NFL 2020 The lone star team was left on shore after losing to the Giants
In the past 10 years, the Dallas Cowboys have missed the Playoffs seven times, after they were eliminated this season at lose in week 17 to the Giants. It’s the worst decade by far for Team America, which has a lot to rethink for 2021.
Dallas was the favorite to win the NFC East and just finished 6-10, so they will choose tenths in the draft. What went wrong? We review 5 main points.
A team that lose their starting QB in week 5 for the remainder of the season it will hardly be able to compete. Dak Prescott’s broken ankle put the Cowboys against the wall in 2020 And it puts them in a tough spot for 2021 as they have to decide whether to give him a contract extension, or to reuse the franchise tag, or to look elsewhere. Even with Dak, the team showed serious deficiencies in the three units that constantly allowed the QB to do magic.
Dak’s injury wasn’t the only one. Of the five players projected to start the offensive line, that on paper he was going to be one of the best units and the eighth face of the NFL (Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Joe Looney, Zack Martin and La’el Collins), only the least established, Williams, played all 16 games. Collins didn’t see a single play action. Smith played 2.
To this is added also losses in defense and in total, only three starting players started every game for the team.
McCarthy was on sabbatical in 2019, after being fired by Green Bay, in which he said he I got into a ranch with a group of coaches and they studied analytics and watched every game of that season. That speech was given to Jerry Jones to get the job … and he admitted at his introductory press conference that He lied because he really wanted the job.
The new, improved Mike McCarthy.
? John Ellis (@OnePantherPlace) October 20, 2020
His game plans proved he didn’t prepare for it. In the NFL, the loss differential is the statistic that most influences winning games (only 35 of the 255 victories were despite delivering more balls than the rival, 13.7%, according to Stathead data), but the following is the point differential at half time (Only 49 of 244 teams that were losing after two quarters came back, 20.3%. Only Colts, Chiefs and Steelers had a winning record in games that lost after 30 minutes)
The score at half time indicates the previous preparation, especially on offense. Your best plays, formations and designs, what worked in the week. And Dallas fails miserably. Only six teams had a cumulative differential worse than the Cowboys’ -67, who were losing at halftime in 8 games. Only two teams made the playoffs after losing half or more games at halftime: Tampa Bay (also 8, 3-5 in them) and incredibly … Washington 12 times, won 3.
- Packers: 136, 1-1
- Ravens: 130, 1-3
- Bills: 119, 1-2
- Saints: 77, 2-2
- Seahawks: 58, 1-2
- Chiefs: 56, 4-1
- Falcons: 54, 0-6
- Steelers: 47, 4-3
- Browns: 42, 1-5
- Dolphins: 41, 3-6
- Colts: 40, 3-2*
- Bucs: 28, 3-5
- Chargers: 24, 2-4
- Titans: 20, 2-4
- Bears: 8, 2-6
- Cardinals: 7, 3-7
- Panthers: -6, 0-9
- 49ers: -6, 0-9
- Rams: -7, 1-5
- Raiders: -17, 1-6
- Bengals: -29, 1-5-1
- Vikings: -36, 1-7
- Giants: -39, 1-9
- Patriots: -42, 2-7
- Eagles: -42, 1-10
- Cowboys: -67, 1-7
- Texans: -74, 0-10
- Lions: -79, 2-9
- Broncos: -96, 1-9
- Washington: -103, 3-9
- Jets: -115, 0-11
- Jaguars: -129, 1-13
The running back of the Cowboys celebrates ‘eating’ when he manages to move the chains or score, but this season, with the bad offensive line, he was fed more and served little or nothing.
In the first half, at first and second chances, the Cowboys gained just 3.7 yards per carry. Only Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh averaged less, but only the Bengals, and much influenced by Burrow’s injury, ran in higher proportion of plays.
Cowboys ran on 40% of their plays at 2 & 10 or more for advancing in the first halves, and only 19% were successful plays (winning more than 60% than necessary). Cleveland and Indianapolis were the only worst Success Rate performers in this situation.
Trends that only put the Cowboys on constant third and long, which is the worst thing that can happen to you as an offense. The ideal is to play Canadian soccer, move the chains in the first two downs, and the worst thing is to be in obvious passing situations (third and long), since the defense ignores the run, puts the specialists in coverage and in pressure. Result: Only Eagles and Bears converted lower percentage of plays at 3 & 7 or worse (21% and 25% vs 26%). This helps to explain the frequent disadvantages from the start that with Dak they managed to recover moderately, but not without it (0-5).
Ah, y Elliott I did not exceed 1,000 yards for the first time In five years in the NFL, he had his worst yards per carry (4.0) and yards per game (65.3), tying his low for touchdowns (6) and a 3-year low for receptions (52). Luckily they don’t have to pay you a 6-year, 90 million contract starting in 2021. Oh no, wait …! That is, they can cut it before 2023 and it will only cost them an additional 6.7 million to the 13.7 and 16.3 that it will cost the team the next two years. Takeaway: giving brokers big contracts is not a good idea.
Nolan hadn’t been a defensive coordinator since 2014, when he finished his three-year stint as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator. From 2012 to 2014, their defenses were 24 or worse in yards, and after being fifth in points allowed their first year, they had a double 27, and were 9, 26 and 31 in DVOA efficiency.
McCarthy brought him back, an apparent loyalty payment because he was the 49ers offensive coordinator when Nolan was the head coach, and that job catapulted him to Green Bay. Good friend, terrible results.
Dallas entered Week 17 as the 21st defense in DVOA efficiency, and they finished the campaign 20th against passing, 24th against running, 28 in points allowed, 23 in yards. Something positive, they were seventh forcing deliveries. He put his frequent burdens from the previous three seasons behind him, as a linebackers coach for the Saints, and was more conservative and the results weren’t good.
McCarthy contrat a John Fassel as a special teams coordinator, who specialized in surprise plays with the Rams. He brought that philosophy to Dallas, but in they chose bad times to use them.
Before Atlanta he attempted a passing trick from punt formation when they trailed 14-0 in the second quarter, and beginning the fourth quarter they attempted a ground trick on 4 & 5 that the Falcons were hoping for. Somehow they won the match. And the jewel in the crown: the reversible pass deception on Thanksgiving to Washington, when they lost just 20-16 in the fourth quarter and that opened the doors to 21 points of no response from the WFT. They won that game and the history in the division could change.
Cowboys ST coach John Fassel said the first option on this fake punt was for Cedrick Wilson to throw to punter Hunter Niswander. But the Washington DB played it perfectly. They expected him to run with C.J. Goodwin. Goodwin wasn’t even the second option pic.twitter.com/INkDaFds4t
? Jon Machota (onjonmachota) November 27, 2020