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Off-Season Priority #1: Find A Running Game

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by TheFinisher, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. cowboysooner

    cowboysooner Well-Known Member

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    If you have a running qb or Adrian Peterson it's a lot. If you don't it probably does not change much. Those two things actually dictate coverage. The qb knows he is getting zone because if they play man it looks the packers on Saturday or OU in the cotton bowl.

    It was not by chance that ad ran for 210 and 199 against the pack.

    If you can run you will help your offensive line greatly.

    There are qbs that are so good that it does not matter if they have pressure or know the coverage (aaron rodgers) but it really helps most of the rest of them

    You are right tho there are no teams that running the ball 10% more efeciently is going to help vs passing 10% more efficiently.
  2. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    Yes, we need to get back to basics.

    Run and stop the run.

    Why have we gotten away from this.

    Our motto over the past half decade has been:

    Pass and stop the pass. Look where it's gotten us.

    Fix the OL. Fix the DL. Grab two RB's late in the draft.

    Ground and pound. Romo will not have as many opportunities to mess things up. The game should be taken off of Romo's shoulders.
  3. wick

    wick Active Member

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    This is a fine strategy if you don't care about improving our chances of winning games. If the focus has been on passing and stopping the pass, then that's sound decision making because those are what impact winning and losing. The problem isn't our focus, it's our ability to deliver. Our passing defense was abysmal this season and the main reason why we didn't make the playoffs.
  4. Eddie

    Eddie Well-Known Member

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    The main reason why we didn't make the playoffs was because our OL was porous like a wet sponge.

    Our DL couldn't stop a high school running back.

    Our pass D was actually pretty good. Do you make things up to try and sound good? Cause it ain't working ... :confused:
  5. wick

    wick Active Member

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    Incorrect. The main reason we didn't make the playoffs was ranking 29th in the league in adjusted yards per pass defense.
  6. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    It doesn't matter which team it is, the correlation is almost always about the same (with some variance for sample size).

    You'll notice that the Vikings beat the Packers once in the regular season and lost once. They had 240 yards rushing in one of those games and 217 in the other. They averaged 8.6 yards per carry in one and 5.9 in the other. When the Vikings lost, the Packers were much more effective passing the ball (6.297 to 0.760 ANYPA). When the Vikings won on a last-second field goal, they were more effective passing the ball (7.828 to 7.400). In the playoffs, the Vikings were again much more effective rushing the ball than the Packers, even though Peterson rushed for "only" 99 yards -- they had 167 yards at 5.8 per carry, compared with the Packers' 76 at 2.5 yards per carry. But the Packers were much more effective passing the ball (6.944 to 3.424) and won easily.
  7. cowboysooner

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    No matter how Peterson runs, if Ponder (or Webb) plays like a bottom decile quarterback they are going to lose.

    In the one game they won he played like a slightly below average quarterback and that was enough. The point was Peterson changed the way the defense was going to line up. They got alot more single high safety even when they had 2 tight ends.

    I am largely agreeing with your premise, but with the caveat that mainly the quarterback run game is helping otherwise average by NFL standard passers create more big plays because of single coverage on guys like Crabtree and Vernon Davis. That is new. Most run games do not create enough explosive plays to win an NFL game today.

    You are correct on the efficacy of passing. The question is how does a team that started the average Alex Smith with below average NFL receiving corp actually have a passer rating over 100? You can't just say somebody should pass better so they have an 80% more impact on the win. It is how can they pass better with a $8mm open market quarterback, 1 dangerous tight end, a street castoff version of Randy Moss and 1 receiver who is not elite?
  8. dogberry

    dogberry Well-Known Member

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    My conclusion from this, the Cowboys should when they sign or draft offensive linemen, pick players who can pass block and pick up blitzes as their first priority.
  9. cowboysooner

    cowboysooner Well-Known Member

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    And a guy that can turn a short pass into a long gain like the Patriots, Packers and Sproles does play after play.
  10. HoustonFrog

    HoustonFrog Well-Known Member

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    Bryan Broaddus ‏@BryanBroaddus I am liking what I am seeing from this Jonathan Cooper. Mobile, athletic plays on feet. Not as mean as Warmack but alot of positive traits

    I've been saying for a week now..Warmack and Cooper will be there at 15-25. Two guards worth having. Just do it.

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