Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela
Senior Analyst, Author Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in ’95 and ’96.
Two more stops along the way and here I am.
Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com

Scouting Binoculars

On Fandom: Are NFL Fans Finally Seeing the Full Field? Part II

In part one, I made a breezy review of the NFL’s framing patterns, from broadcast in the analog system, where screens had an aspect ratio (width to height) of 4:3.  I showed that centered the ball and the line of scrimmage were the primary patterns. The NFL has had the opportunity to present off-set framings …

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On Fandom: Is TV Finally Showing NFL Fans an All-22 View?

Sometimes, you don’t understand your own strength.  Other times, you don’t know what you’ve got until you lose it.  In the case of NFL broadcasts, most fans don’t understand what action they’re missing, because they don’t get to see it. I’m going to take a deep dive into the framing of football, the way that …

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Will Andy Reid Find Deliverance with Speed 3.0?

Timing is everything.  For an NFL coach, a lack of personnel cohesion can spell the difference between being good and being a champion.   In 2018, timing may finally be coming together for Andy Reid.  The long-time Eagles and Chiefs coach has built several playoff units, and one Super Bowl squad, with his ‘03 Eagles, …

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Giants vs Cowboys

Cowboys – Giants Tip: Follow the Leader to Eli

The Panthers loss has produced a week of teeth-gnashing and angst among many Cowboys faithful. Much of the dismay has focused on the sputtering offense. With the Giants game a mere day away, let’s look at something that worked, a new-old defensive wrinkle that’s likely to be tried again, given Dallas’ strength and New York’s …

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Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett, and Scott Linehan

Panthers 16, Cowboys 8 – Feeling a Campo Era

We’re not the Bills. That’s probably one of the better things that can be said of the 2018 Cowboys debut. A team that kept many of its starters in the freezer this preseason took three quarters to thaw, falling behind 16-0 early in the 4th quarter before gaining some early season traction. The defense melted …

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Dak Prescott

Cowboys WR Unit – Dak Friendly Time

Part three of SportTalkLine’s interview with ESPN analyst KC Joyner looks at the expectations fan can have for the 2018 receiving unit and what Dak Prescott can do to maximize their performance. Sports Talk Line: The Cowboys completely overhauled their receiving unit this year. Changed the position coach. Let Dez Bryant go. Cole Beasley is …

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Ezekile Elliott 1st Down

Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys

Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys Part two of Cowboys Nation’s interview with ESPN football analyst KC Joyner looks at the Cowboys’ offensive line metrics, Ezekiel Elliott’s lost 2017 campaign and what a return to his 2016 form could mean to the club. Sports Talk Line: …

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Dez Bryant

X-ed Out: The Split End Killed the Cowboys’ 2017 Deep Passing Attack

K.C. Joyner has been a friend of my sites going back to the mid-2000s before he made his move to ESPN. This week, KC joined me for an interview to promote Scientific Football 2018, the 15th edition of his groundbreaking books, which inspired competitors like Pro Football Focus. In this edition, we take a deep …

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