Dallas Cowboys: Some New Wrinkles on Offense Would Make a Difference

Chad HensleyCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2009

CARROLLTON, TX - JUNE 16:  Wide receiver Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys during mini camp at Standridge Stadium on June 16, 2009 in Carrollton, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has done a slightly better job this year of mixing in new plays and new formations, but his game plan is still one of the most simple in the NFL.

Here are three changes that I believe would help the Cowboys when they get into an offensive rut.

1. Go to the "No Huddle" offense in the middle of a quarter, instead of just when there is two minutes left in the half and/or game.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is great in two minute drills. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he is reacting, instead of thinking.

This also puts pressure on the defense.  If the Cowboys can catch the opposing team in a poor defensive formation, it can exploit the mismatches and even cause the defense to call timeouts, which could be crucial late in the game.

2.  Run the Wildcat/Triple Option with Patrick Crayton at quarterback.

If you have a guy who was a former quarterback, who can pass well and make good reads, why wouldn't you use him over Tashard Choice?  It just doesn't make sense.

Crayton brings the extra element of the pass, that opposing defenses really don't need to defend as hard with Choice. 

Crayton is also a decent runner, and running an option with him as quarterback, Marion Barber III as the "dive back", and Felix Jones as the "pitch back", might be deadly in short yardage situations. 

3. ISO and traps with Marion Barber III as fullback

You have seen what Felix Jones can do with small holes, imagine what he can do with the holes Barber would create as a fullback.

The way Barber destroys blitzing defenders on passing downs, he would be devastating with a full head of steam.

Of course, Felix would need to stay healthy for this to occur.

I'm not saying make any of these a staple of the offense, but I believe it would be a great change of pace and could energize the offense.