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Winning with Tight Ends, Part Two: The No-Back Running Play

In the first segment, I suggested a play called Triple Tight End Fake Bubble Screen. The idea being to use three tight ends in a formation that a defense wouldn't be prepared for, ideally in the red zone.

In this installment, the idea is to force the defense to send out a nickel package, possibly even dime, even though there are two tight ends on the field-- and then run the ball. We accomplish this by having no running back.

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Dallas comes out with Witten, Rosario, Austin, Bryant and Harris. They begin walking to the line as though about to settle into a spread formation. Just prior to getting set, they realign with Harris as the lone set back and everyone else in a traditional run formation.

They run the zone stretch play that they have been working on in camp.

I like Harris as the runner because he runs like a back already, has great vision, a lower center of gravity and is a tough football player.

Harris finished second in the NFL in punt returns last year, in large part because of these qualities. But beyond that, he was an occasional wildcat QB in college. Check out some of his work here.

I think he has what it takes to spot cut-back lanes and drive hard into the hole and fight for every inch.

Witten and Rosario are Dallas' best blocking tight ends, but the absence of a running back, combined with three wide-outs will be enough to get at least a nickel package, if not a dime package, on the field.

One last aspect to this that plays in the Cowboys' favor, is that Austin and Bryant are such big, physical receivers and willing blockers. Dallas could actually develop a series of plays off of this "no back" grouping and have success running the ball, given the defensive personnel that will be on the field.

Naturally, Romo would have his usual alternate play built in (Kill! Kill! Kill!) which could be a pass after all, or a different running play.

So what do you say, Nation? Is 12 personnel fun or what?


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