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Dallas Cowboys MugDallas Cowboys Redux – watching replay of Cowboys first 90’s Super Bowl victory (never a bad thing to do) and the announcers kept mentioning how the Cowboys defense had not one but two linebackers that could cover out of the backfield or the slot (Ken Norton and Dixon (stone hands) Edwards). I watched these guys cover receivers while Buffalo was running the “K-Gun” spread offense (think Eagles 2013) and the Dallas Cowboys defense had enough rotational linemen, linebackers and safety help to handle the potent attack with aplomb. Excellent line pressure was backed up by incredible linebacker play and topped off with ball-hawking safety effort (Thomas Everett and Darren Woodson). It was incredible to watch how the units supported each other and to realize how far away we are from that at this juncture. We have one LB that can cover. Bruce has the ability but it’s all talk until he “gets it” on game day in a consistent manner. Church would have been a solid backup and special teamer in ’93.Here is what our defensive units look like numbers wise when counting what we have today and where they would fit in ’93.

  • DLine – 1 rotation guy (Selvie) and 2 “potential” starters (Melton, Crawford)
  • LB – 1 solid starter (Lee) and 3 potential rotation guys (Bruce, Holloman, Wilber)
  • dB – 3 CB’s (Carr, Claiborne, Scandrick) and 1/2 safety (Church)

This just in, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have enough talent on defense. This draft (and next years) are critical (duh). Offensively we are getting close to the ball park in regards to what it takes to be a winning team. It’s all about the talent and it’s all about the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys in 2014. We will be looking back at this draft in three short years and talking about how this was the one that put Garrett and the Cowboys over the top or pointing out how Garrett is doing just fine at (fill in the blank) where he has a GM to work with. They have the draft currency and a year that is custom built for what they need talent wise. No excuses will or should be accepted.

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Dallas Cowboys Good at What They Practice

A respected coach I spent more than a little time studying (Bela Karolyi) had one “saying” that I feel is germane in all sports, yet particular to the Cowboys.

“Perfect practice makes perfect”

The reason for the distinction (of course) is that if you practice something incorrectly, that’s what you get good at. Your focus or desire isn’t what determines where you progress, it’s your actions. This leads us to one of the items I see mentioned from time to time in comments (Cowboys Nation reader Mensa most recently broached the subject) and analysis, that the Cowboys need to show consistent dedication in the draft to their lines. The Giants are often used as an example insofar as their draft efforts in regards to their defensive front. They draft often and they draft high for defensive linemen. Ultimately the draft is a crap shoot and in order to stay strong in an area you have to spend your draft currency chasing a wanted effect. I would like to point out this is not guesswork, it’s reality with results right in front of our eyes that prove the concept. Case in point, often Jerry targets injured players that drop in the draft so he can get his media “draft credit” fix for the great “value” he got with the pick. End result is the Dallas Cowboys are becoming renowned for having very talented, fragile players that can’t stay on the field. See, it works. You target something, spend enough picks on it and voila! You get what you pay for.

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Tony Romo at Workouts

The Cowboys are reporting that Romo is in attendance for the start of the off-season workouts. Baby steps. This is much better than “at home rehabbing”. He looked chunky and stiff last camp. It affected the offense. It is often stated, Romo at 90% is better than most of the leagues other offerings. Fools gold (yes, I understand the straight line implications). We need Romo at 100%. We need everyone at 100%. For Romo and Garrett, the future is now.

What say you Cowboys Nation?

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