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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela

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Another Look at the Tape: A Little Power and a Lot of Finesse Published 10/25/2011 in CowboysNation

This morning we looked at a foiled attempt at running power, one of Dallas' base runs.  Now, we're going to look at an effective power wrinkle Jason Garrett installed for DeMarco Murray on Sunday:Second play of the 2nd half.  Dallas is in 2nd-and-4 on its own 26.  It has run a successful toss right on first down.  Now, the... read more→


Another Look at the Tape: A Little Power and a Lot of Finesse Published 10/25/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line

This morning we looked at a foiled attempt at running power, one of Dallas' base runs.  Now, we're going to look at an effective power wrinkle Jason Garrett installed for DeMarco Murray on Sunday:Second play of the 2nd half.  Dallas is in 2nd-and-4 on its own 26.  It has run a successful toss right on first down.  Now, the... read more→


Powering Your Way Out of the Lineup Published 10/24/2011 in CowboysNation

Yesterday, I started a series on the Cowboys running plays with a demonstration of an outside zone run.  The Cowboys have several zone runs, the press strong-side outside zone, the slant, a weak-side outside zone, the belly inside zone, toss plays and the bend plays, which are mis-direction plays with zone blocking. I'll get through the rest... read more→


Powering Your Way Out of the Lineup Published 10/24/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line

Yesterday, I started a series on the Cowboys running plays with a demonstration of an outside zone run.  The Cowboys have several zone runs, the press strong-side outside zone, the slant, a weak-side outside zone, the belly inside zone, toss plays and the bend plays, which are mis-direction plays with zone blocking. I'll get through the rest... read more→


What They (Try to) Do: The Cowboys Running Game, Part One Published 10/24/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line

The giddiness over Demarco Murray's record setting rushing day has yet to crest.  While I chart how the Cowboys ran so effectively yesterday, the contest offers a good opportunity to discuss how the Cowboys try to run. The Cowboys, like most NFL teams are a zone blocking team.  They did not get the attention for their attack that say,... read more→


What They (Try to) Do: The Cowboys Running Game, Part One Published 10/24/2011 in CowboysNation

The giddiness over Demarco Murray's record setting rushing day has yet to crest.  While I chart how the Cowboys ran so effectively yesterday, the contest offers a good opportunity to discuss how the Cowboys try to run. The Cowboys, like most NFL teams are a zone blocking team.  They did not get the attention for their attack that say,... read more→


Chicken Soup for the Cowboys Soul: Cowboys 34, Rams 7 Published 10/23/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line

The Rams looked like a tonic for a Cowboys squad which had not celebrated a win in a month.  They soothed the hurt from New England and offered a booster shot of confidence to a running attack which had averaged less than 90 yards rushing per game through five contests.Dallas sprinted to an early 14-0 lead, mainly on the legs of rookie... read more→


Chicken Soup for the Cowboys Soul: Cowboys 34, Rams 7 Published 10/23/2011 in CowboysNation

The Rams looked like a tonic for a Cowboys squad which had not celebrated a win in a month.  They soothed the hurt from New England and offered a booster shot of confidence to a running attack which had averaged less than 90 yards rushing per game through five contests.Dallas sprinted to an early 14-0 lead, mainly on the legs of rookie... read more→


Snap Analysis -- Halftime: Dallas 17, St. Louis 7 Published 10/23/2011 in CowboysNation

DeMarco scored on a 91 yard1st quarter draw play.A better Cowboys performace, with some lingering rough edges. Dallas stopped Stephen Jackson on all series, but one.  On that one, Jackson was King Kong, ripping off a long run on a trap draw and scoring on the following play on an edge run at Anthony Spencer, who looped wide and gave Jackson a... read more→


Snap Analysis -- Halftime: Dallas 17, St. Louis 7 Published 10/23/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line

DeMarco scored on a 91 yard1st quarter draw play.A better Cowboys performace, with some lingering rough edges. Dallas stopped Stephen Jackson on all series, but one.  On that one, Jackson was King Kong, ripping off a long run on a trap draw and scoring on the following play on an edge run at Anthony Spencer, who looped wide and gave Jackson a... read more→


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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela