Speaking of restructuring of athletes, do you think Dallas is silly enough to cut Miles and create a gaping hole in their WR corps? Ogletree is gone.
Dan Graziano (12:09 PM)
No, I do not think the Cowboys will cut Miles Austin.
Dan, follow-up on not cutting Miles. You've written that there will essentially be cap casualties in Dallas this off season. Where are you leaning right now in terms of players getting cut?
Dan Graziano (12:13 PM)
I don't have my list in front of me, but Spears, Free and maybe Sensabaugh are guys who could be in trouble, I think
Will it really be that much of a difference for D Ware in the 4-3 as opposed to the 3-4? It seems like it will only help him because his sole responsibility will be to get after the QB rather than drop into coverage sometimes like he did in Ryan's scheme.
Dan Graziano (12:15 PM)
Your logic is fine. My issue with Ware as a 4-3 linemen is the physical toll it's likely to take on him when he has less space in which to operate. He's already broken down a bit in each of the last two seasons, and I'm not sure he's got the size to handle that position for the years to come.
Joe [via mobile]
Do you think the Cowboys will sit Ware more than they have in the past so he can hold up the whole season? He has had neck issues in the past and he was basically playing on one arm for the last 6 games or so.
Dan Graziano (12:16 PM)
Makes sense in theory, but do they have the depth on the defensive line to do that if they move to a 4-3? I doubt it.
If the Cowboys were to cut Doug Free, would he make sense for the Redskins?
Dan Graziano (12:18 PM)
I don't see how Doug Free makes sense for anyone in the NFL after the way he played the past two years.
say a team like the texans calls jerry and asks him about ware what does jerry say
Dan Graziano (12:20 PM)
Dan Graziano (12:21 PM)
Look, Ware is a Hall of Fame-level player who's still in his prime. When we talk about whether he can transition to a 4-3, the answer is almost certainly "yes." The concerns I raise are potential concerns, along the lines of "Well, if he can't do it, what would the reason be?" The odds still favor Ware as a major contributor for Dallas next year in the pass rush.
Is Parnell good enough to replace Free, Parnell did give up 5 sacks I believe.
Dan Graziano (12:21 PM)
"Good enough to replace Free," is not the same as "good enough to make the Cowboys' offensive line more viable." I think they need someone new in that spot, and it's not Parnell.
Why do you think the SB will have logistical issues next year? Im not arguing, just curious as someone who has lived in NJ my whole life, but has never been to a SB. I know you are an NJ resident as well.
Dan Graziano (12:24 PM)
The teams are staying in Jersey City. The media center, NFL Experience, etc. are in Manhattan. One team will practice in East Rutherford, the other in Florham Park. Media Day will be in Newark. The game in East Rutherford. These things are not all close to each other. The weather this time of year stinks. It's not about Super Bowl Sunday. It's about the whole week. It shouldn't be here.
John Mara (NY)
Dan, don't be so negative. If Jerry could make it work, Woody and I can.
Dan Graziano (12:29 PM)
The Super Bowl in Dallas was a disaster on every level, and because of one ice storm. Sure, this area handles snow and ice better than Dallas does. But why invite that mess to your big event? Why chance it? This whole thing is a favor from the league to Mara, who is its most powerful owner. Total money grab for him and Woody as part of their stadium deal. Anybody who tells you different is selling something you don't want to buy.
"These things are not all close to each other." All of the things you mentioned are within 20-25 miles of each other. I don't really see the issue.
Dan Graziano (12:31 PM)
My guess is that you've never covered a Super Bowl.
If not Parnell the who? FA or 2nd rd pick?
Dan Graziano (12:37 PM)
Why not a first-round pick?
Dan (MD) [via mobile]
What are the chances Jason Garret remains headcoach if his team has a better record than this year but still misses the playoffs?
Dan Graziano (12:38 PM)
Yes, i think Romo with a o-line can get it done for Dallas but is it likely that Dallas doesnt find another replacement for him and we have to get used to another X ammount of years without a decent qb?
Dan Graziano (12:40 PM)
I just don't think that ranks among their most imminent problems.
Is Anthony Spencer really the key to what the Cowboys do in the 1st round?
Dan Graziano (12:45 PM)
Well, he could be. If they lose him, I think 4-3 defensive end becomes a big priority for them. They seem to think Jason Hatcher could play out there, but then that would open up a hole at DT that they'd have to address at 18. If they keep Spencer, they have more flexibility and depth on their new 4-3 line and can address offensive line instead with that first-round pick. So yeah, it's possible.
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