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BR: 4 Jaw-Dropping Stats for Tony Romo and Dez Bryant in 2013

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by jobberone, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    [IMG]Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant are the heart and soul of the Dallas Cowboys offense, but the team isn't utilizing its talented wide receiver in the proper way. Bryant is undeniably one of the great receivers in the NFL, yet he ranks just seventh in the league in targets.

    Yes, Bryant sees lots of double-teams, but do you know who else does? Every great wide receiver in the NFL. Plus, there are creative ways to get the ball to Bryant no matter the coverage, such as throwing to his back shoulder and putting him in the slot, that the Cowboys aren't utilizing.

    To give you an idea of the potential yards and scores the Cowboys are leaving on the board with their mismanagement of Bryant's skill set and their inefficient play-calling in general, check out these four eye-opening stats.

    Quarterback Tony Romo has eight touchdowns and one interception when targeting wide receiver Dez Bryant.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1851095-4-jaw-dropping-stats-for-tony-romo-dez-bryant-in-2013
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  2. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    This ought to stir the pot.
  3. dstovall5

    dstovall5 Well-Known Member

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    Good article, can't say I disagree with it and it emphasizes just how much we're missing on offense due to not getting our play maker the ball. Hopefully during the BYE they get all the kinks worked out and come out feeding it to 88.
  4. Nation

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    More than just saying "Throw him the ball Tony", I think it takes creative play calling and elite physical gifts in order to find ways to beat double-teams and bracket coverage. And I think Dez has 1 of those 2 things working for him.
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  5. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    Hence the double teams on the guy. They are going to have to move Dez around. Not sure why they haven't done that more. It may be a problem for Dez to do it correctly. Or they have chased to allow him to take coverage away attempting to find holes in the coverage or single coverage on others. It's not just a simple matter of moving him before the snap. It would be an interesting question to ask Garrett. Or Broaddus.
  6. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    Again, the old senile cowboy fans who have an issue with Dez have been exposed again. I don't wanna hear that (get open) garbage again. Just want a young receiver to stay in his place and not question coach/qb. Get real
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  7. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    Simple but good post.
  8. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    We've had Dez since 2010. A bye week won't change anything. Lol some games hell beast and some games hell look like he did vs saints
  9. Aven8

    Aven8 Well-Known Member

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    The one time they did, when he shifted and switched Dez and Beasley, they made a big play.

    Mind boggling.
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  10. dstovall5

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    The way we utilized him in 2012 and now in 2013 are completely different. We actually let Tony be the gun slinger he is in 2012 and him and Dez were the best Duo in the 2nd half of the NFL. This year we've neutered Romo to where he won't throw to Dez in double coverage much. Instead he's taking the much safer underneath routes that are 1 on 1. Which isn't a bad strategy if you have a very liable number 2 WR, we don't though, at least not right now.
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  11. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Yeah, I thought it was time for Tony to start slinging it, but I checked the box score from the away Giants game last year: we lost, and he threw 4 picks. Maybe he should wait a week. :oops:
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  12. Szczepanik

    Szczepanik Active Member

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    And that one INT was when he ran the wrong route against CHI last year. I remember that one, boy have they come a long way .
  13. dupree89

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    lol. :D
    its funny when you hint at stuff like this.
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  14. The Natural

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    It made me sick watching the likes of Julio Jones tearing it up in the playoffs last year, and we will likely see the same from Aj Green and Demaryius Thomas this year. Meanwhile we've had our stud WR four years and I'm wondering if we'll ever get to see him light it up on those big playoff stages. Reading this crap: Bryant has one of the lowest rates of deep targets in the NFL, is just icing on the cake. How can anyone defend this? Its a damn disgrace
  15. dstovall5

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    His int came from the PHI game if I'm not mistaken, it was a Hail Mary that went right through his hands. Would've been a 50 + yard TD.
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  16. TwoDeep3

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    So, if these stats are correct, then the question begs to be asked.

    Why doesn't the play caller institute plays that hide Dez behind two other receivers in a bunched formation, or put Dez in motion, or incorportate the legal pick move to free up Dez from the doubles and maximize his TD's?

    I would also like to address this point:

    If Romo stays in the pocket longer, it will allow his receivers to get open downfield.

    How does his staying in the pocket longer affect ther sacks he takes and increases the risk?
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  17. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member

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    Fix the offensiove line and that stat goes up.
  18. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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  19. Roadtrip635

    Roadtrip635 Well-Known Member

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    Flat out incompetence by the entire offensive coaching staff.
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  20. percyhoward

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    Three of Bales' four jaw-dropping stats seem to be related to protection issues, or the perception of same.

    Bryant's low number of deep targets are just a reflection of Romo's low number of deep throws overall (as Bales mentions).

    The one INT on a target to Bryant was the hail mary at the end of the half in Philly...that went through Dez's hands. The high pass rating on Bryant's targets has been thoroughly documented here.

    The absurdly low number of play-action passes has been talked about for as long as it's been going on. Bales was the first (that I know of) to point it out, in fact. Last year, the speculation was that the line was so bad, Romo didn't want to turn his back even for a second. Don't know if this still holds true, or if it ever did. Maybe Romo simply doesn't like play action. Whatever the reason, we don't do it nearly enough.

    Our lack of success with short, quick passes has also been talked about a lot. Romo's always been great at the intermediate-to-deep throws, whether he's been given time, or had to buy time. Now suddenly, he prefers to check it down or throw it away, but that's not how he became Romo, and definitely not how Dez set the league on fire in the second half last year.

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