There has been a lot of talk recently about Jason Garrett and his vastly improved play-calling. While watching the game Saturday night I noticed a play that I felt obliged to bring up that I feel highlights the value of the red headed genius. (I paused the game and forced my wife to re-watch the play and explained the brilliance to her, she was not as impressed as I was, so I figured I'd try my luck with you guys).
This is the play line from NFL.com
3-8-DAL 47 (15:00) (Shotgun) 9-T.Romo pass short middle to 19-M.Austin to PHI 41 for 12 yards (21-J.Hanson). Pass complete on a slant.
Here is the youtube video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAVybgDGXi0 Now this isn't the greatest because it doesn't show everything leading up to the snap, but you can catch the end of what I am talking about. It is the first play of the high-light at the 00:14 mark.
At the start of the video you can see Crayton talking his place at the top of your screen and Sheldon Brown lining up on him. The Cowboys come out of the huddle with Crayton in the backfield Austin in the slot being covered by Sheldon Brown and Joselio Hanson inside of Brown with responsibility for Crayton. As the Romo starts barking signals Crayton motions out wide and this is where the play is made. Brown moves out wide to take Crayton and Hanson slides over to take Austin. Dallas just went from having the Eagles' best corner (IMO) on our best receiver to having their 3rd corner on Austin. Austin makes a quick move outside, then back up the field and Romo hits him down the seam for 12 yards on 3 & 8.
The play was designed perfectly by Garrett and Romo and Austin executed it to perfection, this was one of the many 3rd down conversations that aided Dallas in winning this ball game. If Garrett can continue to draw up plays that match our strength against the defenses weakness we will go a very long way this post season.