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Running the Numbers: Cowboys Doing Better Job With Play Clock

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I posted my final Cowboys-Chargers film observations earlier, but here are the ACTUAL final thoughts, as posted at DallasCowboys.com:

  • The play clock isn’t running down.

This season, I decided to track the time remaining on the play clock before the snap of the ball. I did this because, as you probably noticed, the Cowboys have let the play clock run down quite a bit over recent years. With just one second left on the clock, opposing defenders may have been able to get a jump on the snap.

Of the 31 plays run by the first-team offense this preseason, not a single one was snapped with fewer than four seconds on the play clock. I think there’s an obvious effort being made here to get the calls into Romo in a timely manner, get the players lined up, assess the defense, and still snap the ball with time to spare. This small change could pay big dividends for Dallas in 2012.

Read more , including data on the Cowboys’ motions, audibles, and other calls from Saturday night.

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