly that could be raised to three or five. He also only has five passing targets on the year (and has caught them all), yet has two touchdowns and the only truly explosive play the Cowboys have had this season, all in that small number of opportunities. Screens, handoffs, sweeps, reverses, passes, whatever, let’s find some ways to get him the ball.Cowboys show real life on offense as they edge Lions 26-24 It was a nail-biting, heart-stopping game for the Dallas Cowboys, as they came from behind in the closing seconds to get a badly needed 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions. More importantly http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/chris-jones-jersey-cheap
, so many of the Cowboys’ offensive problems that have been so riling the fan base seemed to have been successfully addressed - at least for the moment.Look, you can’t claim that one game against a team that also came in at 1-2 is real proof that things have been fixed. But you can’t ignore the positives of this contest, either. Just about every question about the offense had a good answer. The failure to get big plays had been one of the most glaring issues facing Dallas. In the first three games, they had only had three plays go for more than 20 yards. In the first half against the Lions, they had three plays go over 30 - and all came through the air. While two of them were short passes with big yards after the catch, Dak Prescott threw a 37 yard pass to Michael Gallup that served notice that he was not afraid to go deep. That was important not just for this game, but for the season going forward. Teams can’t just focus on bottling up the run game and guarding against the short pass. With the offense able to get chunk passing plays, even if just for a few during a game, the run game opens up and those short completions have a better chance of adding that YAC. That was obviously working for the Cowboys in this game, as Ezekiel Elliott broke a 41 yard run in the third quarter and had easily his best game of the season, eclipsing 200 yards in combined offense about midway through the fourth quarter. He also had a 38 yard touchdown reception and a 34 yard catch to set up the last second field goal attempt by Brett Maher.But even while it was clearly the most complete offensive performance of the year for the offense, they had a Lions team and quarterback Matthew Stafford that were coming at them hard. And the one offensive bugaboo that did rear its head was failing to complete drives, having to settle three times for Maher field goals. That kept Detroit in the game, especially as Stafford repeatedly completed passes that were nearly perfectly covered by Chidobe Awuzie. The Lions had apparently made the decision that they were going to attack Awuzie, and didn’t challenge Bryon Jones at all. They also had some effective runs at times, and Stafford came through again after Dallas had taken a 23-17 lead in the fourth. He overcame DeMarcus Lawrence’s third sack of the game, and used just 3:32 off the clock to move down the field and hit Golden Tate for a 38 yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys were playing short-handed in the secondary with Jeff Heath out with a shoulder injury. But Stafford was doing that all day, and Tate was over 100 yards for the game. It gave Detroit a one point lead, and Dallas just 2:17 to try and get in position for at least a shot at a winning field goal. But Prescott came up with an ice-in-his-veins drive, Maher put his fourth attempt of the game, a 38 yarder, right down the middle, and the Cowboys got a very important win.It was somewhat ironic that in a game where the offense finally began to get on track, the defense was just not able to make plays so often. Still Cheap Sean Lee Jersey
, they were able to keep things close enough for the dramatic win at the end. There were several interesting developments in this one. After a lot of talk about Brice Butler being active while Terrance Williams was not, Butler was a no-show. In addition to his 152 yards on 25 carries, Zeke was also the leading receiver with 88 yards and a touchdown on four catches. Geoff Swaim had three nice grabs, including a one yard touchdown throw, and Cole Beasley was the workhorse of the wide receiver group, catching four for 53 yards. And the Cowboys finally did something many have been calling for. They won the toss, and then deferred. It had a lot to do with the field position to start the second half, which helped them get the crucial second touchdown of the game. The Lions helped the Cowboys at times, making several penalties that extended Dallas drives and wiped out one sack of Prescott. They might have been egregious flags, since there were a lot of plays where it looked like a flag could have been thrown for pass interference, but the hankies stayed in the pockets.A scary moment came when Elliott was going for a fourth and one in the third quarter from the three yard line. He got the yardage needed, but was fighting for the touchdown when the ball popped straight up into the air. Fortunately, Blake Jarwin recovered it, and Prescott would hit Swaim for the TD on the next play.There were really only two negatives to take from this game, The secondary was not at all good, and Heath’s injury is worrisome. And those three dries that could have been touchdowns but left four points on the field were disheartening. But the positives were far more numerous. The play-calling looked creative at times, and the execution by the players was vastly improved. No one made that big mistake on offense that could have caused a loss. Prescott was good if not great, finishing with 255 yard passing on 17 of 27 and two touchdowns and a 118.6 passer rating. And Elliott was a monster, accounting for 240 yards total offense and the touchdown. Add in that the offensive line looked noticeably better, with more protection for most of the game and some gaping holes for Zeke plus a spectacular downfield block by Joe Looney on the screen pass touchdown, and there was a lot of hope to take from this game. Now all they have to do is repeat it. But given all the good things they showed, that does not look like it is out of the question at all.