Does anyone ever remember our last "trick play?"

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  1. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    Hard to believe because he was such a traditionalist and curmudgeon, but we probably ran more trick plays under Parcells than anyone in recent memory.

    Parcells had us running both the flea-flicker and the TE block down, fall down, get back up for the roll out throw backside pass. That last one worked several times in the same season because the best trick plays are designed to look like regular plays. Yes, the defense is prepared for it, but they are reacting to the regular play that they are trying to stop....if they overplay the trick play, the regular play should be more successful.
  2. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    It was just a play action pass, it was 3rd and short so the skins bit on the run pretty hard if I recall.
  3. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    It's no trick play, but I sure hope our young OL learns to run the screen pass; I don't think there's a single play from the 70's, 80's, and 90's that I miss more. However, our best screen passes (back when we were one of the best teams at them) were almost never to our RB's or TE's. Our screen passes were thrown to our FB's---Walt Garrison, Robert Newhouse, Ron Springs, Moose.

    We had better offensive lines and we clearly practiced the screen passes, but when your TE runs a pass pattern with the WRs and your RB runs play action or goes in motion taking a LB with him, that FB screen is very successful, but you must have a FB who can catch and run. Then you sometimes run the fake screen to the FB and run the double screen with your RB.

    You have to be an older fan to remember just how great we were with the screen passes back in the 70's and 80's. It was the greatest feeling to get a first down on 3rd and long on a screen, watching your back set up those big linemen....and when you barely get the first down yardage, so demoralizing for the defense.

    Before Moose, we had some of the smallest FBs in the NFL, but those guys could run the draw, the screens, and really hurt defenses.
  4. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    I think quite a few went to one RB though IIRC, Dorsett as well as you mentioned Springs, as I always thought of him more as a RB not a FB. But that doesn't matter. Back then it's when it was ran to perfection.
  5. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    We ran quite a few reverses to Miles Austin in the past 3-4 years. The last few trick plays... We motioned Dez into the backfield(he was a decoy) and handed the ball off.
    We did a similar play with T.O and I think he actually got a pitch and didn't get much.
    A few years ago against Atlanta in Dallas( i think) Romo had a great TD to Roy Williams that completely fooled the defense.
    And I assume you could consider out attempt at the Wildcat as trickery, although we ran the most generic version of it ever.
  6. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, we'll do some end arounds and the occasional reverse. Or we'll move a WR into the backfield and get him the ball somehow. It's about as creative as it gets under Garrett.


    I'm begging for the sake of my sanity that we run a reverse with Dez getting the ball on the reverse and then throwing for a TD. He's got a cannon for an arm and throws it left handed which just deceives the defense even more.

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  7. TwoDeep3

    TwoDeep3 Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Is the last trick play when Jerry sent out the bill for play-off tickets charging the fans and the team didn't make the play-offs?
  8. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    How about the screen pass to fools the defense every time
  9. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    We ran a play where Witten fell down at the snap and then got up once the defense forgot about him and we threw him a pass. Designed play. That was against NYG I think.
  10. Fritsch_the_cat

    Fritsch_the_cat Well-Known Member

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    The last successful trick play by the Cowboys

  11. kentuckycowboy

    kentuckycowboy New Member

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    Fake field goal for touchdown
  12. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    I've been banging the drum for a trick play or two for years now.

    You can't rely on it, but to not attempt one in years seems like a missed opportunity to burn a defense.
  13. Spectre

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    I can't remember either- but the duo of Aikman/Ismail did come to mind when I was trying to recall the successes with the flea-flicker. Pretty sure that specific play was not a flea-flicker, but it likely did involve a sweet lil pump fake. Works everytime.
  14. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    What about the play where the TE falls to the ground, rolls 2 or 3 times, and then gets up and runs.

    Didn't Chan Gailey or Parcells run that play, I cant remember.
  15. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    My brother thinks we're faking every punt
  16. ConstantReboot

    ConstantReboot Well-Known Member

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    Tricks are for noob coaches that never coached in their entire life and you trick the owner into hiring you thinking that your a genius. Now thats a cool trick.
  17. rpntex

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    Believe it or not, that was a Bruce Coslet special (under Campo as HC). Coslet ran that play a few times when he was HC in Cincinnati.
  18. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    Relax bro
  19. kentuckycowboy

    kentuckycowboy New Member

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    I cant remember the kicker, but he was a teacher. We faked a short fg and the kicker ran it in for a td
  20. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    I'm a huge Garrett critic but he actually ran a play a few years ago that I added to my team's playbook. The problem is for my current team, we almost never use a fullback anymore. In fact, I don't think we have a fullback on the roster for this upcoming season.

    Any way, we ran this pitch play to Murray a few times. Then we ran it, Romo faked the pitch to Murray, and then quickly handed off to a countering fullback (Vickers I think), who along with the pulling right guard, sprinted to a lot of empty field on the left side. I'm not sure that qualifies as a "trick play" but it was definitely tricky.

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