Dak Prescott’s Legs May Save the Cowboys Offense

On the Monday Morning NFL Podcast, Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling analyzed the streaky Cowboys offense and why it labored so effectively in opposition to Jacksonville on Sunday…

GARY: I don’t know what persons are anticipating this Cowboys offense to develop into. I do know there’s been all this criticism and it doesn’t assist when Jerry Jones says, “Yeah, our offense is quite a bit just like the Rams’ offense.” They don’t have the passing sport weapons to develop into the Rams offense, however they’re streaky and have spurts. That they had a very nice first half in opposition to the Jaguars right here. Dak Prescott together with his legs slightly bit, Cole Beasley obtained A.J. Bouye a few occasions when Bouye got here down to protect him within the slot, after which slightly little bit of Ezekiel Elliott. They pulled away on this sport within the first half. I believed it was a pleasant efficiency from the embattled Cowboys offense.

ANDY: And now the embattled Jaguars protection turns into the theme. I by no means in one million years would’ve guessed we’d see Jacksonville surrender 40 factors, not to mention to the crew with the least-talented passing sport within the NFL. Dak Prescott ran the ball extra on this sport. He had a profession excessive 82 yards speeding. I do know you need to be considered with the way you run your QB. I’ve even had conversations with Cowboys staffers about this, “Yeah, we run him after we get close to the purple zone as a result of the payoff is larger, however we don’t at all times really feel it’s price it to threat him in the course of the sector.” I feel Dak Prescott’s legs have an opportunity to save lots of this Cowboy’s passing sport. The passing sport turns right into a operating sport by default. I feel we have to see extra of Prescott transferring round, whether or not it’s truly operating the ball or definitely him getting outdoors the pocket, the place he’s at all times been excellent.

GARY: He was glorious on each designed runs and scrambles. The energy of high offenses across the league is the passing sport. It’s the receiving weapons and the quarterback. That’s not the Cowboys’ energy, and the Jaguars are constructed to take care of that energy. Not that they’re unhealthy in opposition to the run, however they did wrestle to cease the run each Prescott and the extra conventional operating sport. It’s the Jaguars energy in opposition to the Cowboys’ greatest weak spot. Does your energy actually matter that a lot at that time if even a middling group of cornerbacks and cross rushers can shut down this passing sport?

ANDY: Whereas we’re on the periphery of the subject, scrambling stats shouldn’t depend as speeding yardage. They need to go down as a part of a crew’s passing yardage. For one, they normally come in opposition to man-to-man protection in order that they’re already coming in opposition to particular cross coverages. They’re popping out of passing formations on passing performs. All the things in regards to the play has a cross component apart from the little matter that someone didn’t truly throw the ball. If I’m a coach, I’m scrambling yards allowed as a part of my cross protection, not my run protection. And the opposite factor they ought to scrub up whereas they’re at it, passes behind the road of scrimmage and between the tackles shouldn’t be counted as passing yards. These are an extension of your operating sport. In an ideal world, they might preserve the stats higher. Dak Prescott helped the passing sport by scrambling round that.

GARY: Scrambles ought to in all probability simply stand alone then, not speeding yards and never passing yards. They’re scramble yards.

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Additionally on this week’s version of The Monday Morning Podcast:

1:30—How the offenses overwhelmed the defenses within the Patriots-Chiefs traditional

7:27—Steelers do it to Cincy once more, and why the Bengals have been proper to be aggressive on their closing defensive play

12:51—Cowboys steamroll the Jaguars D thanks largely to Dak Prescott’s legs

19:21—Raiders hammered by Seattle because it turns into a misplaced yr for Jon Gruden

26:46—Ravens protection destroys Titans, extra Mariota questions

33:36—Osweiler-led Dolphins come again to beat Bears in wild, mistake-filled OT sport

38:39—Chargers sharp in Cleveland, Baker Mayfield has his first unhealthy day

43:14—Payments let positively Payments-y victory slip away in Houston, as Nathan Peterman goes from hero to goat once more

46:23— LIGHNING(ish) ROUND!
• Broncos get run once more, this time by the Rams
• Washington will get out early and hangs on in opposition to mistake-prone Panthers
• Atlanta hangs on in opposition to Tampa as sport ends with wild last-gasp play
• Vikings dominate Cardinals as protection appears to be getting again on observe
• Andrew Luck spectacular in one other shedding effort, Sam Darnold coming alongside

56:31— Andy and Gary every choose their “Factor of the Week” awards

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