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Film Room: Chaz Green’s Struggles Sabotage Run Game

Often refereed to as the best unit in football, the is expected to clear running lanes and lead to 1,000 yards or more every season. To be honest, most fans are disappointed if Zeke falls shy of 100 yards per game.

So far this season the Dallas Cowboys have struggled on the ground relative to their performance since 2014. One of the biggest reasons for this decline is the departure of .

Initially it was expected the Cowboys wouldn't have much trouble replacing Leary, considering the talent which and were thought to have. After week one, these expectations were thought to be fulfilled.

Green played very well against an impressive front, and showed signs of athleticism in space and the ability to get movement off the line of scrimmage.

Since that game, however, Green's play has hit a steep decline. After struggling mightily with the ' defensive tackles Green had a rather rough game on Monday night in Arizona.

On the very first play of the game the tone was set for Chaz Green's day. Green steps out to the backside three technique, attempting to seal the cutback lane for Ezekiel Elliott. As soon as he makes contact with the defender, Green stands straight up and stops his feet. He doesn't bring his hips through contact either, and just shuffles his feet under himself.

Because of this poor technique, the is able to shed the block and get into the backfield with ease. As he did on multiple occasions Monday night, Green ends up on the ground staring back at the man he was supposed to block.

Chaz Green cannot end up on the ground as much as he did last week. In a zone blocking scheme, where the offensive line must work in unison and in the same direction, one man falling can kill the entire play.

An area I was impressed with Green after the season opener was with his reach blocking. On outside, or wide, zone Green is often asked to reach and overtake the one technique to seal the first backside defender.

On Monday night, however, Green failed to make these blocks far too often. When firing off the ball to reach the one-tech, Green must make his aiming point the playside armpit of that defender. This will allow for Green to get his head across, and at the very least, he will be able to stay in front, rip his backside arm through, and not allow the defender the cross his face.

Instead, Chaz can't get this done, and the defensive is able to once again shed him and beat him on the play. And, due to what appears to be a serious contact balance issue, Green ends up on the ground.

Chaz Green looked incredibly athletic and smooth in his pulls against the New York Giants a couple of weeks ago. Monday night, however, he looked lost.

Asked to pull and kick the end man on the line of scrimmage, Green is responsible for opening this hole for Ezekiel Elliott. Instead, he puts his head down and gets his shoulders way out in front of his feet, making it easy for the defender to win this rep.

Of course, also gets beat here, but if Green had made his block I'd be willing to bet that Zeke could beat the nose to his landmark.

I don't want it to seem like I'm just killing Chaz Green here, but the tape doesn't lie. He simply wasn't good enough Monday night, and combined with poor efforts from the tight ends, made Zeke's night much harder than it had to be.

Green has shown before that he can play better than he has the last two weeks, but if he doesn't reach that form soon, it may be time to ask if he can really get it done this season.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Good job Kevin.

2nd vid, got good initial contact and other defenders stopped the run play. 3rd vid, I can pull that well… ;^)

I don’t know here if this is just development curve, or if Green is always going to be eratic. That former #1 Cooper could not win the job, isn’t very positive either. Green has had injury problems in the past and that might force the job on Cooper for a while. Whenever you have new players on the OL it takes numerous games to get cohesion back, and Collins is also probably not as good now at RT as he will be.

Since I’m advocating this week to start Butler and shop Terrance Williams, now I’m looking to trade him for a quality LG… ;^)

Brian Thompson

Go look at Zeke’s TD run. Green goes the complete opposite direction. This is just inexcusable. Can’t happen with a solid NFL line.


The coaching staff needs to put Green and Cooper on notice, that their inconsistent play will no longer be tolerated. Both are killing the running and passing game, in clutch situations, causing Dak, to run for HIS life, or force to throw inaccurate , which put the playcaller, behind the 8 ball, on down and distance.

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