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October 11, 2012

Callahan not judging running game or offensive line by stats

Offensive line coach Bill Callahan said he hasn’t seen enough to know whether the Cowboys are running better to one side of the line or another. DeMarco Murray is gaining more yards per carry to the left side (4.4) than the right (2.4).

“We haven’t run it enough to make a judgment, in my opinion,” he said.

But the Cowboys don’t necessarily put a lot of stock in what side is producing better statistics, Callahan said, because their zone blocking scheme allows for runs to cut back.

“That’s where your big runs are at,” he said. “So you may say, OK, you’re not running well to your right. Maybe it’s not so much right side, but when the ball gets cut back, maybe your left side is not as good. So all I’m doing is trying to point out that it’s not always just a particular side. When you’re zoning the ball, it can go anywhere.

“You watch Houston. You watch the great Bronco teams when they were in the zone. By and large, a lot of those runs were big cut-back type plays to the back side, so your back side really becomes your play side, and we really put more of an emphasis on the back side blocking than we do the play side blocking at times. Not to say we’re not as concerned about it. We certainly give its due respect. Everybody’s at the point of attack.”

Callahan said the running game is missing a chance to get into a rhythm. That was the problem in the Seattle and Chicago games, he said.

“I’m not using that as an excuse. I’m just saying, you know, you look at the Seattle game, you look against the game against Chicago, you really don’t get into quite the run rhythm that you’d like to get into, like you had against the Giants,” he said. “Of course we all want more attempts. I think Coach is one that he wants to balance the offense, he wants those averages up. But I just go back , I reflect, we just haven’t had the type of consistency we want running the football overall in terms of attempts. But I think we will get there.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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