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Breaking Down the ‘Boys: Chargers Film Study

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Over at Dallas Morning News, I just broke down two plays from the first-team offense in the Cowboys’ 28-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers. One was a draw to DeMarco Murray, and the other was the 4th and 1 slant to Dez Bryant.

On the first drive of the game, the Cowboys faced a 2nd and 5 at their own 32-yard line. Jason Garrett called for “11” personnel—one running back and one tight end. The offense lined up in Tight End Trips Left.

Prior to the snap, Tony Romo issued a “Kill” call. The Cowboys often call two plays in the huddle; if Romo doesn’t like what he sees from the defense, he can “kill” the first play, alerting the offense to run the second one.

Many times, the second play called in the huddle is a draw. Actually, right around one-third of all of the Cowboys’ audibles since 2009 have been to a draw play. If the opposing linebackers and safeties line up deeper than normal, Romo generally checks to the draw.

Read the rest of the draw play analysis and my thoughts on the slant to Bryant over at DMN. Plenty more Cowboys coverage to come today, so check back.

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