What They (Try To) Do: Cowboys Draw Series

Your Cowboys running play of the day

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Dallas will run this from the I and from a split back set.  Here, they go full (split) with Tony Romo in the shotgun.  The spread look has the Redskins playing man under with two deep safeties and a base 3-4 look up front.  From this set, the back will shuffle laterally until he’s even with the centers left leg, then take the ball to the 20 gap over the right guard.  The play side linemen will fan or block the defenders outside of them.  Tyron Smith gets OLB Ryan Kerrigan and RG Kyle Kosier blocks the DE lined up over Smith.   Center Phil Costa takes on NT Barry Cofield head on, and the F-back John Phillips goes for the first LB on the play side from the center out.  In this case, that’s London Fletcher.

You can see the four outside Cowboys linemen, the Gs and OTs, get outside turns.  Phillips is heading for a collision with Fletcher and Murray may have a lane on the right side:

He doesn’t in this case, because the center is beaten quickly:

Murray has not running lane, and breaks the run left, where he’s dropped for a two-yard loss.

This play can be effective and has been effective when the passing game has excelled.  These stills demonstrate why the Cowboys running game has run cold then hot all year.  It only takes one missed block to sabotage a play.

Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela

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  • Scott

    I love this series Raf. Really helps me understand the concept behind the runs and see how they unfolds with the stills, and how the individual blocks are made or not made. 



    TISHARD whoooo ?


  • ym

    From that second still, Costa is the only lineman having trouble.

    • Bluefin

      A very big question in my mind is how patient will the team be with Phil Costa?

      He wasn’t expected to compete for a starting job this season, but took advantage of Andre Gurode showing up overweight following¬† a knee scope just before the Lockout ended.

      Center is the most important position on the offensive line after the tackles, so how much leeway will he be given?

      Costa didn’t have the advantage of a team directed off-season program and most players make huge strides in such programs following their rookie seasons.

      Will the team be pleased with Costa overall at season’s end and expect him to improve in the weight room with Mike Woicik and in the classroom watching a year’s worth of game film?

      How much better will they feel Costa can get?

      Enough to only consider internal challenges from Bill Nagy or maybe sliding Kyle Kosier into the pivot?

      Or could they make a play for a top rated center in the draft if Costa’s long term potential isn’t peachy?

      I believe the team needs to add a blue chip player and a red chip player on the interior to continue the OL overhaul that began this year.