On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers travel to Jerry World to take on the Dallas Cowboys. David Halprin of Blogging the Boys kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Cowboys and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: This offseason, the Cowboys promoted Kellen Moore from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. How has the coaching change affected the offense, and what do you expect from Moore during his first season as a play-caller?
If you would have asked me this question before Sunday night, I would have told you that Kellen Moore had unleashed the capabilities of this offense and has modernized it to compete in today’s NFL. Through three weeks, the offense was firing on all cylinders with a perfect mix of run and pass balance. They had scored over 30 points in every game and they were scoring touchdowns in the red zone instead of settling for field goals. He was mixing up his formations and plays so that the Cowboys weren’t so predictable and he was using play-action more which is when Dak Prescott is most effective.
Then came the dud in New Orleans. The Cowboys suddenly looked like their old selves when they decided to keep hammering the run game into the middle of the defense even though they were having minimal success. Calling running plays on first down was up, the use of play-action was down, and the creative game plan seemed nowhere in sight. Granted, the Cowboys offensive line played a horrible game, but Moore didn’t seem to have any real alternative plans once things started to crater. So we have seen he has the ability to take this offense to a higher level, but after a bad game we need to see if he can bounce back.
We’d like to thank David. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Packers versus Cowboys.