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News: DMN: Sturm's Cowboys analysis: Respected leader Marcus Spears likely walks

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    By BOB STURM
    Special Contributor to SportsDayDFW.com
    Published 01 March 2011 10:01 AM
    Related items The Ticket's Bob Sturm offers his deep analysis of each Dallas Cowboys player.

    MARCUS SPEARS
    Position: Defensive End

    Size: 6'4, 315

    Age: 28, 3/8/83

    College: LSU
    Drafted: Round 1, Pick 20, 2005

    2011 Analysis: If Spears would have been a 4th Round pick, chances are we would view his career with the Cowboys much differently. He is a very big voice in the locker-room and a respected team leader. However, he was a highly-compensated 1st Round pick where upside and big plays were promised - and yet, seldom delivered. In the end, it appears that the Cowboys will be fine with letting him walk away and attempt to find someone much more dynamic to take his spot. The defensive line has very little sizzle aside from Jay Ratliff, and it is important in this DL-heavy draft that the Cowboys figure out how to find players who cause much more stress on their opponents along that defensive front.

    Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/da...spected-leader-marcus-spears-likely-walks.ece
  2. garyv

    garyv Active Member

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    Destruction from our DL than Spears has ever delivered.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    The guy has 8 career sacks. Even for a 3-4 DE... That's putrid.
  4. NextGenBoys

    NextGenBoys Well-Known Member

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    But he was very good against the run.

    That being said, we can find players who can do better.
  5. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Is this really a surprise? Spears was a great locker room presence but his on field play was one dimensional at best. Why would Jerry pay big money (or even small) for that? Only his die hard fans could not see the writing clearly on the wall.
  6. bbailey423

    bbailey423 Well-Known Member

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    to think he came in with Canty and Ratliff. Canty a 4th rounder. Ratliff a 7th rounder. I know it happens all the time in the NFL...but how do you MISS that badly? And to think, the rumor was Parcells wanted him at #9...NOT DeMarcus Ware....who would have NEVER been there at #20...to think Spears "slipped" to #20...when Parcells wanted him at #9....looks like SEVERAL teams did not view him as a top 10 pick!
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    he was considered the Best pure 3-4 DE in that draft by virtually all the scouts. we were going to the 3-4 and outside of Ellis we had NO one to play DE. It was thought to be the right pick. Spears looked a lot better at LSU then he ever did in the pros. That is the way it goes sometimes.
  8. dfense

    dfense Well-Known Member

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    Looking back at Parcell's picks, the only time he would "hit" is when he basically fell in it.
  9. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    I've always thought he looked too fat once he got to Dallas.
  10. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    regardless of his play, and how things have gone for him in Dallas, I find it ridiculous that people on twitter were bashing him. He does great things for the community and has been about his situation
  11. fortdick

    fortdick Well-Known Member

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    I think that this almost assures that the #9 pick will be a DE. CB, OT, SS, all those will have to be addressed later.
  12. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    I kind of wonder what kind of career Spears could have had if they'd got him down to 280 and played him as a traditional 4-3 LDE.

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