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News: Despite Spencer, OLB Still a Draft Priority

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by realtick, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    They're keeping Anthony Spencer on board with a guaranteed $8.8 million this year via the franchise tag, but that doesn't mean the Cowboys feel they're set at outside linebacker.

    It's been said plenty of times - plenty of times - that Spencer's six-sack production doesn't justify such a large raise or a long-term deal, but the Cowboys believe he brings a lot of other much-needed attributes to the defense. Still, they know the pass rush must improve opposite DeMarcus Ware.

    The thought is Spencer would have more impact if he had few other responsibilities but to rush the passer, similiar to Ware. Likewise, owner and GM Jerry Jones thinks backup Victor Butler could be effective with more opportunities.

    But having those two on campus won't stop the team from upgrading its edge rush this April.

    "Let's say that you drafted a war horse as a pass rusher specifically, got the best one in the draft," Jones said. "You would play him differently than we played Spencer last year.

    "We don't need to be cavalier about passing on a significant pass-rusher in a draft. That would draw us up right there and make us think twice, even with Spencer."

    read more: http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/j...&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest
  2. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    I still think we take a guy whose only job will be to rush the Quarterback. Much like Aldon was used in San Fran this season.
  3. realtick

    realtick Benched

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    I think that's what the article is stating too.
  4. gmoney112

    gmoney112 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it was a decent read and I've had the same opinion. If you're in a position to get a guy who may not be the best SOLB but can get to the quarterback you take him. Signing Spencer to a long term deal and using him as a 2 down SOLB while drafting a pure pass rusher for those 3rd and longs would be the best approach imo.
  5. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I think the best approach would be to get a 3 down pass rusher. But they still aren't going to be used like Ware. However a better pass rusher can be used in many ways. One way is to flip Ware to the strong side occasionally and let the usual SOLB play the WOLB role. Or lining up as an ILB and rushing. Or playing a 2-5 front.
  6. SilverStarCowboy

    SilverStarCowboy The Actualist

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    With Ware, Spencer and Carter it's hard to see Dallas taking a DE or OLB.

    Could be some posturing by Jerrah. Maybe he is looking to trade down again.

    Been awhile since we traded up trying to catch lighting in a bottle.
  7. cowboysooner

    cowboysooner Well-Known Member

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    None of those guys are defensive ends and Carter will play inside linebacker.
  8. jjktkk

    jjktkk Well-Known Member

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    The Cowboys have flipped Ware and Spencer quite often in recent seasons.
  9. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Depends if they see Spencer as a short term solution if that is the case then much like we did with Ellis we bring in a draft pick and release Spencer after the season. We franchise Spencer because there are few options maybe this draft they bring in another option to turn to
  10. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Some of those are to align the SOLB on the proper side.

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