Dallas Cowboys fans have been waiting patiently for Dez Bryant to have a league-leading year. Many of us have been waiting to unleash the Optimus Prime nickname on Bryant since he joined the Cowboys. But despite many dominant performances, Bryant hasn't threatened to lead the league in yards in any of his four season thus far.
Now that it appears Bryant has his head reasonably together, the popular spot to point fingers is the offensive coaching. Many of us have pointed out that Bryant isn't "schemed open" enough by moving him around, dropping him into the slot more, using unbalanced trips formations, etc.
Enter Scott Linehan, your new offensive play-caller. Linehan's Lions have seldom let opposing defenses take away Megatron. For detailed proof of this, check out Bucky Brooks very thorough analysis of what Linehan has done to keep Megatron moving the chains. It's definitely worth your time. Kind of a lengthy summary of everything you have screamed at your TV set for Dallas to do with Bryant. And there is plenty of proof that it's been working. Now it comes to Dallas.
Most who read that article will likely feel good about where the Cowboys passing game is headed. However, many will still have concern over the running game. Linehan hasn't exactly been a ground and pound kind of guy during his tenure at Detroit, so putting him into the mix with Romo, Garrett and Callahan isn't likely to bump up the rushing attempts much.
One bright spot, Detroit ran more times in 2013 than they have in several years (most likely due to the signing of Reggie Bush).
The Lions ran it almost 8 more times per game than the Cowboys last season. Perhaps with DeMarco Murray and a healthy Lance Dunbar, Linehan and company will at least see fit to match Detroit's 2013 rushing attempts.
What do you think, folks? Is there reason for offensive optimism in 2014, or are there too many cooks in the kitchen?