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Cowboys Still Lack Deep Passing Game

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Over at NBC, I explained why (and how) the Cowboys should throw more deep passes moving forward. I’ve complained about the lack of downfield throws in the past, and it’s only getting worse.

Of Tony Romo’s 187 pass attempts in 2012, only 10.2 percent have traveled at least 20 yards in the air. On Sunday, the Cowboys absolutely dominated the Ravens on the ground, but their lack of deep passing attempts—just one all game—limited their big-play potential.

Until Dallas acquires some quick scores on offense, they’re going to struggle putting opponents away, even when they’re playing superior football.

One of the reasons Jason Garrett doesn’t call more downfield passes is that he doesn’t trust his offensive line. Without ample time to throw the ball, deep passes can often result in deep sacks, making them a high risk/high reward proposition. If you know anything about Garrett’s mentality as a play-caller, you know that’s the last thing he wants.

Read the entire article at NBC.

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