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  1. Boys#1 95

    Boys#1 95 Active Member

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    By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
    OXNARD, Calif. -- Lance Dunbar isn’t nearly as big a name as Reggie Bush. The game? Scott Linehan certainly sees some similarities between the versatile scatbacks.

    That’s not to suggest that Linehan, the Dallas Cowboys' new playcaller, will feature Dunbar nearly as much as he did Bush with the Detroit Lions last season. But Linehan will use Dunbar, the change-of-pace back behind Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray, in a lot of the same ways as he did Bush.

    Which is to say the Cowboys plan to use Dunbar in a lot of different ways.

    “I’ll tell you what: The guy has a great knack for playing the running game position, but it’s also very natural for him to line up in multiple locations,” Linehan said. “You like to have one of those guys at running back that can maybe line up where a receiver is going to be, do those things, because you’re not advertising sending in all receivers.

    “Defenses figure it out pretty quick that you’re pretty limited in the run game when you do some of your schemes and don’t have a running back out there. We want to still do some of those things and I think he gives us a versatility of having him in there and run it, run the same plays we do with DeMarco in the game but also having that ability to put him in different places and be an asset for us in the passing game.”

    Read the rest: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4731248/dunbar-can-be-cowboys-bush-light

    Little guys scare me in the Nfl,,,Maybe he can channel his best Sproles,,,
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  2. Leadbelly

    Leadbelly Active Member

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    I think there's as much of a chance Dunbar gets cut or gets injured as there is of him having a substantial role. He's Schrödinger's RB.

    I am excited to see the RBs and OL vs SD. I've heard so much about our OL but I'd like to see them vs a front 7 that isn't as questionable as ours.
  3. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    I'm not going to get too excited about him until he actually does something. I like the thought of his potential, though.
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  4. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    If Dunbar stays healthy, and doesn't fumble the ball, I think he'll see significant snaps. Murray tends to wear down and will need someone else to contribute,,,
  5. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Like not fumbling at a crucial juncture of the game. He could have added a major feather in his hat if he had not fumbled against the Chiefs.
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  6. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Or falling down and hurting himself.
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  7. Proximo

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    Gets cut? Sorry, not seeing that as a possibility at all at this point. Who are they keeping at RB if they cut Dunbar?

    There's a better chance Williams or even Randle gets cut before Dunbar. It's clear the coaching staff thinks he has a unique skill set that adds versatility, which they're committed to taking advantage of, to at least a significant degree.

    The kid has already shown glimpses of his potential. It's there. We know it. He just needs to clean a few things up and be used properly, and he'll have a role.
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  8. erod

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    This is a completely different offense with a healthy Dunbar. We saw glimpses of that right before he blew his knee out.

    Dunbar is more dangerous in space than any player on the team. Dwayne Harris is second.
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  9. DallasEast

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  10. Proximo

    Proximo Well-Known Member

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    Dude I'm really excited to see this offense under the direction of Linehan. We were one of the best O's in the league last year with Callahan calling plays (most of the time), in an offense that he seemed out of place running. I expect more creativity and better use of personnel from Scott. He's not going to turn this offense upside down, but I think be can take it to the next level. We can be an elite offense this year.
  11. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    I see the Dunbar fumbling fairytale is still in full force.
  12. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Yep. I'd put the chances of him getting cut at about 0%. Injury is another matter.

    Fumbling issues aside--and those are huge--I'm not sure what people are waiting on in embracing this player. He can play in this league, at a fairly high level, if he can hold onto the ball.
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  13. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Dez might not quite agree with you on your ranking, but, yeah, those guys are really good in space.
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  14. Proximo

    Proximo Well-Known Member

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    Ha. Good point.
  15. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Harris has an incredible first step, and Dunbar is both shifty and immediately fast. Harris spins out of first hits repeatedly. I hope they get him more involved in the offense this year, too.

    Dez is more about brute strength, but he's got some quickness, too.
  16. Proximo

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    Agree with everything you've said in this thread, but I'm curious to see exactly how the touches are distributed on offense. Lots of folks want to see more touches by Cole, Dunbar, Williams, Murray, Escobar, even Dez. At whose expense though? I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see a similar amount of Harris on offense this year as we did last year, with him focussing on kick/punt returns and ST coverage (barring any injuries at WR). You're only going to get so many offensive snaps each week.
  17. jazzcat22

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    Linehan said they will have packages for both Dunbar and Harris, even if they aren't the primary targets, they will still be a part of the package, even if used as decoys now and then.
    He seemed pretty happy with them and the possibilities.
  18. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Not sure about that. Take a look at some of his returns when he got here early on. I'm specifically thinking of the one where he juked the kicker out of his shoes and they asked him about it after and he said "If I can't beat a kicker, I don't belong on the football field." Lol.
  19. erod

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    That's true, but it allows you to vary the gameplan from week to week. They're not a one-trick pony. That makes them difficult to prepare for.
  20. cowboyblue22

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    yeah we heard all this last year to he was either fumbling or hurt on the side lines so I will wait to see if he does any thing

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