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Is The Defense Better When Wade Calls The Shots?

In my research, I reviewed all 16 games played by the Cowboys last year “play by play!”  I limited my research to answer the following criteria, separately for when Brian Stewart called the plays (first 7 games) and when Wade Phillips called the plays (last 9 games):

1.       Win / Loss Record

2.       Points Scored by Opponents

3.       Home / Away Record

4.       Number of Turnovers  Created

5.       Number of Defensive Plays Resulting in Negative Yards

6.       Number of Sacks

7.       Number of Plays Allowed Over 20 Yards (Big Plays)

8.       Opposing QB Game Ratings Compared to Their Full-Season Ratings

After reviewing every defensive play the Cowboys played last year, I now have the statistical answers to the 8 questions listed above.

I believe that Brian Stewart called the plays for the defense in the first 7 games of the season, and Wade Phillips called the plays in the remaining 9 games.

My Observations:

 

When Wade Calls the Plays – The Pros

1.       The Cowboys won a greater percentage of games

2.       The opponents scored 3 points less per game

3.       The defense created nearly double the turnovers

4.       The defense created nearly double the number of plays with negative yards

5.       The defense got nearly double the number of sacks

6.       The opposing QBs played closer to their seasonal average ratings

 

When Wade Calls the Plays – The Cons

1.       The defense allowed a greater number of Big Plays

2.       The defense was penalized for huge losses much more of the time

 

Here is the breakdown:

1.       Win / Loss Record

Brian Stewart: 4 Wins / 3 Losses

                (Wins: CLE, PHI, GB, CIN – Losses: WAS, ARI, STL)

 

Wade Phillips: 5 Wins / 4 Losses

                (Wins: TB, WAS, SF, SEA, NYG – Losses: NYG, PIT, BAL, PHI)

 

Winning Percentage:

 

Brian Stewart: 75%

Wade Phillips: 80%

 

2.       Points Scored By Opponents

 

Brian Stewart – 175 total – an average of 25 points per game

Wade Phillips – 190 total – an average of 21 points per game

 

3.       Home / Away Record

Brian Stewart – Home (2-1 or 66%) - Away (2-2 or 50%)

Wade Phillips – Home (4-1 or 80%) – Away (1-3 or 33%)

 

4.       Number of Turnovers Created

 

Brian Stewart – 6 (an average of 0.8 per game)

Wade Phillips – 14 (an average of 1.5 per game)

 

5.       Number of Defensive Plays Resulting in Negative Yards

 

Brian Stewart – 31 (an average of 4.4 per game)

Wade Phillips – 65 (an average of 7.2 per game)

 

6.       Number of Sacks

 

Brian Stewart – 20 (an average of 2.8 per game)

Wade Phillips – 37 (an average of 4.1 per game)

 

7.       Number of Plays Allowed Over 20 Yards (Big Plays)

 

Brian Stewart – 17 (an average of 2.4 per game) – breakdown: 3 runs, 14 passes

Wade Phillips – 30 (an average of 3.3 per game) – breakdown: 6 runs, 24 passes

 

Also, not included in these 47 Big Plays:

Under Brian Stewart – the defense committed 1 penalty resulting in more than 20 yards

Under Wade Phillips – the defense committed 5 penalties resulting in more than 20 yards each

 

8.       Opposing QB Game Ratings Compared to Their Full-Season Ratings

Let me explain:

In Brian Stewart’s 7 games we faced the following QBs

Anderson (CLE)

McNabb (PHI) 

Rodgers (GB)

Campbell (WAS)

Palmer (CIN)

Warner (ARI)

Bulger (STL)

 

The average of these 7 QBs ratings in the DAL games was 94.9, but the average for these 7 QBs ratings for the season was 80.8

 

The point being – Stewart’s Defense allowed QBs to play better than their seasonal averages.

 

In Wade Phillip’s 9 games we faced the following QBs

Garcia (TB)

Manning (NYG 1st game)

Campbell (WAS)

Hill (SF)

Hasselback (SEA)

Roethesburger (PIT)

Manning (NYG 2nd game)

Flacco (BAL)

McNabb (PHI)

 

The average QB rating of these 8 QBs in the 9 DAL games was 83.9, but the average for these 8 QBs ratings for the season was 82.0

Under Phillips opposing QBs didn't excel as they did when facing Stewart.

 

Final Thought:

One of the most staggering disappointments is the number of passes 30  yards or more on our defense, either with Stewart or Phillips calling the shots.

 

McNabb to Jackson – 61 yards

Rodgers to Driver – 50 yards

Campbell to Moss – 53 yards

Warner to Fitzgerald – 39 yards

Bulger to Avery – 42 yards

Garcia to Smith – 34 yards

Hill to Bruce – 34 yards

Hill to Davis – 47 yards

Hill to Zeigler – 30 yards

Hasselback to Carlson – 33 yards

Roethesburger to Holmes – 47 yards

McNabb to Buckhalter – 59 yards

 

Even though our defense puts up a lot of sacks, it isn’t stopping the big pass play!

 

Until this problem is solved (via the draft or otherwise) it is hard to see us making a lot of noise in the playoffs or going to the Big Dance.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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