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Is Jason Garrett regressing as a play-caller?

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At DMN, I analyzed Jason Garrett’s second-down calls thus far in 2012. So far, they’re superior to his horrific 2009 second-down play-calls.

I began tracking Cowboys plays in 2009, and one of the reasons was that I noticed certain tendencies in Garrett’s play-calling. The biggest was that he let his previous play-call dictate his current one, particularly on second down. That is, if he passed the ball on first down, he often ran it on second down (regardless of the current down-and-distance), and vice versa.

When I originally published the results of my analysis, some people thought I was criticizing Garrett’s overall run-pass ratio. That’s not at all the case (I actually think he should call for passes even more often than he already does). Whether Garrett’s second down run rate is 10 percent or 90 percent, it should remain the same in similar situations, regardless of the previous call.

Read the entire post.

And at NBC, I handed out three quarter-season defensive awards for the Cowboys.

Defensive Line: NT Josh Brent

With Jay Ratliff sidelined for the Cowboys’ first four contests, Brent has quietly been really stout inside. Even a casual observer of the defense can notice that opposing offensive lines simply haven’t generated the same push we’re accustomed to seeing. A big part of that is Brent’s strength inside, where he has a 7.6 percent tackle rate. That’s remarkable for a nose tackle. In comparison, Ratliff’s 2011 tackle rate was 3.6 percent.

Check out all of the awards.

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