The Dallas Cowboys had issues with their play calling last year and owner Jerry Jones decided to strip head coach Jason Garrett of the responsibility and hand it over to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Just two games into the Callahan play-calling era and there are already complaints about his play calling.
Analyst Terry Bradshaw called it the “same old junk” from his time in Oakland. DeMarco Murray questioned the amount of run plays that were called and Garrett vowed to look at it. Jones is now saying they’ll get the running game worked out.
From Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News:
“When I look at everything, I see improvement in the future in our running game,” Jones told the New School show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “The big thing, though, that I’d like to point out is Kansas City’s got a good defensive front. This [Dontari] Poe, we all got real familiar with him. He was the talk of the combine two years ago.
“He’s a handful. And he did give us fits inside. Hopefully, there won’t be many Poe’s around the corner.”
You’re going to see more play-action passes,” Jones said. “You haven’t seen it but you’re going to see more. You’re going to see more zone blocking. You’ll see us emphasize tight ends, more.
“We got a lot of answers there, and in my view, we’ll get it worked out.”
Cowboys fans certainly hope so. Against the Kansas City Chiefs they carried the ball 37 yards on 16 carries. DeMarco Murray has carried the ball 32 times for 111 yards in two games. How they expect to get any kind of balance with lopsided play calling is beyond me, of course if you aren’t getting any yards on your carries it isn’t really doing much for the balance anyways.
If you expect teams to bite on play-action when the play-calling is so lopsided, you’re probably in for a rough game.