The Cowboys 2004 - My Opine
Normally, I would do this on Yahoo, but it seems to have been overtaken by fools racists, and wanna be wrestling clones etc... I am not giving it up but intelligent postings seem very frivilous and unappreciated these days.
Quincy Carter is the starter this year and probably the next year as well. Vinny is a competent back up. Of course you are gonna let him compete for the starting position. Why would you let a young impressionable, tempramental quarterback, think his job is safe? Quincy has all the skills to compete and win in this league. He is now a post season winner. Lets face it. Last year he had no running game to speak of, a patch work offensive line that looked like my grandmothers hand sewn blankets, and three starting recievers who dropped the ball 40-50% of the time it hit them in the hands. When he was still at Georgia there were many writers and analysts who compared him to Doug Williams and said he was a future Heisman candidate. If Quincy continues to improve his mechanics, keeps his head up, holds the ball high, studies keys, and defensive schemes, he will continue to start. Drew Henson is another baseball player who realized the reason he played baseball is because he was very good at football. Drew Henson has the ability, he has the arm and he has the accuracy. The questions is "Does he have the mental fortitude and discipline to become a leader? I believe he does, you can sense the pedigree and confidence. But how will he be be after camp and hes been tapped a few times?
Hail to Jerry! Not only did we get Julius Jones as value pick but also picked up a first round selction for next years draft. No question I love his dedication to winning, but leave football to football people. Julius can be our running back for the next eight years. He as quick as Emmit was, faster than Emmit, and can run through the middle. Although we will see how well. Hambricks attempt at replacing Emmitt was alot of talk and sadly nothing more. Now we have an inspired, grateful to have an opportunity to play running back that reminds me of Gayle Sayers when he runs. Julius has a very smooth and pretty stride. Unfortunatley, if he gets injured we could be in trouble. Cason is faster and just as quick, but is too thin in the thighs to handle 16 games 300+ carries. Richie Anderson, "Mr Utility" is getting on in years. Hes been a durable all everything but he isnt a spring chicken anymore either. I do like Rashard Lee. I think he could be a featured back. I just hope he gets the opportunity to show it.
If anything Keyshawns locker room leadership should help make this more competitive and get peoples heads in the game. We have sorely missed Michael Irvins intensity and desire since that fateful day in Filthydelphia. He is a proven receiver who will go over the middle and is maybe the best downfield blocking receiver to come out in quite a while. I am prediciting his impact this year to be close to a thousand yards and seven touchdowns. His reception percentage will definitely be better than 50%. That is improvement! Joey Galloway as blessed as he was physically, wasn't the sharpest tack in the box. Not dumb, just not incredibly smart either. Your number one reciever should be able to do more than run a post , a fly pattern and deep in/outs. Tery Glenn was a little better in reception percentages but a little better than 50% means there is alot more room for improvement. With a second year in Bills system and Keyshawn pushing him, I am sure that will improve. Antonio Bryant, who is back in Dallas working out, may have us over a barrel. Being the only other experienced? wide reciever makes him more important than he really should be. He has talent, but unless his attitude improves because Keyshawn was loafing and I had to run all the routes means he just wont make it as a player in this league if he doesnt pull his primma donna head out of his butt and start behaving like a professional. Williams our fourth string receiver is possibly the fastest man alive at 6'4" 220lbs but until he starts producing, he's another broken down porsche in the driveway. Looks good but thats about all.
The strength of our offense. Cambell, Whitten, and Ryan make this one big talented tight end corp. Whitten should overtake Campbell by midseason just because he has been learning on how to block better and is an incredible receiver. I am looking for alot of double tight end sets this year. I can already picture Whitten on the outside pulling off blocks to be a much needed safety valve for Quincy. All three average 6'5" 265lbs.
Our offensive line was covered very throughly in another thread so I wont waste much of your reading time. Mostly I believe Dave Volk will make the team and if we can just develop some chemistry on the line. We should be good. Larry Allens temprament and condition with the team is better than what people think it is. I have heard one of his biggest complaints with Bill was being called a horse in the media. He felt Bill should have showed him more respect than what he did in public. Which is why now all you wil hear Bill say is he is fine and doing what he needs to. Al Johnson is going to be our center for the next ten years. When I saw him with Dandy Don in San Antonio, even though when he went up against Larry Allen in blocking drills and Larry would hit him so hard his feet were leaving the ground, (It was that way with all the other guards also) he didn't fall, kep his composure and kept firing back at Larry. Almost saying in his posture and actions "So what! You're big and strong but I'm still here, you aren't putting me on my butt" A center having tenacity, intelligence, and a nasty streak can play on my team anytime.