#2 QB controversy aside ...
I'm happy with the new look this team has!
I was out with a friend last night. A die hard Cowboy fan. Almost as die hard as me. And we were discussing all of the new personell this team has. And I must say, it's pretty amazing. We've upgraded a lot. A whole lot really.
I mean, the first three FA of this offseason were pretty darn good players if you ask me. Anthony Henry is going to be a great addition and truley helps the defense and solidifies the CB positions. Then, we have one of the best DT's added in Furgeson. We needed some size up there and we got it. And Rivera is a pro bowler, that makes 3 pro bowlers up there on the line. This is an impovement and a good one at that.
Oh. And Drew Bledsoe. A talented guy I think. I think Parcells will get the most out of him. The offense should be tailored around his strong points. And this will be an upgrade over Vinny. He's one of the most accurate QB's there is when he's clicking. I think we'll all be surprised here ...
He's (Bledsoe) got chemistry with Glenn, who if he stays healthy can be a serious threat. The recievers are underrated IMO and Morgan makes an excellent #3 guy. Keyshawn should also be a favorite target for Bledsoe. Not mention one of the best - if not the best - TEs in the league. Witten has turned out to be a great pick up for us. Nice pick up in the draft. And Cambell is coming back as well. This really is big time. He's not too shabby either and we missed him last year.
This brings me to the running game. With the overpowering offensive line in front of them, this is one of my favorite groups on the team. First, you have Julius Jones. Now he's good, but some don't realize how good. He is in the same category as Earl Campbell in yardage in his first 8 games. He's also a guy who can get through the holes quickly and - unlike Emmitt - once he gets past those holes, he can make you miss and even out run you in the secondary. That's a quality that makes him better than a lot of the best RB's in the league IMO - making people miss in the secondary.
Behind Julius, you have Marion Barber III. I honestly have never seen him play, but I've come to trust Parcells when it comes to chosing RB talent. Apparently this guy really looks the part and we all have a feeling he could be as good as Julius. That's saying a whole lot. We also have Anthony Thomas who was playing in Chicago. He had a real nice rookie season and I'm betting we got a pretty good running back that we'll actually see more of than some people think. He'll give us depth and also provide viable options if we chose to ever run a RB by committee game plan and should be a good finisher.
I haven't even gotten to the draft yet. Pretty scary, huh? Well, needless to say we cleaned house. Ware: We all have high hopes for him. And like RB, Parcells seems to have pretty good luck picking out LBers. Tremendous athlete who is a gamble, but if it pays off, he could be a big time addition and if nothing else, should provide a pass rushing threat especially teamed up with our second pick - Marcus Spears. Now this guy should be a monster, especially since he's going to be playing up there with Glover, Fergeson and Ellis when we line up in the 4-3, which I think we'll do just as much as the 3-4.
The 3rd pick of the draft should be a solid pick up too. Everything I've read on him is positive. He seems to be a leader with all of the athletic characteristics you'd want in a LBer. Ware, Spears and Burnett are all peices that fit well in a 3-4 scheme, but they also fit pretty well into a 4-3 scheme which IMO we've gotten better personell-wise to run too. Ladies and gentlemen, we're going to mix it up in the front seven. Since we have the personell to run both a 3-4 and a 4-3 we'll be unpredictable. This defense has the ability to be something special. And don't forget about Dat Ngyuen
Also in the draft, we have one-eyed Willie, aka Chris Canty. Here's the capper on him. We got him in the 4th round. The skinny is, he has first round talent, but fell to the 4th because of an eye injury. Parcells did his homework here and made a nice move trading up for this guy. He adds much needed depth to insure our pass rush and can compete with Ellis and Spears for playing time. He also adds depth to a pass rush. Something tells me we're going to use a rotation and keep our defense fresh throughout 4 quarters. Good strategy here.
Justin Barialt: I've got a feeling about him. He sounds like a proto-typical Dallas safety. Definitely a good prospect, especially for only a 6th round pick. I'm betting we hit on him. And all homerism aside, he should be solid back up material who has the ability to compete for FS in Dallas' scheme. He could surprise some. Petitti is also a good prospect for a late pick. People are high on him as well.
The recent addition of Reese should add options also at the FS position. The competition philosophy should work out here IMO. We've got enough options where we should at least land a solid player. Keith Davis will have some competition and if Scott doesn't up his game he could be gone. We do have options here though. I like that.
To sum it up, we're an entirely different team than last year. We've improved our team with veterans and young talent. And I haven't seen this much talent on the team in quite some time. Something tells me that we are going to surprise the league this year and possibly win the NFC East. We have just gotten better in almost every area. And if we can stay away from an abundance of injuries and bad luck, this team will compete to make the playoffs this year. And once we get to the playoffs anything can happen.
Last edited by Banned_n_austin : 06-04-2005 at 07:05 PM.