Bobby Carpenter Likes Opportunity Presented in Trade to St. Louis

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  1. Boyzmamacita

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    Carpenter Likes Opportunity Presented in Trade to St. Louis

    By Steve Wilmoth
    June 26, 2010

    ELIZABETHTON – Bobby Carpenter joined the Dallas Cowboys in time for the 2006 season. The first-round draft pick and 18th overall selection that year out of Ohio State struck up an immediate friendship with tight end Jason Witten – one that’s routinely brought Carpenter to Elizabethton the past several years to help with Witten’s annual football camp.

    “It’s a pleasure to be here and help Jason again with his camp,” said Carpenter while signing footballs, jerseys and pictures for camp-goers. “It’s another great turn out this year.”

    Carpenter was indeed back on Dave Rider Field Saturday but no longer as a Witten teammate. After four years in Dallas, Carpenter was traded on May 10 to the St. Louis Rams for offensive tackle Alex Barron.

    “It’s tough to leave on a personal level with a lot of great friends and lot of great players in Dallas, but the defensive opportunity will probably be better for me up there,” explained Carpenter. “I’m excited to go and make the most of it.”

    Carpenter will play under first-year head coach Steve Spagnuolo, the architect of the New York Giants defense that shut down the undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super LXII and first-year defensive coordinator Ken Flajole, the former Carolina Panther linebacker coach.

    Witten said it was tough to see his friend leave the Cowboys, but says the new defensive philosophy in St. Louis may be a better fit. Carpenter recorded 96 tackles in the 3-4 Dallas defense in four seasons.

    “The trade, that’s part of the business, you understand that,” said Witten. “I think being in a 4-3 might be a better fit for him [Carpenter] and be a better opportunity for him to go to.”

    Carpenter said the trade that sent him from Dallas won’t keep him from Elizabethton.

    “The kids love it here,” added Carpenter. “They are so passionate and so excited. Their youthful exuberance is something that really brings your energy level up when you see them out here.”
  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    LOL! Like he has a choice. Wait till the lambs figure out he is as physical as their towel boy.
  3. NextGenBoys

    NextGenBoys Well-Known Member

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    Or watch Bobby be a productive Will in the Rams 4-3 system.
  4. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    Its like you get off on the idea of the guy failing. I never understand fans like you.
  5. Rampage

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    should he be rooting for him to succeed in St. Louis after the fact that he didn't do **** as a Cowboy?
  6. DaBoys4Life

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    who cares about him...
  7. JackMagist

    JackMagist The Great Communicator

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    This scheme was a bad fit for Carp and that made him a bad draft choice for us (Thanks Bill :rolleyes: ). It will be interesting to see if he actually does better up there or if all his detractors are right and he simply doesn't have it. I think he must have had something for us to hang on to him for 4 years.

    What puzzles me is why we didn't trade him to Miami when we had the chance. BP still wanted him when he traded for the Jersey guy TE (his name escapes me).
  8. hornitosmonster

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    Barbie will be playing for a bottom dweller and the Cowboys will be playing for a superbowl. Enjoy your new opportunity Barbie
  9. ninja

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    The hatred should be directed at Parcells for drafting Carp in the 1st rd. In hindsight, Carp wasn't even worth a 5th rd pick.
  10. big dog cowboy

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  11. UnoDallas

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    yep Bill should have drafted Mangold
  12. ThreeSportStar80

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  13. Hoofbite

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    Carp a bad fit?

    I'd like to know what LB that shies away from contact is a good fit for any team.
  14. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    I think it's hilarious that people here are Bobby Carpenter apologists after he did absolutely nothing in the way of physicality or athleticism on this team for the better part of 3 to 4 years.
  15. DFWJC

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    Have to say this is the more likely scenario.
    Good for him, but I'm happy the Boys moved on as well.
  16. jobberone

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    He will be a better weak side 4-3 LB than he ever was a LB in our system. He still needs better instincts, angles, and shedding blockers to make it at the next level. He has the quickness and speed to play. He just needs to be tougher. I don't know he has that in him but I don't rule it out. He deserves a chance.
  17. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    Bobby has played on special teams every year and recorded 45 special teams tackles. He also performed fine in the nickle last season. You can't play special teams in the NFL and not be "physical enough". His issue was his ability to shed the bigger blockers in the base 3-4 defense and still "read and react" efficiently. He was at his best at Ohio State when he was covered up and allowed to flow to the ball and make plays in the 4-3 defense. The weak-side LB role is simply a more natural fit for his talents.

    I doubt he will be an all-pro at St. Louis, but this was a square peg in a round hole scenario from the beginning and his failure here is more an indictment of the talent evaluators at Valley Ranch than it is his desire or his work ethic. The guy can play football at the NFL level.
  18. Doomsday101

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    I never had hard feelings towards Carpenter. I hope the best for him in St. Louis and hope he can get his career on track playing along side some other OSU LB
  19. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    Well put. The guy never whined or complained while he was in Dallas. I hope he does well with the Rams. I also hope that Barron also thrives in his new environment.
  20. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Incredible. You should all apply the exact same train of thought to Roy Williams or Ken Hamlin, both of which have never complained or are complaining while in Dallas.

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