Mailbag: Impact On Offense When Gallup Returns? –






When Michael Gallup returns to the lineup, how will that impact the use of two tight ends? We have used that set to a great advantage up to this point and using two tight ends has caused a lot of problems for the opposing defense. – DAVID ROMAN / BIG SPRING, TX
David: I don’t think it’s going to make that much of a difference, to be honest with you. The Cowboys clearly enjoy using 12 personnel, regardless of who’s available. They’re using two tight ends roughly 30% of the time, and it’s not like they’ve been shy about using Cedrick Wilson as a third receiver. Maybe we’ll see a small uptick in 11 personnel when Gallup is ready to return, but it’s clear that both Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin have a meaningful role in this offense, no matter who’s healthy at receiver.
Rob: If we’ve learned anything about Kellen Moore’s offense over the last three years, and especially this season, he’s going to mix and match personnel groupings. So I agree with Dave: I doubt 12 personnel will just disappear when Michael Gallup returns. I do think the extra tight end has been helpful to Terence Steele at times in pass protection, and to the run game in general. Obviously the Cowboys’ three-wide sets are a huge strength on offense, but I imagine Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin will still get their share of playing time.
I believe the defense is currently ranked fifth in rushing defense while last year they ranked near the bottom. Do you attribute this to different personnel, the acquisition of Dan Quinn or the fact that we are leading games in the fourth quarter as opposed to being behind? – BUCKY ANISTON / LEXINGTON, KY
David: Circumstances are clearly one of the biggest factors here, with all due respect to the defense. The Cowboys have led by double digits in the second half of three of their six games, which severely hinders the opposition’s ability to run the ball. Having said that, we aren’t seeing as many lapses as we did last year. Of course, you’re going to give up plays from time to time, but we haven’t see the same type of backbreaking gains. I credit Dan Quinn for installing his scheme more successfully, so guys are playing faster and getting to where they’re supposed to be.
Rob: I wrote about this topic in my 3 & Out column, and it’s true that the Cowboys have a faced the lowest carry total in the league from opponents. That’s largely due to the leads they’ve built in the second half of games. But they’ve added more speed at the linebacker position and the defensive line is doing a much better job of holding their gaps up front compared to last year. It’s definitely an improvement, even though they haven’t been tested as much as other defenses in that area.
Why would the NFL not put Randy Gregory on the Pro Bowl voting, it seems so disrespectful to him?
Looking at the records and the ups and downs of the Chiefs season, I’m a little confused as to why we are being considered the underdog in this one. Your thoughts?
When are DeMarcus Lawrence, Neville Gallimore and Randy Gregory due back and what are your expectations for this defense when we get everyone on the field again?
It seems pretty obvious that Connor Williams is the weak link on the offensive line. Would you give Connor McGovern a shot at left guard? 
Is Leighton Vander Esch making impact plays that we miss because all eyes are on Micah Parsons, and is he playing his way to a second contract with the Cowboys?
Do you think that the loss to the Broncos is a blessing in disguise?
It seems guys are willing to run alongside, clawing at the ball, rather than just putting the guy down. Have you guys asked Coach Quinn about this? 
What do you think about the decision to move Terence Steele to left tackle against the Broncos? 
I hear rumors about Kellen Moore and the head coaching job at TCU. This sounds like Sean Payton all over again. What can Dallas do to ensure that his first head coaching job is coaching the Dallas Cowboys.
I’m a longtime fan, and can’t remember a Cowboys team with better chemistry or a more cohesive mix of veterans, younger guys, and likable characters. What do you think? 
With the injury to Jabril Cox and the release of Jaylon Smith by the Packers, is there any chance that the Cowboys may bring him back?
If Tyron Smith indeed misses time for this ankle injury, do you think they look at La’el Collins to fill in or do they stick with Ty Nsekhe? 
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