Things are a lot different for both the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks than they were last time the two squads matched up way back in Week 3. Injuries, trades, and the emergence of various players has been a huge part of that.
One of the interesting elements to this game is undoubtedly Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard (who is already drawing interest to be a head coach). It’s well-known how long Richard worked for the Seahawks and the things that they accomplished there, familiarity is part of what happens when coaches change staffs.
Such was the case during the aforementioned matchup in Week 3, and obviously the Seahawks knew that as well. You’ll remember that, regardless of Kris Richard or not, the Seahawks made it a point to watch the Cowboys during the game in order to learn their defensive hand signals. They were successful and used the information on a Tyler Lockett touchdown at the end of the first half.
Here’s Doug Baldwin talking about how Caleb Scott and Alex McGough successfully deciphered the Cowboys defensive hand signals last Sunday on the Tyler Lockett touchdown.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 28, 2018
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This is part of the rigors of competition and the Seahawks hardly did anything immoral or illegal back in September. The reality is that all NFL teams are keenly aware of things happening everywhere on a football field, Doug Baldwin just chose to publicize the Seahawks’ findings.
The point here is that we are only three months removed from the Seahawks having success with this practice against the Cowboys. It would serve Dallas well to remember that they’re dealing with an opponent who is crafty and will explore every avenue that they can to get an advantage. Here’s hoping the Cowboys do the same.