Run vs Pass: What's more important for Cowboy's success?
Do you have to open up the running game by passing or open up the passing game by running...
The chicken or the egg? I think it's really an argument that could be talked about all day long, but for me if you can't do both with some success you are definitely going to struggle to win a championship.
2008. The Steelers won themselves a title with no running game. And the team they beat, the Cardinals really didn't have a running game either. But those teams also had very opportunistic defenses that season.
I think you would consider the Saints and Colts passing teams, but they seemed to run the ball with some success when they had to in the playoffs.
The Jets pretty much depended on their running game and they reached the AFC Championship game. What are the Vikings who were one or two plays from playing for a title?
For the Cowboys I think their offense has to be somewhat balanced. The offensive line isn't the greatest at run blocking so Jason Garrett has turned to a 'tricky' running game by running draws from the shotgun and using a lot of delay runs too. The problem is that going into the shotgun formation all the time limits some of your options and Andre Gurode has had some trouble in the past with his snaps.
When the Cowboys ran up against 34 defenses who changed things up from what was on their game film (Green Bay as an example) the offensive line had trouble figuring out their assignments. So if you can run the ball and stay away long third downs you stay away from some of those exotic blitz situations too.
Tony Romo and his weapons could probably put up enough points to win games if Jason Garrett decided that this was a passing team on 70% of the plays. But then what about Wade's defense who would have to face a lot of time on the field if the offense had a bunch of three and outs. I don't want to have to win every game 38-35.
Guess what. The NFL is a huge chess game. These offensive and defensive coordinators are adding and changing things so much from one game to the next that it's a shame these NFL players don't get more credit for their smarts.
Which is more important from your angle: Running or Passing game?