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We have high hopes for what the new OC will do with Dak , but that is only one part of the equation."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys 2019 OTADon’t forget Zeke: Kellen Moore isn’t just about fixing the passing gameNew,78commentsWe have high hopes for what the new OC will do with Dak, but that is only one part of the equation.CDTShareTweetShareShareDon’t forget Zeke: Kellen Moore isn’t just about fixing the passing gameThere are two big weapons in the backfield.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThe Dallas Cowboys are taking quite a plunge with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. He only has one year of experience as a coach, period. It is putting a lot of pressure on him and his head coach, Jason Garrett, who is in a contract year. Most of the focus on what we may or may not expect from Moore has been on the passing game and Dak Prescott. Even the excellent Bob Sturm, in his look at what went wrong in the red zone in 2018 at The Athletic, spent a lot more time talking about Dak Prescott and the passing game than the running attack.But that ignores half of the job for Moore. He isn’t just being called on to get more out of his quarterback. He also has to make better use of arguably the best player on the team, Ezekiel Elliott. There has been some discussion of how Moore needs to get away from letting the defenses stack the box by being far less predictable with his personnel packages and formations, but it needs to be given some more consideration.Whether analytics says it is smart or not, the Cowboys are almost certainly still going to rely heavily on the run game. That may involve having a balance of play selection on first down, or using more options or audibles to better exploit what the defense is showing. They will certainly still feed Zeke when they have a lead, especially late in the game when controlling the clock works greatly to their advantage. That is an aspect of the game where Moore’s hoped-for innovation and creativity can pay dividends. Last season, Dallas, or more specifically Scott Linehan, kept lining up in obvious run formations and expecting to beat the opponent at the point of attack. That worked brilliantly in 2016, when the Cowboys had a truly elite offensive line. But in 2017 and especially 2018, that did not pay off well at all, as injury and illness led to changes in the starters and backups having to fill in up front. The failure to adjust and adapt to overcome those problems was a key part in the decision to replace Linehan and give Moore the keys to the offense. The hope is that Moore will use motion and formations to spread the defense out and depopulate the box. That gives the offensive linemen a better chance to open up the holes for Elliott. It might be tempting to go back to the old way of doing things with the expected return of Travis Frederick and the anticipated improvement of Connor Williams (or the possibility of Connor McGovern winning the starting LG job) Tyron Smith Jersey , but that would not be wise. Motion and formations are supposed to be tools Moore can use more effectively than his predecessor. They should not be left in the toolbox. Additionally, Elliott is simply superb when he can get the ball in space. Linehan used him as a receiver, but mostly on screens and as a safety valve. Moore could do so much more with plays that get Elliott open past the line of scrimmage and moving forward, where he can use his impressive combination of power and speed to get yards after the catch. That’s not to say the screen should be thrown out of the playbook, because we have seen what Elliott can do when things are set up properly. But more needs to be added to the mix with him. He is a dominant player when he is not outnumbered at the line of scrimmage. It just makes sense to have more plays where he is only trying to get past one defender, especially if it is a defensive back when he has a size advantage. And don’t forget that hurdling skill. He is a big back, listed at 225, and this year he looks to be in very good shape. A lot of corners and safeties are not going to be eager to go one-on-one with him when he has is headed downhill in their direction.The team has a new wrinkle to add this year in Tony Pollard, and that gives them some intriguing possibilities that can also help Elliott. Pollard is not just a change of pace back, like the team tried to use Tavon Austin last season. Pollard is also a legitimate between the tackles runner. One thing Moore has hopefully (and probably) considered is putting both Elliott and Pollard in the backfield to start the play, and then motioning either out to be a receiver. The play can then be either a pass or a run, based on how the defense reacts to the shift. And sometimes, one can lead block, perhaps on a quick count. It is one more way to inject that needed unpredictability. While we are playing OC, how about an option run, with one of the backs out front and the other trailing Prescott who can keep or pitch the ball as the play develops.This is just scratching the surface of what Moore can do with the running game. Sturm put this out to show just how unconventional playcalling can throw the defense for a loop in trying to stop the run.That is a thing of beauty - except for the befuddled defense.A lot has been made of how Moore is key to Prescott’s continued development. But he has an important bit of help in new QB coach Jon Kitna, who is in position to do so much to help Prescott with his footwork and reads. Elliott stands to benefit just as much from Moore’s direct contributions as Prescott. Perhaps even more. (It’s hard not to sound like I’m making a pun there.) There are understandable voices of caution concerning an inexperienced OC. But one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Kellen Moore has an element of brilliance in his concept for the game. And now he has a roster that has talent and experience, although the depth at wide receiver still has to prove itself. There is also the question of just what Jason Witten still brings to the table, and how he will be used. But there are no questions