CN:Where There's Smoke, There Are Dummies?

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Posted by Rafael at Thursday, April 05, 2012

    A target, or a 350 lb. mirage?
    When Chuck Noll coached the Steelers, his team's offensive signals were known by defenses across the league. The team rarely changed them. Steelers QBs continued running the offense effectively because they employed lots of "dummy" calls, which faked the play but called for the opposite. For instance, Mark Malone might make a dummy call for a trap, get the opposing linebackers to call it out, and crowd then line, then drop a play action pass over them.

    The defenders could never clue in on whether the call was a live one or a dummy, and eventually gave up guessing, because the penalty for missing was so strong.

    Are the Cowboys employing dummy calls in their recent draft teasers? They're making a point of telling the world how much they like Memphis defensive lineman Dontari Poe, but simultaneously telling the press how much they don't want the world to know that they love him. Jerry Jones praised him recently. Earlier this week, CNNSI contributor Tony Pauline posted on his site that Poe was ''the apple of [the Cowboys'] eyes."

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