Mike McCarthy is making some simple changes that have been needing to happen for the Dallas Cowboys for a long time, simple changes that could lead to huge things.
One of the things Dallas Cowboys’ fans have been screaming for the last decade is the offense, and in many ways, the defense, was too predictable. Far too often did we hear from opponents, and from ourselves, that we knew what play was coming.
Picture this: the Dallas Cowboys would line up in an obvious run formation and, lo and behold, run. Perhaps they would line up in a passing formation, and well, pass. Rarely, were plays disguised within the alignments.
Jason Garrett‘s mantra of just lining up and beating the man across from you is great, but if the opponent knows what is coming, you are starting behind the eight ball. It is almost like somehow knowing what pitch is coming in baseball. You still have to hit it, but knowing what to look for before the pitch, creates an advantage from the start. (cough Astros cough)
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After the truncated training camp, it has become apparent that Mike McCarthy is making a simple change to the play-calling. Signs are pointing to McCarthy running out of formations that look like a pass and vice versa. Pretty groundbreaking, I know, but sometimes it is the simple things that make the biggest impacts. This starts with not telegraphing your play before the ball is even snapped.
Execution certainly matters, and I do not say all of this without understanding that. However, if you know what to expect, and your opponent doesn’t, you increase your odds to beat the man across from you. What it looks like is on both sides of the ball, the Cowboys will not be so telegraphic in the way they line up and call plays.
This seems like a small change, and a welcomed one at that. We still don’t know exactly how it will look, as we all thought we would see Sunday, but were slightly duped. If they can roll more RPO in with the mixing up of formations, this offense could be very special. Now we wait to see it in two weeks, but simple changes could lead to big things.