about Elliott’s abilities Jason Witten Color Rush Jersey , and the offensive line picture offers a lot of hope. Moore can do a lot to improve the effectiveness of the passing game, but he can also do so much to restore the dominance of the Dallas ground attack. It is no the Cowboys offensive line has struggled throughout the 2018 season. With a brand new left guard, a fill-in at center, and a new offensive line coach, there were plenty of worries entering the year how this would play. At times, they’ve played well. Take the Jacksonville game for example, you couldn’t have asked the Cowboys OL to handle that Jacksonville front any better than they did. Fast forward a week later, and they played their worst game of the season, in a game they desperately needed to win. Let’s take a look at the film and see what in the world is going on with the Dallas’ offensive line.Communication and consistency We’ve heard multiple times throughout the year that the Cowboys have struggled communicating protections and audibles on offense. That was on display yet again in Sunday’s matchup against the Redskins. There were multiple occasions where an offensive lineman either didn’t block anyone on a play or completely missed their assignment, thinking the play was going elsewhere. Play 1 - Washington rushes four, and the Cowboys struggling picking up the stuntThis exact play has happened far too often for the Cowboys offensive line this season. For whatever reasons, the Dallas’ tackles and guards have struggled passing these off, without giving up the pressures or the sacks. It didn’t help on this specific play that the only player Joe Looney touched was his own teammate Connor Williams. When watching the play, it looks as if Allen actually holds Williams on the play, but that rarely gets called in the NFL. Both Williams and Smith recognize the twist, but can’t pass it off cleanly which results in a sack.Regression at multiple positions has killed Cowboys OLWhen turning on the tape, it’s not just one or two players who have struggled for the Cowboys. You can look at all five of the lineman and point to mistakes they are making both in the passing game and running game. The sudden regression at multiple spots, and some of the things we’re hearing about people not enjoying Paul Alexander's new technique, leads me to believe that it may not be so much about the players themselves , but the way they are being taught to play.Play 1 - Collins gets walked back before routes can developDak Prescott was hoping to get the football to Michael Gallup hear who had Josh Norman beat at the top of his route, unfortunately for the Cowboys it did not matter, because Prescott was unable to get the ball off. La’el Collins gets beat here by a straight longarm bullrush from Ryan Kerrigan. Collins gets walked all the way back into Dak Prescott’s lap which forced him to pull the ball down, and try to escape Kerrigan. Play 2 - Tyron can’t get to his spot and loses against Smith’s speedIt’s not to often you see Tyron Smith get beat with a simple around-the-arch speed rush. Preston Smith does just that without really having to throw much of a move to fight off Smith’s punch. Tyron has struggled this year gaining depth in his initial kick step, which has resulted in him struggling with speed rushers more than he’s used to. If Tyron was able to gain more ground with his outside leg off the snap, he likely could have ridden Preston Smith up the arch and out of the play. Instead, he goes with a short choppy step, and gets beat to his spot. This was an easy win for Preston Smith.Play 2 - Even after a chip, Preston Smith almost gets homeYou know things are bad when you leave a tight end in to chip the pass rusher, and the rusher still hits the quarterback as he’s delivering the football. Tyron allows Smith to get to far into his chest here which allows Smith to get off his initial block, reset, and bend the edge for a clean shot at the quarterback. It seems as if Tyron also lost awareness of how close he was to the pocket/quarterback, and decided to let his guard down a little after the initial contact. Tyron has excellent length, and athleticism, but so far in 2018 he has yet to show that on a consistent basis.Running games struggles don’t always lead back to loaded boxesIt’s being reported that the Cowboys running game has struggled so much due to the amount of defenders in the box versus the amount of blockers the Cowboys have assigned. While that is a problem on some running plays, sometimes the OL just hasn’t been good enough.Play 1 - Nowhere to run to the right sideWhen you watch this play, you’ll notice La’el Collins getting crushed working to get to the second-level. While that is the main cause for concern on this play, you’ll also notice Tyron Smith failing to beat his man to his spot as well. Even if Collins does get to his man and does his job, #54 for the Redskins is right there behind him to make the tackle on Ezekiel Elliott.Play 2 - Tight End FailAs you may know Ibraheim Campbell Jersey , the Cowboys LOVE to ask their TE’s to block in the running game. Unfortunately, they don’t have a guy very good at that task. Surprisingly, it’s Rico Gathers that does a really nice job here turning his man and setting the edge for Ezekiel Elliott. Unfortunately, Connor Williams and Geoff Swaim can’t execute their blocks, and the plays gets blown up before it can even get started. Swaim gets knocked back off the snap, which forces Elliott to bounce the ball further outside than he wanted to, then when you add in Williams failing to reach his man, this play was absolutely doomed as soon as Swaim lost his battle. It’s unfortunate, because Rico Gathers and Zack Martin did a really nice job of winning their matchups on the play.With a bye week this week, the Cowboys will have an opportunity to regroup and figure things out while still being in the thick of the division race. For the personnel, it is unlikely you’ll see any significant changes, the only real change that could come is letting go of Paul Alexander, and promoting Marc Colombo, thought the opportunity for that has probably come and gone.

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