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  • I really think Jim Zorn is going to get canned in Washington, because he was brought in to make 1st round bust Jason Campbell a good starting QB and that's not going to happen. So Zorn goes, and probably Campbell too. I would expect Dan Snyder to then hire a head coach with a Super Bowl title to his name/resume.

    So there could be competition for Cowher/Shanahan/Holmgren, in the division no less.

    The Cowboys have to win a playoff game for Phillips to keep his job imo. No bones about it. Get the job done or someone else will.
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    • Originally posted by Geo View Post
      I really think Jim Zorn is going to get canned in Washington, because he was brought in to make 1st round bust Jason Campbell a good starting QB and that's not going to happen. So Zorn goes, and probably Campbell too. I would expect Dan Snyder to then hire a head coach with a Super Bowl title to his name/resume.

      So there could be competition for Cowher/Shanahan/Holmgren, in the division no less.

      The Cowboys have to win a playoff game for Phillips to keep his job imo. No bones about it. Get the job done or someone else will.
      Not even a playoff win is good enough for Wade to keep his job as HC imo. Not with the available HCs out there. He'll go back to DC if anything.

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      • Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
        Not even a playoff win is good enough for Wade to keep his job as HC imo. Not with the available HCs out there. He'll go back to DC if anything.
        If Shanahan comes here, pray they don't let him make the draft picks for the defense.

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        • Originally posted by Burns336 View Post
          If Shanahan comes here, pray they don't let him make the draft picks for the defense.
          With how talented your guys RBs are I can't imagine how scary the running game would be if Shanny came to town.

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          • Originally posted by Cicero View Post
            With how talented your guys RBs are I can't imagine how scary the running game would be if Shanny came to town.
            Truth be told... Shanny is my prediction... Not my want. I'd take him over Wade though.

            Burns is right about the defense. Shanny MUST NOT handle the D. Also, our OL isn't built for the ZBS, so that also scares me. I do like Shanny, but I also realize he's not mana from heaven. I think he would do wonders for Romo, but the OL would need revamping and I think that's an endeavor that would take years to accomplish. Our guys are hogs. He requires ballet dancers.

            ie. Holland ate himself out of Denver... and ate himself into Dallas.

            If I could really have my pick of the liter, it would be Cowher. EASILY. PERIOD. Keep the OL in tact. Alter our 3-4 to the Zone Blitzing 3-4... Phillips already has pieces of it already in his scheme, so there wouldn't be too much of an overhaul... Ratliff would definitely move to DE and we would need to get us a more traditional NT. Beef up our ILBs. Our CBs are already better built for bumping and jamming at the line, than lining them up the way they are now, 5-10 yards off the LOS...so that's all good. I hardly see that much Cowher would have to do to turn this into a team built for his style. On offense, I could see him pulling back the reigns on Romo and relying on our powerful RB trio. Our WRs are very good run blockers (outside of Crayton), so that's also in place. Really... if it came down to us and the Redskins... I don't see how Cowher could turn us down for them. He's much closer to winning with us.

            Few easy steps...

            1. Find a NT.
            2. Get a playmaking/hard hitting S.
            3. Replace Crayton with a WR who blocks better.

            He can do that in 1 year and take us to the SB. ;)

            If Jerry's smart.... He'd listen to me and hire Cowher.



            But my prediction remains... I don't think Jerry has the balls to hire Cowher. I think he already has a bond with Shanny and I think he goes in that direction.
            Last edited by D-Unit; 09-22-2009, 04:07 AM.

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            • I just want to clarify my thoughts on our QB situation. I think my comments about Romo were misconstrued as a ringing endorsement to start Kitna. Let me make it clear I have no confidence in Kitna. However, I think I've seen enough Quincy Carter like decisions and turnovers from a supposed franchise QB to believe that it's high time we finally invest a first round pick on a QB again whether it's next year or the following season. It's no coincidence that like Scott says first round picks generally win you super bowls not undrafted free agents. Obviously there are exceptions but Warner and Brady are the exception not the rule.

