Breaking Down Changes in the Cowboys’ Running Game Under OC Bill Callahan

September 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It seems like just about everyone wants the Dallas Cowboys to run the ball more often in 2013. Rushing is correlated with winning, so why not come out with a balanced attack? Well, rushing the ball is correlated with winning because winning teams run the ball, i.e. rushing is the effect, not the cause. 
Some teams can win games when rushing often—namely teams that run the read-option—but the Cowboys aren't one of them. They win more frequently when they pass the ball early and often. Actually, it's that way for the average NFL team too. Check this out:
Year in and year out, we see the same thing: the best passing teams are the best teams period.
Having said that, it’s still important for the Cowboys to run the ball effectively. And while offensive coordinator Bill Callahan might or might not bring a more balanced early-game approach to Dallas, it's clear from watching the preseason games that the Cowboys’ approach to running the football has ...

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