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Cowboys No Huddle experiment versus Bucs.

The No Huddle is an idea that has been bandied about on this site several times as Romo seems to do really well in those scenarios. The team seemed to give it a try against the Bucs. Here's the results (excluding the No Huddle plays within the last 2 minutes of the Half as that's simply 'normal' no huddle for any team).

First possession (First Quarter):

2-10-DAL 20 (14:33) (No Huddle, Shotgun) PENALTY on DAL-D.Free, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at DAL 20 - No Play.

The next two plays were a dropped catch and then an interception (were not no huddle though).

Second possession (First Quarter):

2-6-DAL 20 (10:17) (No Huddle) D.Murray left end to DAL 23 for 3 yards (L.David).

3-3-DAL 23 (9:33) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Romo pass short right to M.Austin to DAL 28 for 5 yards (B.McDonald).

1-10-DAL 28 (8:58) (No Huddle) D.Murray up the middle to DAL 25 for -3 yards (G.McCoy).

2-13-DAL 25 (8:13) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Romo pass short middle to D.Bryant to DAL 34 for 9 yards (L.David).

3-4-DAL 34 (7:26) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to J.Witten to DAL 39 for 5 yards (M.Barron).

1-10-DAL 39 (7:26) (No Huddle) PENALTY on DAL-J.Witten, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at DAL 39 - No Play.

1-15-DAL 34 (6:39) (Shotgun) D.Murray left tackle to DAL 37 for 3 yards (M.Foster).

2-12-DAL 37 (6:08) D.Murray left tackle to DAL 36 for -1 yards (A.Clayborn).

3-13-DAL 36 (5:21) (No Huddle, Shotgun) PENALTY on DAL-D.Free, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at DAL 36 - No Play.

3-18-DAL 31 (5:01) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep left to D.Bryant. Pass incomplete sideline at the Tampa Bay 40.

4-18-DAL 31 (4:54) (Punt formation) C.Jones punts 49 yards to TB 20, Center-L.Ladouceur. J.Shipley to TB 21 for 1 yard (J.Phillips).

They went no huddle almost the whole drive and had 2 first downs, 2 penalties (false start Witten, Free) and a total of 15 yards gained before punting.

Third possession (of Second Quarter, mid-way through):

3-7-TB 21 (4:36) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Romo scrambles up the middle to TB 12 for 9 yards (M.Barron).

This is the possession after Shipely's muffed punt. They went no huddle for just this 3rd and 7.

Second possession (Third Quarter):

3-4-DAL 40 (2:07) (No Huddle, Shotgun) T.Romo sacked at DAL 32 for -8 yards (M.Bennett). FUMBLES (M.Bennett), RECOVERED by TB-E.Wright at DAL 31.

Dallas had moved 29 yards in 4 plays (from their 11 to their 40) when they went no huddle on this 3rd down and lost possession.

First Possession (Forth Quarter):

1-10-TB 12 (13:30) (No Huddle) T.Romo pass short right to D.Murray pushed ob at TB 9 for 3 yards (E.Wright). Pass complete off a "naked" bootleg.

Results:

On eleven total no huddle plays (not including the ones inside 1 minute before the half) Dallas had 3 Penalties (all False Starts) and a sack with a lost fumble.

Romo was 4 of 4, 22 yards, 9 yard scramble, 1 sack, 1 fumble lost on the no huddle snaps.

Murray had one run of 3 yards and one run of negative 3 yards on his.

So not only were there some really bad plays there was virtually no positive plays to offset them (the longest no huddle play was Romo's 9 yard scramble tied with Dez's 9 yard catch).

It's safe to say that the No Huddle experiment was pretty bad against the Bucs. Perhaps it's worth trying again but maybe it just puts too much stress on our already struggling Oline for now.

However I do not in any way want to criticize them for trying new things. I like that they tried this scenario out. It was a good time to do it too: against an average team on your own home turf. It didn't go well but they escaped with the win anyway. Now they can decide to either fix what went wrong and try again or that it's just not suitable for them with this personnel. What do think they should do?

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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