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              • I know most of you don't agree with me on this, but I see no reason why the Cowboys HAVE to keep the 3-4 defense in case they make a coaching change.

                I think Ware is very capable of playing DE in a 4-3, and he can even line up as Joker in a 4-3. You can move him around plenty in a 4-3 and still find mismatches.

                I underestimated how FAST Ratliff is. He's a budding star. And I think he would be flat out dominant as a 4-3 UT.

                I think Spears while a bust in a 3-4, would make a great 4-3 NT. I think Spencer can handle DE as well.

                I think your LBs are more built for a 4-3 than a 3-4 anyway.

                And your safety duo needs a serious overhaul anyway, regardless of scheme.

                The Cowboys can keep a 3-4, don't get me wrong, but they don't HAVE to keep it. I think the personnel would work in either front.

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                • Originally posted by Burns336 View Post
                  If Shanahan comes here, pray they don't let him make the draft picks for the defense.
                  Regardless of who the hc is all draft picks run through Jerry Jones, no Cowboy is drafted without his seal of approval. And no, I don't think that's a good thing.

                  The knock on Spears isn't that he's fat, he has poor technique, his 1st step has slowed since he was drafted, & he can't shed the blocks. All those things are supposed to be correctable with coaching. And Wade Phillips is supposed to be good at coaching a 3-4.

                  Maybe his future with Dallas won't live or die with Romo & his game management but with getting improved play from Spears in a 5 technique, or just manufacturing a pass rush from somewhere. Anywhere, transform Ware from a MIA pass rusher to an effective defensive weapon again ...... time's a'wastin as we wait for that 1st QB sack, I'm thinking they will have flood of them with Delhomme as he continues his pinata imitation in this 09 season.

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                  • Originally posted by LizardState View Post
                    Regardless of who the hc is all draft picks run through Jerry Jones, no Cowboy is drafted without his seal of approval. And no, I don't think that's a good thing.

                    The knock on Spears isn't that he's fat, he has poor technique, his 1st step has slowed since he was drafted, & he can't shed the blocks. All those things are supposed to be correctable with coaching. And Wade Phillips is supposed to be good at coaching a 3-4.

                    Maybe his future with Dallas won't live or die with Romo & his game management but with getting improved play from Spears in a 5 technique, or just manufacturing a pass rush from somewhere. Anywhere, transform Ware from a MIA pass rusher to an effective defensive weapon again ...... time's a'wastin as we wait for that 1st QB sack, I'm thinking they will have flood of them with Delhomme as he continues his pinata imitation in this 09 season.
                    I rewatched the first half of the game last night rewinding plays back and forth and I must say... I didn't even notice Spears. I saw Hatcher out there a lot. I'll keep a better eye out... but so far, Spears was invisible to me.

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                    • Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
                      I know most of you don't agree with me on this, but I see no reason why the Cowboys HAVE to keep the 3-4 defense in case they make a coaching change.

                      I think Ware is very capable of playing DE in a 4-3, and he can even line up as Joker in a 4-3. You can move him around plenty in a 4-3 and still find mismatches.

                      I underestimated how FAST Ratliff is. He's a budding star. And I think he would be flat out dominant as a 4-3 UT.

                      I think Spears while a bust in a 3-4, would make a great 4-3 NT. I think Spencer can handle DE as well.

                      I think your LBs are more built for a 4-3 than a 3-4 anyway.

                      And your safety duo needs a serious overhaul anyway, regardless of scheme.

                      The Cowboys can keep a 3-4, don't get me wrong, but they don't HAVE to keep it. I think the personnel would work in either front.
                      I agree. ...but I don't think Jerry is ready to look like that big of a fool yet. Changing back to the 4-3 would label him "donkey".

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                      • Originally posted by MetSox17 View Post
                        How is this not a trend though? Newman has been falling off every year for the past three or so years. I've never been such a cynic like some of us here (D i'm looking at you), so it's not like i think the sky is falling, but god damn how ****** did the secondary look yesterday? They've NEVER played this bad, and if it weren't for the run defense, it could have been a rout.

