Cowboys’ James says teams track officiating crews

Cowboys LB Bradie James let everyone in on a secret Thursday. It might not be the biggest secret for some.

While we know NFL teams research and chart just about anything that could factor into a win, that process doesn’t stop at the officiating crew. Like baseball teams chart opposing pitchers, James said part of the Cowboys’ weekly preparation is knowing which crew will be on the field and what calls they’re more prone to make. The team then adjusts their aggressiveness accordingly.

“On Wednesday, when we come in for the first day of preparation, one of the first things we see is (who the officials are), and we see what they like to throw as far as their flags and what their common calls are,” James told “NFL Total Access” on Thursday. “If you have a roughing-the-passer-type of guy, you don’t even come close to the quarterback unless he has the ball in his hand.”

During a week when protecting quarterbacks is the hottest of topics, it’s an interesting perspective from James in how teams leave no stone unturned while looking for any advantage to win a game.

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