Originally Posted by Idgit
Sturm's blog today made an interesting point re: attempts to Dez starting slowly and scaling as we get further into the game. Perhaps it's the case where it really does take Romo some snaps to figure out how to setup his best passing game weapons.
In the meantime, though, we've had drive killing mistakes, drops, and penalties that make it harder to get those snaps early. Maybe if we still had an option like Robinson who was more consistent early, or had a working running game keeping early conversions manageable, we'd get those snaps sooner and work Dez/Miles into the position we want them in sooner.
It's an interesting thought. That we're basically making adjustments effective enough to compensate for the shortcomings of the base offense, but that it takes us some time to do it. Runs counter to the prevailing opinion, of course. And I'm not sure it's accurate, myself.
I think it's pretty obvious that Romo and Garrett like to get a feel early on as to what the opposing defense is going to do. That's essentially what scripting the first 15 plays is about...scripting the 1st quarter's offensive plays and get the personnel packages and looks you want and see how the opponent is going to defend them.
I don't know if Garrett scripts the first 15 plays or not. But you're right, they do have penalties that kill drives. And if you put yourself at 2nd and 20, the go away from the script because the down and distance has screwed evertyhing up. But, that will mean that they will carry that script into the 2nd quarter.
Sadly for me, I think the revolution is to go with a hurry up style of offense and snap the ball early into the play clock. I think it makes things easier for the entire offense because they don't have to worry about the opposing defense switching and disguising coverages, stunts and blitzes. Furthermore, the opposing defense cannot substitute personnel as effectively as they want to. In other words, the hurry up will dictate what goes on the field instead of the defense dictating it. And it's simpler as well. I think we have the QB to run an effective hurry up, but we're too busy trying to out-scheme everybody.