Breath of fresh air
With all of the uncertainty and urgency that comes from an offseason folowing a dismal 6-10 year, I thought a nice breath of fresh air was in order. So enjoy.
QB- ? Okay, so we have some work to do here. So do half of the teams in the NFL. At least we have some potential youth that, while remaining unproven, hasn't failed yet either. And if either of them pan out, they will have come alot cheaper than the majority of the successful QBs currently playing.
RB- Julius Jones. This kid looks to be a real explosive playmaker. I am very pleased with his play thus far and only see him becoming better. Pro Bowl potential. Nice job, Bill. Lee has shown a real spark as well. We could use one more solid, thunder guy here but just to role play and spell Julius.
TE- Jason Witten. Best in the NFC? Maybe. Pro Bowler. Yes. And deservingly. Great hands, great character. Young and tough. Wouldn't trade him for any other TE in the league. Dan Campbell is extremely effective and a good leader as well. TE position looks good, real good.
WR- If you step back and look around the league. WE are actually sitting quite pretty here for the present. Glenn, Johnson, and Morgan. A very nice group of size, speed, experience and hands. While we could use a young playmaker here to begin preparing to step up in the future, things aren't so bad right now. Copper and Crayton look to have something to offer as well.
FB- No one at the FB position runs the ball as well as Richie Andersen. He is old but is still a terror in the spread offense and on 3rd down, teams must account for him. We could use a dominant blocker here to open holes for Julius but I like what I've heard about Lousaka Polite in terms of leadership and strength and have optimistic hopes for the future, here.
O-Line- I don't care... Flozell and Allen are beast on the left side. They may slip form time to time but overall these guys are solid and very experienced. In the center? Al Johnson. I see future Pro Bowler. Very solid. And Tyson Walter stepped up this year and played a solid role as well. As for the right side, it needs work. But we have a 2nd and 3rd rounder waiting in the wings to possibly step up. Could be good. May not be. But having 3 pieces of the 5 part puzzle is a strong foundation.
SS- Roy Williams. Feared among the league. Perrenial Pro Bolwer. Solid and deadly. Nuf said. Keith Davis... if he plays safety at all the way he plays Special Teams, we're straight. He was a star in NFL Europe and led the league in INTs. I see nothing but good things.
FS- Needs help. But Woodson just went down unexpectedly and our backup busted. It happens. It's only been one season. This will be a priority this offseason and I am confident we will fill the role with someone sufficient. Once we do, it will only improve the play of the entire secondary thus improving the entire defense. I can't help but enjoy the idea of Woody Dantzler contributing here as well.
CB- I'm just not as worried about this position as most are. We had a BAD, BAD year of injuries here. I just don't see Newman being a bust even he isn't a "lock down" guy. With Pete Hunter, Bruce Thornton, Lance Frazier and a guaranteed signing through free agency, I feel good about it. Someone will step up and with improved play from the safeties and the D-Line... we will be lovely.
LB- 3-4, 4-3, doesn't matter. We need LBs. We succeeded a number of years ago by using smaller, faster guys here and it worked. It also came cheap. No complaints. They played well but it's time to move on. We will use day one in the draft and probably free agency to make an immediate impact here so, once again, I'm not worried. We also have a number of good-looking, youthful potential here in James, Fowler, Shanle, K. Thornton, and McNeil.
D-Line- Needs some work but... La Roi Glover. In my mind, this is the best DT in the NFL... period. Put a big guy next to him and watch what happens. Put him as an end in a 3-4 and I guarantee the guy makes plays. He's diesel. Unstoppable. Ellis? Strong, solid DE. Bring in a pass rushing terror through FA or the draft and he too will thrive. This is just like the O-Line in that we have half of the puzzle already. We can only upgrade. Coleman, Carson, Obogu and even Wiley (should he stay put) can all contribute as well. Blade may return to form which is nothing but improvement as well.
Finally, Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones. Both stubborn to a fault but for one reason. They want to WIN and will settle for nothing less. Both very involved, highly informed and extremely respected throughout the league. Both will do what is necessary to compete and I think both are working harder and will produce more results this offseason than the last few. I look around the league and feel quite good about having both of these guys in my corner. Not to mention they have a built a team of high character athletes and I respect that. It will only improve. Here's to the Dallas Cowboys... the greates team in all professional sports.
Last edited by cowboygert : 02-16-2005 at 02:06 AM.