                        I know some of you all were talking about the lack of pass rush, but to be honest, i never saw Eli take any 7 step drops, or hell, even 5 step drops. He was getting the ball out of there quickly, and most of the time his guys were wide open.
                        He took plenty 7 step drops and a ton of 5s too. The problem was that NY was max protecting a ton and only sending out 3 guys on a regular basis. When that happened and Dallas only brought 4, that leaves 7 defenders to cover 3 receivers. We have to do that, even for 5 seconds if necessary. That is enough to double every receiver and leave a safety up top. It was pure failure on Dallas' coverage teams, period.

                        Also, Dallas played much worse in the game last year against Washington. Newman was hurt and we made Campbell look like a prime Marino out there. Also coming to mind: at home vs. Saints in 06, at home versus Giants in 07, at home versus Lions in 06, at the Rams last year and at home vs. the Pats in 07.


                        Originally posted by Burns336 View Post
                        Pressuring the QB??? I assume you are referring to the 2 hits he put on Leftwich? Those were all scheme. He came on a twist and was unblocked in both instances. He never got close to Eli. In fact, he didn't even notch a tackle against NYG. Spears can't rush the passer for ****. You just homer-coat it like you always do.

                        You try to justify everything going on and somehow always find a way to prove that the Cowboys are the best team in the division and ****** players are overlooked gems. I'm sure you'll reply to this post trying to convince me we're a contender.

                        I got news dude. This is the same ****. Nothings changed.

                        I expect the team to go on a short run and go into the bye at 4-1, we'll be in contention until the 3rd quarter of the season, then we'll fall into desperation mode looking to grab a WC spot, and then we'll miss playoffs. Wade will be gone. Shanahan will be in. and we can start over.
                        Listen, just because you say bad things about your team does not make you objective. I've been more than willing to concede poor play with any player on our team in the past, as long as there is actual proof that that player has done poorly. As opposed to you, who has your little ideas in your head and that's just how it is. Spears has been one of your classic scapegoats ever since you started posting here, and its no surprise that when we come upon adversity you start singing your familiar refrain.

                        Calling me a homer is not only untrue, but major bush league (to use a hot term) on your part. I keep things in perspective, which is something that few fans are able to do after a devastating loss like the one we just suffered. The reality here is that we just lost by 2 as time expired to a team that most considered FAR superior to us. What went into that estimation? A lot of things, but the inability of Romo to protect the ball was one of them. This is nothing new, but when you added it all up, on a crazy night like Sunday when all sorts of insane bounces were going their way, Dallas was still better relative to the Giants than the vast majority of people thought.

                        That's perspective.

                        Now, is that good enough? **** no. I expect more. You expect more. Jerry expects more. Cowboy Nation expects more. Sure. So it must get better.

                        But just because our team suffers a devastating and embarrassing loss doesn't make every sh!tty thing you say true. So get over yourself.

                        Originally posted by bigbluedefense View Post
                        I know most of you don't agree with me on this, but I see no reason why the Cowboys HAVE to keep the 3-4 defense in case they make a coaching change.

                        I think Ware is very capable of playing DE in a 4-3, and he can even line up as Joker in a 4-3. You can move him around plenty in a 4-3 and still find mismatches.

                        I underestimated how FAST Ratliff is. He's a budding star. And I think he would be flat out dominant as a 4-3 UT.

                        I think Spears while a bust in a 3-4, would make a great 4-3 NT. I think Spencer can handle DE as well.

                        I think your LBs are more built for a 4-3 than a 3-4 anyway.

                        And your safety duo needs a serious overhaul anyway, regardless of scheme.

                        The Cowboys can keep a 3-4, don't get me wrong, but they don't HAVE to keep it. I think the personnel would work in either front.

                        I do think we are very capable of playing a 4-3 scheme. The one thing we don't have is a true-blue WILL backer to eat up ball carriers and roam sideline to sideline. But, yes, we do have the personnel to make the switch if necessary. But I still think, if we could just get a real NT, that our personnel is better suited to a 3-4. As good a DE as DeMarcus is, I think you lose some of the benefit of his greatness if you take away his ability to stand up and do all the things he is doing now.

