Some quality food for thought from Tom Ryle at bloggingtheboys.com. One of their better, more realistic writers in my opinion. It details some of the tendencies, issues, and failing of last year's offense under Linehan's direction (as if we needed more proof). Just about all who come here to read about the Dallas Cowboys are aware of the frustration that grew out of the predictable, conservative play-calling that hampered the team in 2018, and played a large part in the dismissal of Scott Linehan. What you may not be aware of is just where that conservatism caused the most problems. Jeff Cavanaugh of 105.3 The Fan did some research, and shared it with us. It’s worth the watch, but in case you are in tl;dr (or watch, in this case) mode or just miss the main points, allow me to summarize. Using the Warren Sharp 2019 NFL preview(gotta give credit to all who deserve it), Cavanaugh found that Dallas was really not all that predictable with their first down play calls in the first half. They had a nice mix, leading to better drives and more points. But once they got to the third quarter, especially with a lead, they went all Vince Lombardi, taking the ball out of the hands of Dak Prescott and handing it off at well above the league average rate to Ezekiel Elliotton first down. Other teams, not being either oblivious or stupid, adjusted their defense. And so the Cowboys, who had a nice plus differential in first halves, was usually outscored in the second - and it wasn’t close.