Originally Posted by AJM1613
Tight end, strong safety, left cornerback, nickelback, left guard, center, left wide receiver, slot receiver, Ferguson over Walker, Glover over Simon.
And Rivera may be better than Andrews, but I'll take my chances with the kid.
AJM, you know darn well your edge is in continuity of systems, coaching, and franchise stability: a team is much more then the sum of its individual player parts.
The kind of sound drafting and development that allowed a Vincent and Taylor to walk, then plugged in Shepperd and Brown in their third years without missing a beat is what the Cowboys do not yet have, but realize they need..
But in the NFL, as in any other kind of history, it's cyclical. No one stays on top forever because the league changes as rapidly as franchises develop a winning formula. It doesn't take as big a revolution as free agency to stop a wheel and turn it counterclockwise...just a key loss or two in the FO, a run on assistant coaches, an injury or two that savvy drafting and smart signings just could not compensate for for whatever reason...a few rules changes robbing some good players of impact, the moves of the other division teams..you wake up one fine morning and you're not on top anymore.
Even when you're doing everything "right".
There is most certainly such a thing as a "window" of opportunity. Sometimes like with the Bucs, you manage to win it all before the glass comes shattering down. Your team has in its favor a wider window due to cap solvency and fine coaching, but there are no Empires anymore..not even in New England.
No trash talking here, but I do not think you will be as dominant this year, meaning, the Boys, Skins in their second year under Gibbs, and Jints in their second under Coughlin will start to make headways in that critical area of "continuity".
PS If you graduated this year, congrats.