Question about Dallas O-Line under Landry
Recently IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢ve become obsessive with finding out why the Dallas Cowboys of the Tom Landry era would perform a coordinated movement on the offensive line before each play. What I mean is that the center, guard and tackles, and maybe the Tight End, would come to the line, drop into what weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d normally call a pass defense block posture, hold it until Staubach or Morton yelled ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“Set!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? and then they would all rise up to just about a full stand and then all drop to their three or four point stance.
I was usually pulling for their opponents, being a constantly battered NO Saints fan, but I always thought that when they did that move that they were showing their fans and the opposing team a few things. They were disciplined, tough and determined to stick with the little procedure until the game was over.
LetÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s face it, after three quarters, that extra movement couldnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t have been fun, but I think it was an intimidation factor as much as anything.
So whatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s the story behind it? Why did they start it? Who started it and when did it end and why did it end? Did rules changes ban it as a form of illegal movement?
It sure would be cool to see a team come out like that and do that for a game. I think it would throw the opponent right off their game. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s like when Bum Phillips and Don Coryell ran the old college option in the pros periodically. NFL teams didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t prepare for it and it would always keep them off balance.
IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d love to see our great Saints do the old Dallas line thing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ it would be so very cool and I think intimidating in our all black uniforms. (Especially if we could wear black helmets with a bright gold fleur-de-lis.) And then with the speed of Reggie Bush, Freddie McAfee and the pounder of the Deuce, we could toss in a few option plays too.
San Diego ran this with Dan Fouts at QB and three backs in a tight trip behind him. A quick read and heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d either free them into pass routes or heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d pitch the ball to chuck Muncie and heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢d do the option with the other two.
Anyway, just a few questions and a few ides.
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