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How Will Mike McCarthy’s System Look With the Dallas Cowboys?

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That's the most common word associated with 's first year as Cowboys . Dallas finished with the league's number-one in total yards (431/game) and sixth in points (27.1/game).

When the offense was flowing, there would be more three sets, split backfield and plenty of pre-snap motions. Where the offense fell apart was when the couldn't get going, causing the play calling to become stale.

Rinse and repeat; run on first down, pass on second down and if it's third and four or longer, it's likely a pass or possibly a delay handoff. If it's third and three or less, it's likely a power handoff between and , with a possible play action pass. Stale and predictable.

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Enter . Now instead of continuing, conservative play calls to play to “not lose,” the new offense will have a West Coast feel with an emphasis on the .

This was how it went during McCarthy's time in Green Bay. Having a like throwing to receivers like Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, , and would obviously yield a lot of results.

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However, Mike's got more toys to play with in Dallas. He's never had a like who's great at running the ball, as well as catching and blocking in the passing game. He's also never had a receiving trio like , and rookie .

McCarthy's most common offensive set is a three wide receiver 11-personnel set. That would look like the receivers mentioned, a running back (either behind the offensive line or sometimes in the slot) and a either lined up with the offensive line or split out with the receivers.

It's a set that we saw more of with Kellen Moore in his first year as the offensive coordinator, more than a base 12 or 13-personnel like they did with and calling the offense.

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For perspective, a base 11-personnel is the image above. With the Cowboys, that would look like this:

WR1 – Amari Cooper

WR2 (slot) – CeeDee Lamb

WR3 – Michael Gallup

TE –

RB – Ezekiel Elliott/

What Moore's play calling allows Prescott to do is utilize his threat as a runner, and the running backs at his disposal to spread the ball around to his array of weapons. With McCarthy's offensive scheme, we could see another career year for their franchise quarterback.

In addition to 11 as their base set, not only does McCarthy love to spread the ball down the field but we could see plenty of four wide receiver sets, and even potentially some with five. This would be an almost complete turnaround from what teams have come to expect from Cowboys offenses.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 12: #4 of the reacts after a play in the third quarter against the in the Divisional Playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Lastly, it's important to note from McCarthy's Packers run that he inherited two years of veteran Brett Farve, while helping to develop Aaron Rodgers for two years. Not only does he not have to deal with an aging quarterback but he also doesn't need to mold a 22-year-old quarterback out of clay.

He's getting a young, quarterback in Dak Prescott who doesn't come with the ego that Farve reportedly had late in his time in Green Bay. There's also no sign that Dak has the unwillingness to be coached that Aaron Rodgers has displayed at times.

With Prescott, McCarthy got a mature leader who's thrived as a passer in one year with Kellen Moore as his offensive coordinator. With these receivers and tight ends, it could be even better than he had at any point in Green Bay. There's no reason to think otherwise that we couldn't see this offense elevate even beyond what it did last year.

With all the weapons, the quarterback and the connection between QB and OC, the implementation of Mike McCarthy's new offense is going to result in ridiculous, even maybe game-type numbers for the Dallas Cowboys.

Go ahead and get excited.

Shane Carter
Shane Carter
Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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