Dallas Cowboys’ Playbook: Double Tight Right/Left Strong/I Right/Left

February 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

While I have not yet concluded my film study for the 2009 season, I wanted to take the time to talk about a formation (and recurring play out of this formation) I noticed the Cowboys running more and more as the season progressed: Double Tight Right (or Left) Strong (or I-formation) Right (or Left). 
The differences between the side, or whether it is Strong or I-formation, are negligible (strong just means the fullback is shaded slightly more strong side, toward the double tight ends).
Through 13 weeks, the Cowboys ran this formation 90 times. The breakdown is shown below.
Incredibly, they ran the same play (a strong side dive) 66 of those times (73.3 percent).  Of the 24 remaining plays, 14 were runs to the weakside (often tosses outside). 
I understand it is important to set teams up for plays later in the game, or even later in the season, but running the exact same play 73.3 percent of the time o...

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