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    'Several' Cowboys players reportedly say their play-calling is too predictable

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    A year ago, the Dallas Cowboys had one of the best offenses in football. Armed with arguably the NFL's best offensive line, sensational rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott at quarterback and running back, and weapons all over the perimeter.

    This season has gone quite a bit differently. Despite returning largely the same personnel, then saw Ezekiel Elliott get suspended for six games), the Cowboys have fallen off. Prescott has undeniably regressed. Dez Bryant is having his worst season in years. Cole Beasley has basically disappeared from the offense. Dallas seems to have no element of explosion to its offense and has also struggled to put together sustained drives at times.

    Jared Dubin of CBS Sports reports the culprit, according to multiple players, is not the injuries, the backward step the offensive line has taken, or the lack of chemistry between Prescott and Bryant. It's predictable play-calling.

    Iíve talked to a number of Cowboys players in recent days, there is zero infighting or drama in this locker room. 1/2
    ó Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 28, 2017

    The issue for several players is a predictable playbook. Opposing teams know exactly where the ball is going. https://t.co/4OQdHuMKAs
    ó Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 28, 2017

    That stance aligns with exactly what Bryant said earlier this week. "That's something you got to discuss with them coaches, not Dak or me," Bryant said of the team's relative lack of offensive production, per ESPN.com. "You got to discuss that with them." Dez also told ESPN that he plans to sit down with Garrett, Linehan, and Jerry Jones this offseason to discuss his concerns about the team's scheme.

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    'Several' Cowboys players reportedly say their play-calling is too predictable

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    A year ago, the Dallas Cowboys had one of the best offenses in football. Armed with arguably the NFL's best offensive line, sensational rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott at quarterback and running back, and weapons all over the perimeter.

    This season has gone quite a bit differently. Despite returning largely the same personnel, then saw Ezekiel Elliott get suspended for six games), the Cowboys have fallen off. Prescott has undeniably regressed. Dez Bryant is having his worst season in years. Cole Beasley has basically disappeared from the offense. Dallas seems to have no element of explosion to its offense and has also struggled to put together sustained drives at times.

    Jared Dubin of CBS Sports reports the culprit, according to multiple players, is not the injuries, the backward step the offensive line has taken, or the lack of chemistry between Prescott and Bryant. It's predictable play-calling.

    Iíve talked to a number of Cowboys players in recent days, there is zero infighting or drama in this locker room. 1/2
    ó Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 28, 2017

    The issue for several players is a predictable playbook. Opposing teams know exactly where the ball is going. https://t.co/4OQdHuMKAs
    ó Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 28, 2017

    That stance aligns with exactly what Bryant said earlier this week. "That's something you got to discuss with them coaches, not Dak or me," Bryant said of the team's relative lack of offensive production, per ESPN.com. "You got to discuss that with them." Dez also told ESPN that he plans to sit down with Garrett, Linehan, and Jerry Jones this offseason to discuss his concerns about the team's scheme.


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    Nonsense. The players just aren't executing.

    How we doin guys?

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    The schemes and play-calling are definitely predictable. Even the fans at home can decipher what the Cowboys are going to do and which routes the players are going to run when they line up.

    However, that still doesn't absolve the players of blame for their lack of execution.

    Not catching passes that hit you in the hands and facemask is not a play-calling problem.

    Over-throwing wide open receivers and not reading the entire field are not a play-calling a problems.

    I hope Linehan and Garrett are shown the door but it shouldn't stop there. But my guess is that's exactly what will happen. Jerry will acquiesce to his players bitches and moans (as usual) but won't address other components of the problem.

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    Oh.

    Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1bigfan13 View Post

    However, that still doesn't absolve the players for the lack of execution.
    Thanks, Jason.

    In all seriousness though, the big issue is the ability of the scheme to lower the degree of difficulty.

    We have too many passing routes that are long to develop and require too much precision to get done right.

    It is a rare thing where we actually scheme a player wide open.

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    These were the exact same things being said about Jason Garrett offense at the end of 2008 when we were struggling to score and move the ball consistently.

    And this was at a time when we had an in-his-prime Tony Romo and an in-his-prime Jason Witten, an in-his-prime Marion Barber, a very effective Terrell Owens and one of the best offensive lines in football.

    I'll say it again.... What is the one constant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Ace View Post
    These were the exact same things being said about Jason Garrett offense at the end of 2008 when we were struggling to score and move the ball consistently.

    And this was at a time when we had an in-his-prime Tony Romo and an in-his-prime Jason Witten, an in-his-prime Marion Barber, a very effective Terrell Owens and one of the best offensive lines in football.

    I'll say it again.... What is the one constant?
    Shit. Ray Lewis and the Ravens D was laughing at us after they closed down Texas Stadium when Wade Phillips was the head coach and Red Pube was the OC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boozeman View Post
    Shit. Ray Lewis and the Ravens D was laughing at us after they closed down Texas Stadium when Wade Phillips was the head coach and Red Pube was the OC.
    And that's the exact game I was thinking about.

    And that is why it's hard to truly judge Linehan. I'm not saying the guy is some sort of offensive guru who's being handcuffed by Garrett, but it is fair to wonder what the Cowboys could do on offense if he are allowed to run his own system from top to bottom.

    Because he is still pretty much being asked to call plays and work within the system that was already in place, we don't really know the guy is really good or really bad.

    It is so clear that a lot of the very same concepts we were running 7 and 8 years ago are still in place today. The same things we were complaining about then are the same things we are complaining about now.

    Whether it's the philosophy behind this system or even the tendencies and things like that, there is so much in common with what we are doing right now to what we were doing in 2008, 2011, 2013, etc., that common sense suggests that we are still running the same offense at its core.

    You think anybody in the front office has noticed the coincidences?

    My guess is that they haven't but even if they did, acknowledging that would mean that you're acknowledging Jason Garrett's shortcomings as a coach and then that opens up a whole new can of worms that they don't want to open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Ace View Post
    These were the exact same things being said about Jason Garrett offense at the end of 2008 when we were struggling to score and move the ball consistently.

    And this was at a time when we had an in-his-prime Tony Romo and an in-his-prime Jason Witten, an in-his-prime Marion Barber, a very effective Terrell Owens and one of the best offensive lines in football.

    I'll say it again.... What is the one constant?

    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Ace View Post
    I'll say it again.... What is the one constant?
    Agree 100%.

    Obviously Jason Witten is to blame.

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