While everyone is excited to see what the “new look” Dallas Cowboys’ offense will look like, we have to go easy on the performance early in training camp.
When Kellen Moore returned to the Dallas Cowboys as their new offensive coordinator, everyone immediately wanted to see what Kellen could do with what many felt was a flat and stale offense. Mini-camp came and everyone was watching the offense and if they could see what was new. Now with training camp at the end of the week, everyone will be paying attention to the offense.
Watch what happens over the next few weeks. Every move the offense makes will be under a microscope. The first interception, the first struggle to move the ball, or maybe score in the red zone everything will be Armageddon. While no one knows exactly what the offense will look like, one thing we know is you can’t judge an offense on any team early in preseason.
More often than not, defenses start really strong in training camp. Part of the reason is that the offense needs work on timing, something defenses don’t need to worry about. Quarterbacks need some time to remember the speed of their receivers and running backs. This timing makes a huge difference in how an offense operates.
Another issue they run into is the blocking schemes and communication will need to be worked on. Travis Frederick coming back after a year away will need to work his way back a little. New playcalls, new ideas, and new personnel matchups will take a little time to gel for the offensive line. Luckily, the terminology shouldn’t change all that much, but it won’t be the same as it has been over the past few years.
What the Dallas Cowboys hope is that Moore can not only call a game differently, but play to the strengths of the players and scheme a little differently to get players open. As players are learning some new responsibilities and some changes, they could certainly find themselves out of position, running a wrong route, something to make the play fail. It happens, and it happens a lot for most teams early in training camp.
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It usually takes about a week to two weeks for an offense to start clicking on almost all cylinders. Even the most set offenses take a while to get up to speed of the defense. In fact, if the offense makes a defense look bad early on, I would worry about the defense more than the offense. This defense looks to be really good this year, so there should not be a single line of thinking the offense will make this defense look bad early this year.
Go easy on the offense early this year. It should not be a surprise for anyone if the offense isn’t exactly what many want to see in the first week or so. It will be a work in progress, and it should be taken with a grain of salt when evaluating it early on. It should be a better offense than last year, it just may take a little bit.
- Published on 07/23/2019 at 12:00 PM
- Last updated at 07/23/2019 at 11:38 AM