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Should Dez Bryant be the target on offense?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Fredd, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    Thought I would have a little fun with the title...is he a target (in general), no...SHOULD he be the target on offense? yes

    Garrett was asked if they could go to Dez 20-25 times in a game and he said:
    which begs the question, if you target Dez 20+ times in a game, is it taking away from the rest of your offense? he is certainly the most dynamic receiver on the team (and amongst the game's best). When he is "on" he is unstoppable. but, if he gets more than half of Tony's throws (assuming tony throws around 35-40 times per game), then do the rest of the team not get used enough?

    http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/2...if-the-opportunities-present-themselves.html/
  2. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    In a word. No. It is not taking away from the rest of the offense.

    If anything, everyone else will benefit. They will see more quality opportunities as opposed to quantity of question play calls.

    Defenses feel like they know how to defend us with Dez. We need to change that. Make him target #1 and everything opens up.
  3. dstovall5

    dstovall5 Well-Known Member

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    It depends on the situation.

    If teams are playing double/triple coverage on him then we'll look elsewhere for mismatches. If teams are consistently playing 1 on 1 with Dez, then that's where we would target him 20+ times a game, because that's a huge mismatch in Dez's favor. I think that's what Garret was talking about when he said -
    To answer your question, if we force Dez the ball when he's in triple coverage, then yes we're taking away from the rest of our offense. Because that would mean somewhere there is a mismatch lined up with greater chances of succeeding then throwing into triple coverage.
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  4. Oh_Canada

    Oh_Canada Well-Known Member

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    Well it would than because it would mean less looks for Romo's bff-nothing says attack like a five yard out on third down when you need seven!
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  5. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    With a guy as talented as Dez, they should be throwing it to him EVERY time he has single coverage. He can beat anybody in single coverage and make a play. He's just that good.
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  6. CT Dal Fan

    CT Dal Fan Well-Known Member

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    You feed your playmakers the ball. Period. In the 1990's everybody knew Aikman was going to Irvin in every big situation. And nobody could stop it.
  7. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    The more you hit Dez, the more the defense will say, "We gotta stop Bryant" and they will continue putting resources towards stopping him. The more resources they put towards Dez, the more open the rest of the offense becomes and the easier the rest of the players have it.

    Of course, the key is that you have to be successful in the targets you send Bryant's way. Keep hitting him and the defense will continue to shift his way.
  8. Staubacher

    Staubacher Well-Known Member

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    Not every time. Remember Alvin Harper vs the Niners?
  9. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Target Dez 320 times (20 per game) during the season?

    I would think that is impossible. Last year Calvin Johnson led the league with 205 targets (13 per game) last season and he went for 1964 yards.
  10. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Who cares who you attack with?

    Sure it's great to have multiple reliable options but if trying to get to that point means you have to watch futility, I'll pass.

    If Dez has man coverage with no help, there is no excuse for not going in his direction.
  11. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    I agree that Dez is and should always be the #1 target....but, do you think guys like Miles and Jason disappear because of a focus on Dez? conversely, when the giants were doubling Dez, and Miles got all of the looks, does that frustrate your star?

    I like a balance as much as the next guy, but the thing I like more than balance is wins
  12. AmberBeer

    AmberBeer Well-Known Member

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    Of course it takes away from the offense. It's just common sense. That's why you NEVER see any team, no matter who the WR is, do it.
  13. Ultra Warrior

    Ultra Warrior 6 Million Light-years beyond believability.

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    You target the open man. The End.
  14. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Remember that Irvin called switching sides with Harper only to have the defense dictate the throw to Harper.
  15. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    There are ways to beat double teams because safeties can bite on routes too. Get a smarter offensive coordinator, target your number 1 guy as much as you can without forcing in to triple coverage. It would be nice if our 2 and 3 receivers could actually separate from someone. And we need a little more speed at tight end. However, I'm tired of us drafting tight ends.
  16. Irvin88_4life

    Irvin88_4life Well-Known Member

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    It could be Danny Coale if he is open go his way. Tired of seeing Miles, or Murray open and we throw to a doubled Witten. Hit the open guy and make the defense part for double/triple, players should want to win more then stats or bring friends. I think that was the problem with T.O, Witten and Romo.
  17. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I understand your point, but it's going to be hard to get the ball to Danny Coale - he's on the Colt's practice squad.
  18. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    We have enough capable receivers that someone should always be available to get open when anyone is being double teamed. Dwayne Harris and Terrance Williams are both good enough to be threats in that event. Witten may not be all that he once was but he'll always have a knack for finding that open space in coverage.
  19. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    dez is our best player, the HC/OC/gameplan should find ways to get him free at the LOS and in space as much as possible. we havent had a playmaker like him in 20 years.
    GET HIM THE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  20. kevm3

    kevm3 Well-Known Member

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    Garrett's answer is one of the reasons why the offense looks as bad as it does. When you have a playmaker as immense as Dez, you find ways to get him the ball. That's football 101. You don't sort of throw him the ball, but make sure it's evenly spread around so everyone is happy and getting an even amount of touches. In that KC game we marched up the field and got an easy score with Dez... and then we stop going to him and 'spread the ball around.' Guess what happens. We don't score. You throw to your star player until the defense forces you to do something else.

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