While there’s no doubt that the Cowboys live and die by the pass, efficient rushing can go a long way in taking pressure off of Tony Romo and setting up big plays through the air. Through Week 9 of the 2012 season, however, the Cowboys’ rushing attack has been abysmal, averaging 3.57 YPC.
I track the location of each running play, as well as the linemen who are at the point-of-attack. On most running plays, two linemen are at the point. On some outside runs, like stretches and tosses, it is sometimes just the offensive tackle (although usually another lineman pulls). Below, I’ve graphed the yards gained with each lineman at the point-of-attack thus far in 2012.