Barber’s Runs by Directon
In 4 wins
To the Right (54%) 46 car 212 yds 4.6 ypc
Mid & Left (46 %) 39 car 157 yds 4.0 ypc
In the four victories, Barber’s highest average per carry (4.6) was on runs to the right side, behind Davis and Colombo. Not coincidentally, more than half of his runs (54%) were to the right. Barber ran to the right 11 times against Green Bay in the first half alone, and 8 times against Cleveland. For the most part, in the games we won, Garrett kept going with what was working. The 4.0 average on the other runs wasn’t bad, but keep in mind that Kozier played left guard in half of those games.
In 2 losses
To the Right (28%) 7 car 29 yds 4.1 ypc
Mid & Left (72%) 18 car 42 yds 2.3 ypc
The left guard is the common link between runs to the left and runs up the middle. The 2.3 average on runs to the middle and left reflects the fact that Procter was the left guard in both of these games. Despite this obvious weakness, in the losses, Garrett called more than two thirds of our runs to the middle or left. In the one series when Holland played LG, all of our runs were to the right (away from his side), the only bad one being a trap play on which Holland was pulling, but was too slow to get out and lead Barber.
Garrett doesn’t want opposing defenses to note any tendencies in his play calling. In the Cowboys’ two losses, Barber rushed 25 times, but only 7 of the 25 were to the right—the area where we’d been having the most success, and where we’d run the majority of the time in the wins. 18 of Barber’s 25 rushes went to the middle or left, where a key injury had made us weaker. In the first half this season, there were only two games when Barber’s right side runs did NOT outnumber his left side runs: Washington and Arizona. There were only two times when the offense did NOT score more than 10 points in the first half: Washington and Arizona.
That sounds like a tendency.
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