Why aren’t Cowboys throwing more screens?
Through seven games, the Cowboys have thrown only six screen passes to running backs. I examined this odd trend at NBC.
The Cowboys have never been a big screen team under Garrett—the most they’ve ever run in a season is just under four per game. Still, to attempt just over a single screen pass per game—and not even one screen per game to a running back—is mind-boggling. Sure, the Cowboys have managed only 33 total yards on those six screens to backs, but that’s a pretty limited sample size.
Plus, the 5.5 YPA the Cowboys have totaled on screens this year actually isn’t all that bad. Remember, since screen passes rarely fall incomplete, they can be seen as an extension of the running game. For example, DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones have combined to catch 136 of their 163 (83.4 percent) targets on all types of passes, not just screens, since 2010. The downside of an incompletion isn’t nearly as great on a screen pass as with other pass attempts.
Read the entire post at NBC.