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December 13, 2013

Callahan says running game let defense down in Chicago by not burning more clock

Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan was very pleased with the way the Cowboys ran the ball, but he said the offense let the defense down at the end of the first half and in the third quarter by not running more clock.

“We just felt like we could really run it and chew some clock and keep our defense off the field,” Callahan said Thursday in his weekly meeting with reporters at Valley Ranch. “Not only that, but also drive the ball. When we didn’t do it in that one possession later in the second quarter, I thought that’s when we let our defense down. We went three-and-out. We didn’t run it enough in that particular sequence and I thought that hurt us a little bit.

“Then, in the third quarter, I can’t remember if it was the first or second drive, we could’ve run a little bit more to try to control the clock. … I think we were three and out … I think we were incomplete on three consecutive plays, and then we went back into the running game.”

The Cowboys have run for increasingly better yards since the bye. They had 107 yards against the New York Giants, 144 yards against Oakland and 198 against the Bears. Before that stretch, they had run for more than 100 yards only against St. Louis. And it is the first three-game stretch of 100-yard rushing games in three years.

“I like what we did on Monday night,” Callahan said. “I think we had a really good plan. It was kind of a spin-off from what we did the week prior to that against Oakland. We built upon that, so to speak. Hopefully we can do the same in this game coming up.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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