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News: DC: Spagnola: Tight Ends Becoming A Royal Pain

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  1. NewsBot

    NewsBot New Member

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    IRVING, Texas – Let us petition the cliché czar for a slight amendment to one of those verbal crutches used time and again in the game of football:
    You can never have enough corners.

    Because when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys after the first five games of this 2013 season we need to expand the breadth of this expression to …

    You can never have enough defensive backs … on the field.


    Adhering to this amended truism might be just what the Cowboys need if they are going to save themselves from themselves in this ever-evolving video-game world of the NFL, where the tight end is more than just some lumbering dude with trusty enough hands to catch you a bunch of five-yard passes, and the running back is more than a guy who simply totes the mail.

    He now dabbles in air mail, too.

    The amending evidence has been unquestionably provided in the past two games by opponents combining to score 81 points – 68 of those in the last six quarters – and total an ungodly 1,023 yards and 61 first downs in consecutive wins over the humbled 2-3 Cowboys, a team incredibly still clinging to a share of first place in the NFC Least nearly a third of the way through the season.

    Now, an objecting view might suggest a combination of savvy quarterbacks, San Diego’s Philip Rivers and Denver’s Peyton Manning, along with new-age hybrid tight ends, the Chargers’ Antonio Gates and Denver’s Julius Thomas, have taken a significant toll. That these last two games provide but a unique set of circumstances bombarding a suddenly reeling Cowboys defense.

    Why, the tight ends in the past two games have become royal pains, combining for 20 receptions, 265 receiving yards and three touchdowns, Gates and Thomas for all but one of those catches for just seven of those yards. That’s glaring, especially since both tight ends were their team’s leading receivers in each of those games, and so was Giants tight end Brandon Myers in the season opener, leading with seven catches that went for 65 yards and accounting for that fourth tight end touchdown against the Cowboys.

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  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Good article...

    Obviously with opposing offenses going with 3-wides and the hurry-up, the 4-2-5 is not the answer. The Cowboys simply aren't matching up well enough.
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  3. xwalker

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    I noticed that in the 4th quarter Bruce Carter was in man-coverage on the TE and prevented him from having any chance to catch the ball. I think the Cowboys can cover TEs in man but zone is where the problems occur.
  4. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    It would help if Cowboys would actually field a dime defense when opposing teams spread the field with 3 or more receivers.
  5. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    If there are 4 WRs and a TE, then yes the dime would be good; however, with just 3 WRs, 1 TE and 1 RB, they will get gashed by the run when playing the nickel.

    In the Denver game they were getting killed by passes to the RB out of the backfield due to the coverage scheme. The RB was not beating anybody physically like the RB did in the SD game, he was just open because all of the coverage players were 10+ yards down-field. There were plays where Lee had the RB in man coverage and Carter had the TE in man coverage which were successful for the Cowboys but that was in the 4th quarter.
  6. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    TEs have averaged over 100 yards the last 2 games. Cowboys LBs, and even their nickel package, has been completely ineffective covering TEs and RBs. And neither the Chargers or the Broncos were a real run threat any event so fear of being gashed by the run is a poor excuse.
  7. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Nightmares. Every night.
  8. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    At this point I'll take "Gashed by the Run" for $400, Alex.
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  9. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    We changed the defense to stop the read option and unproven QBS and got exposed by proven QBs....
  10. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    I think yoiu need to learn the history of the Kiffin and Marinelli's system and try again. It was not designed to stop an option attack. It was designed to deal with a WC system a la Brown and his disciples.
  11. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    Do you remember the comments of Kiffin regarding Seattle's defense and the Cowboys playing like them... Whose talking about the whole history of it?
  12. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    The two concepts certainly can go hand in hand. That still does not mean that saying our defense is 'designed to stop the read option' is a fair description. You are speaking of intent though. Sure he said he would use what Seattle does to stop what works for SF but that is hardly the scope of the defense. The defense is not a one trick pony like you are saying. presenting.
  13. TwentyOne

    TwentyOne Well-Known Member

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    Is this Spagnola guys still writing ?
    Why can't he just disapear instead of wasting expensive harddisk space ?

    Please do yourself a favor and get a job where you good at.
  14. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    Did I really mean that is the only thing we went to that defense for, to stop the read option? It was kind of a sarcastic comment....
  15. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    He waiting for the remake of The Wizard of Oz because the only job he would be good at is playing a munchkin.

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