Cowboys’ Rushing Game: YPC and Success Rate
At DMN, I took a look at the Cowboys’ rushing offense from a new angle.
I track the location of each running play, as well as the linemen who are at the point-of-attack. On most running plays, two linemen are at the point. On some outside runs, like stretches and tosses, it is sometimes just the offensive tackle (although usually another lineman pulls). Below, I’ve graphed the yards gained with each lineman at the point-of-attack thus far in 2012.
In studying the rushing numbers this season, it’s apparent that, with the exception of center Phil Costa and his 67 run-blocking snaps, the Cowboys are struggling across the line. No lineman who has played the majority of snaps at his position has seen an average higher than 4.13 YPC. Ryan Cook has been a miraculously large downgrade from Costa, blocking for just 2.98 YPC when he’s been at the point.