More on Gun Trips Play-Calling
Earlier today I published an analysis of Jason Garrett’s play-calling from Gun Trips Left/Right and noted he’s called a pass play all 50 times the Cowboys have lined up in the formation this season. Dating back to last season, that’s 113 passes out of 114 plays.
However, I decided to look at the specific types of plays being called from Gun Trips. Specifically, I wanted to see if Garrett was dialing up any playaction looks from the formation, as that would indicate that he isn’t content letting the defense know a pass is coming. Playaction passes would be a direct attempt to make the defense believe a run is on the way, meaning he doesn’t think his 50-for-50 pass attempts has done the trick.
The Cowboys have run only one playaction pass all season out of the formation, though. So, while the extreme predictability of play-calling from Gun Trips certainly is a negative, at least it appears as though Garrett is aware of the trend.
Perhaps his unwillingness to alter his calls despite knowledge of a potential weakness makes that a negative too.