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DMN: Should the Cowboys go all-out on hurry-up offense?

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    By rabramowicz
    richard.abramowicz@gmail.com
    7:49 pm on November 9, 2012 | Permalink

    For two minutes and 28 seconds last Sunday, the Cowboys’ offense looked nothing like a rickety wagon mired in the mud. Instead it resembled a high-speed train zipping from one point to the next.

    Operating in shotgun, without huddling his teammates, quarterback Tony Romo completed six consecutive passes as the Cowboys covered 78 yards and scored its lone touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 loss to Atlanta. The drive was as quick as it was unexpectedly efficient.

    And while it didn’t sow the seeds for a victory, it did plant an idea in the head of tight end Jason Witten, who wondered aloud if the Cowboys should consider playing in hurry-up mode more frequently instead or resorting to that style only when they are trailing by a significant margin.

    “The coverages change a little bit when you’re in those situations, but Tony honestly is as good as there is in those situations,” Witten said. “Maybe it’s something we look at.”

    Only four days before, Romo was thinking along the same lines when he told reporters he liked how the Cowboys’ offense functioned when Dallas erased a 23-point deficit in its 29-24 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28.

    Read the rest: http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2012/11/should-the-cowboys-go-all-out-on-hurry-up-offense.html/
  2. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    I like the idea of the no-huddle offense.

    However, I disagree with the notion that it should be run out of the 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE and 3 WRs). The problem is this offense is too heavy with guys who do only one things (WR = run pass routes only).

    I think it is better to get another multi-threat player out there. I say replace a WR with a TE. That way you get 3 guys who can block (1 RB and 2 TEs) so you can run some max protect, you have 1 guy who can run the ball and you still have 5 potential receiving options. The problem when we run the 12 package is that we mostly use it to run the ball. Given that our TEs are only marginal run blockers but good receivers we are misusing this personnel grouping and the results bear this argument out. We need to use it as more of a passing offense where it can be hard to match up with. This would especially be true if Hanna were out there with his speed at the TE position.

    It is a shame they haven't managed to get both Witten and Hanna on the field this year.
  3. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I keep waiting for this, too. Keep the guys out there who get where they're supposed to be, and let Tony find them.
  4. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Maybe not all the time but I would run it a few drives each game or within a few drives each game.
  5. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Is it purely the no huddle.......or who is calling the plays during no huddle, or the combination of both?
  6. Gibby!

    Gibby! Pom Pom Waving Shill

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    Wasn't there a time when Indy did something similar? They had a name for it, "offensive muddle" or something? Maybe it was Sugar Huddle or something agh, can't remember. I know they did it around their Superbowl run against Chicago.
  7. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    There are several teams that use no huddle, especially in the second half of games to wear down defenses and to prevent substitutions. Usually teams that have weak defenses will not run it because it gives the other team the advantage in time of possession and play count, especially if the team is not scoring points on no huddle series. Teams that are efficient using no-huddle definitely gain an advantage over the other team's defense the longer they can maintain that efficiency and success.

    #reality
  8. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    I would run it early to try to kick start the offense. I think Romo is thinking too much out there right now, maybe the no huddle is just the thing to loosen him up. If not a no huddle at least way more pace.
  9. ksadler1

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    I say go for it. What could it really hurt at this point? Could we actually suck more?.....
  10. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member

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    If the hurry up established rhythm for the offense and the offensive play caller, then this should be done.

    But not the entire game. Not every series. But keep them guessing.
  11. Zman5

    Zman5 Well-Known Member

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    I think JG is thinking too much out there. More so than Romo.
  12. coblue

    coblue Member

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    YES.

    So EVERYONE thinks less.

    Don't think. Do your job.
  13. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    I would go hurry-up until they find a way to stop it. Then I would switch it up just for a small amount of time, then go back to it. Hurry up that is, not the no huddle.
  14. ConstantReboot

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    Romo is a momentum type of QB. It takes a while for him to get on a roll during each game. Maybe if we start out with a no huddle it gets Romo into that grove earlier. I've had it with the Garrett offense. I want something more up pace and unpredictable which throws defenses off balance like we were long ago. Garrett should throw his play book away and start over.
  15. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Id love to see them run the up tempo offense a lot more during games. Earlier and a lot more often. The whole team just seems to work better in that offense this year.
  16. Dodger

    Dodger Indomitable

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    Uuuugh.

    So Garrett has to research it, write a thesis on it, and perform a case study before he considers it?

    He doesn't have to run that offense the entire game, just when they feel they can gain an advantage over the defense. But more than once a game would be preferable. And speaking of defense, the Cowboys defense is just what you want to run a fast paced offense. They lead the league in 3 and outs, and they can hold their own for good chunks of the game.

    Buuut....I suppose he'd rather just continue doing what he's doing...because, hey...it's working after all....
  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Is there reason to think hurrying up is going to help us make route adjustments better? Or to hold onto the ball better on critical third down passes? It might, if the mistakes are coming because players are over thinking things. I suppose it's possible, but I think it's unlikely.
  18. Dodger

    Dodger Indomitable

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    No, it won't.

    Here's what I'm thinking: right now teams are playing coverage and taking away anything deep. They're forcing the Cowboys to methodically drive down the field, knowing that sooner or later they're going to make a mistake. And sure enough, they do, either a penalty, turnover, whatever.

    If the Cowboys can occationally catch the defense in a set where their offense has an advantage or mismatch, that's when they should go hurry up to keep the defense from adjusting and to hopefully score as soon as possible...BEFORE someone makes the mistake that ends the drive.
  19. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    If not going hurry up out of "11" means OTree isn't out there then I'm all for it.
  20. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    I've been saying to do this for two dang years.Romo is at his absolute best when he doesn't have to think and run through the play before hand. The guy we have to take out of the game is Garrett. Just let them play backyard football.

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