Gallup And Cooper Allow Cowboys To Be a Passing Team

Things can change plenty in a year. Entering the , the Dallas Cowboys had an odd offensive philosophy regarding the . Having released team beloved veteran , the Cowboys had a handful of “okay” receivers and yet no legitimate starter. Players and coaches talked about not needing a true “WR1” to have offensive success in the season. It didn't take long for the Cowboys' controversial philosophy to be proven wrong. A year later, it's becoming even more clear how wrong it was.

Let's rewind. Before Amari Cooper wore and before Michael Gallup earned significant playing time, the Cowboys relied on , , and in the passing games. A good group? No, not at all. The best receiver on the team was and in today's NFL, your best wide receiver can't be the one running short routes all day long.

Before the Cowboys decided to ship a draft pick for Cooper, averaged 202 passing yards in the first seven games. In those seven games, he threw for more than 200 yards only three times. It took him four games to rack up four touchdowns. In other words, the Cowboys couldn't be a passing team.

After Cooper arrived, Prescott's average shot up to 274 yards per game. In the last six games of the season, he averaged 291. Now granted, the issue wasn't only the lack of talented starting wide receivers, but conservative play-calling from former .

The don't have an issue at wide receiver now, though. Amari Cooper picked up right where he left off. Early in the game he established himself as a threat. His day ended with six catches, 106 yards and a touchdown. Nice day for the Cowboys' WR1. Let's say we saw it coming after his dominant play from last season.

Michael Gallup Showing WR1 Talent in Amari Cooper's Absence

The real excitement came with Michael Gallup's performance. 158 yards in seven catches were more than enough to prove the hype surrounding the second-year receiver is real. Gallup had a very solid and and now that he had a chance to translate it to regular season play, he did.

A year ago, there was no WR1 in Dallas. Now, Dak Prescott has two go-to guys on his . It's worth mentioning there are more weapons, such as , who also got a TD on Sunday.

On top of it all, there's an offensive coordinator who seems very promising one game in. certainly impressed in his debut versus the . Pre-snap motion, misdirection, play action, and a heavy dose of passing kept the Giants' on its heels.

The Cowboys that beat the Giants 35-10 on Sunday proved that Dallas can stop being a heavily running team. Sure, you still need to hand the ball off to plenty of times, don't get me wrong. He is too good not to.

But on week one, Prescott slung the ball more than 30 times. He had over 400 yards and four touchdowns. And he was dropping dimes. This can be a passing team now. If the Cowboys want to take that route, they can. I'm not saying they should try to play like they're the but simply stick to the more aggressive approach they took on Sunday.

Simply put, this offense is exciting. We're one game into the season and change is certainly palpable. A huge reason why is the fact that Prescott, whose extension is imminent according to , has two great weapons at wide receiver. I can't wait to see what Cooper and Gallup accomplish in 2019.

What do you think?


Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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