                        And I just want to say that, at times like these, its great having you and your contrarian ways around. Things are always blown out of proportion, and having a non-Cowboy fan around to add some perspective to the brain-dead head hunters is very nice. Kudos.
                        Originally posted by 21ST
                        He was protecting his self
                        Originally posted by tjsunstein
                        From what? His leg?
                        Originally posted by Paranoidmoonduck
                        That leg has had it out for him since day 1.
                        "We're the quiet guys, the guys before the storm. And then we hit you."

                        DeMarcus Ware

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                        • Blogging the boys just posted a report from a Dallas based source stating that MBIII is projected to miss 1-2 weeks with his quad strain.


                          I actually like it. My biggest frustration through week 2, even more than Romo's TOs and our defensive struggles, is our clear lack of comprehension when it comes to Felix Jones. We just don't seem to get how good he is. He should be in the game on 40% of all snaps or more, and get at least 12 touches a game, preferably 15. I don't see us grasping what a weapon we have, or understanding how to use it. Hopefully a week or two without Barber against a little weaker competition will teach us what we have.
                          Originally posted by 21ST
                          He was protecting his self
                          Originally posted by tjsunstein
                          From what? His leg?
                          Originally posted by Paranoidmoonduck
                          That leg has had it out for him since day 1.
                          "We're the quiet guys, the guys before the storm. And then we hit you."

                          DeMarcus Ware

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                          • Man that sucks losing Barber when he's running so damn well right now. I hope that injury doesn't hamper him too much. I cringed when he pulled up Sunday night. Maybe this is a blessing to let Garrett learn how to use Felix like some of you have been saying. Good thing the running back depth is really great. I have more than enough faith in Choice and Felix to get the job done, even though you're missing alot with Barber.

                            As for the defensive concerns, I have a serious question. Do you guys think Wade can get things fixed to the point to where the D is solid again? So far the D has looked terrible in one game, and bad for the second half of another. Do you have enough faith that Wade can fix things? Personally I do because of what he is. Wade's not much of a head coach, but he's been highly regarded as a defensive coordinator for good reason. Seeing how good the D played in the first half of Sunday's game lets me believe that things won't be so bad all season. What do you guys think?
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                            • http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...=tsn&type=lgns

                              Barber out 1-2 weeks. Nice. Not too long and yet could be a blessing in disguise. Either way, we'll get a better feel on how best to utilize Felix effectively.

                              As for Cowher..

                              http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/a...l-cowhers-mind

                              Looks like he's looking at Carolina. Figures.

                              Check out these tweets from TO. From the article...

                              Throwing gasoline on the fire down in Big D after the Giants stunned the Cowboys in their purty new palace, is a report that Terrell Owens tweeted last night: "neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i'm happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!" But now the only tweet comin' up on his page regarding the Cowboys-Giants game is: "Look, I'm nt gonna say anything bad about the cowboys, I hate tht sum of my boys played hard & they lost! Hope my boy MB is ok!! Nite!"

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                              • Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                                http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slu...=tsn&type=lgns

                                Barber out 1-2 weeks. Nice. Not too long and yet could be a blessing in disguise. Either way, we'll get a better feel on how best to utilize Felix effectively.

                                As for Cowher..

                                http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/a...l-cowhers-mind

                                Looks like he's looking at Carolina. Figures.

                                Check out these tweets from TO. From the article...

                                Throwing gasoline on the fire down in Big D after the Giants stunned the Cowboys in their purty new palace, is a report that Terrell Owens tweeted last night: "neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i'm happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!" But now the only tweet comin' up on his page regarding the Cowboys-Giants game is: "Look, I'm nt gonna say anything bad about the cowboys, I hate tht sum of my boys played hard & they lost! Hope my boy MB is ok!! Nite!"
                                http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4495437

                                That's the latest story I've read about MBIII's injury. I anticipate he'll play some monday night.

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