After nearly a season of struggling to capitalize on opportunities from the opponent’s one yard line, the Dallas Cowboys are exploring, uh, unorthodox solutions to their all too familiar problem. The team has begun using backup guard Montrae Holland at fullback in such situations, with what interim head coach Jason Garrett describes as “moderate success.”
Of course, that’s debatable. The Cowboys have installed Holland as the fullback twice this season on plays from the opponent’s one yard line, and have failed to score a touchdown each time. All the same, Garrett seems to believe in the experiment.
“Montrae's got the body type of the most massive fullback,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He's a smart guy and a willing guy. We've used him with some moderate success.”
Dallas has scored just seven touchdowns on 21 chances from a yard out, four of which came on run plays, a stat that is indicative of the Cowboys’ slumping running game in 2010.
“It's a hard yard,” Garrett said. “It's an area that we constantly emphasize. ... We've done a good job at it at times this year, and other times haven't.
“It's an emotional-type situation. You have get lower than the other guy and beat the other guy. We've done well at that at times and at other times have not been as good.”
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