You were just hired as a general manager and you have to choose one quarterback, so which one is it going to be?
Player A: 71.0 quarterback rating, 1391 yards, 4 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.
Player B: 99.2 quarterback rating, 1900 yards, 12 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.
Player B has clearly outperformed player A, so you would want to choose player B right?
I am not sure why the Dallas Cowboys don’t think the same way. Player A is Tony Romo’s numbers the first half of games while Player B is Tony Romo’s numbers in the second half of games. The reason Romo heats up in the second half is because the Cowboys move towards the no huddle offense. Romo is a better quarterback in the no huddle, so I am no sure why the Cowboys don’t move towards the no huddle earlier in the game.
The problem with staying in the ball control offense is that the Cowboys cannot sustain long drives. They are bound to make a mistake if they go 9-10 plays into the drive- whether that is because of a turnover or a penalty. They are not a team that is disciplined enough.
If you look at last week’s game vs. Washington, they had two drives where they moved the ball into the red zone, but then had to settle for a field goal because of a false start. They had three drives where they began to move the ball, but had their possession cut short by a turnover. On one of them, Dez Bryant did a poor job of protecting the football. He held onto the ball with one hand while failing to truck over a defender.
The other two turnovers were interceptions that were thrown by Tony Romo. On this play, the Redskins use a concept that they often employed during the game. The slot cornerback doubles Jason Witten, while the safety takes the slot receiver. Romo recognizes this, so he anticipates that Cole Beasley will cut his post route short underneath, but they were not on the same page as Beasley continues to run up the field.
These were 5 drives that ended early because of a lack of discipline shown by the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are not built to play the ball control offense, because they are bound to mess up after a certain period of time. In the no huddle, however, the offense is not dependent upon sustaining long drives, so they can have more success while building off of explosive plays. Simply put, the Cowboys offense is just more successful when they are in the hurry up mode. They will have to hand the keys of the offense to Romo and run the no huddle if they want to make a playoff push this season.
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