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News: FWST: Spears says he understands role now that he's not a starter

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Defensive end Marcus Spears said he has accepted the idea that he’s not a starter.

    “I’ve been a starter for six years in the league. This year I’m not,” he said.

    Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Friday that Hatcher has earned the starting spot.

    “You’ve just got to step up in your role,” Spears said. “I have a different role now. ... When my number is called, you’ve got to go in the game and try to contribute and do what you can do.

    Read more: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.co...erstands-role-now-that-hes-not-a-starter.html
  2. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    Spears knows he got 1st round money and hasn't performed at a spectacular level. He also just got a decent new contract. You can tell he's a pretty smart guy when he interviews, so I'm sure he's doing well with his money. He likes being a Cowboy, and he's still going to see the field a lot in the rotation.

    Spears is not a flashy guy, but to go out and play last year being paid less than his backups and not say anything, and then to go out and play this year and not make a fuss about starting or what not just shows that he's the kind of guy you want in your d-line rotation.
  3. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Spears is as classy as they come, I'm glad we resigned the guy.
  4. PoetTree

    PoetTree Active Member

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    Um, I thought Spears was starting on the left and Hatcher on the right? Who is our other starting end??
  5. Cowboys22

    Cowboys22 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone else noticed that Hatcher has more than doubled the production of Bowen throught the first two games?
  6. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    Hatcher and Coleman are the starters.
  7. Stautner

    Stautner New Member

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    I think that has more to do with the scheme and Ryan's attack mode defense. Not saying Hatcher isn't a good player and doing well, but when Hatcher and Bowen were in the same scheme Hatcher was not the more productive player.
  8. newnationcb

    newnationcb Well-Known Member

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    But he always showed similar potential as a pass rusher and was a better run stopper (Wade Philips explicitly stated this himself).

    I always wondered why people didn't see that in him.
  9. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Translation: no free meal tickets under Garrett. :)

    JIGGYFLY Well-Known Member

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    So Hatcher should get the same accolades because he is getting paid less than his backup this year, right?
  11. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Spears is one of my favorite Cowboys because he's a class act and a true professional.
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    That's it right there.

    Under Wade, a starter would have to fall dead on the field in order to be moved out of the starter's spot.
  13. Joshmvii

    Joshmvii Cowboys baby!

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    Hatcher got a decent new 3 year deal before the season. If he keeps getting sacks and turns into some sort of monster DE in this defense, maybe he'll get a new one. :)
  14. Dough Boy

    Dough Boy Seldom Seen

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    I'm still on the Spears bandwagon with you. Unlike most fans, I'm not going to knock Spears in order to say that Hatch is playing @ a higher level this year. I liked Hatch a lot coming out of Grambling. Its a small school, plus Hatch was always hurt; I think he is finally coming into the player Parcells thought he could be. I'm glad we resigned him. He can be a playmaker on the DL.

    That being said, I still like Spears. True professional.
  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Same here, I like both guys and expect both to make plays when they are in the game. Hatcher went out and won the starting role but with the way defense rotate in and out of the game Spears remains an important part of this defense.
  16. TheFinisher

    TheFinisher Well-Known Member

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    Just wish we understood his role before handing him that new contract.
  17. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    His new contract is not that big 5 years 19 mill. Not sure you would do much better bring in another player in FA without paying the same if not more
  18. Stautner

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    I disagree thatt he showed similar potential as a pass rusher. I thought they had similar athletic traits, and Bowen and Hatcher were both guys that came into the game in passing situations in place of their run stuffing counterparts (Spears and Olshansky), but Bowen was regularly seen flushing QB's from the pocket and getting hits on QB's, and Hatcher clearly wasn't as successful in that regard.

    Hatcher has found a defense that suits him. I suspect it would also have suited Bowen. Regardless, you can't compare Hatcher in this defense to Bowen in last years defense. Simply not a fair comparison.

    JIGGYFLY Well-Known Member

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    His contract is very big for a backup DE Its more than what the other 2 starters are getting combined.

    We did just that, brought in better players and paid less money in Coleman and Hatcher.

    The bottom line is Spears is overpayed and should be asked to restructure or get cut this offseason.
  20. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    He just landed a contract extension with starter's money, I would hope that the team's assessment of him as the starter is correct and that he would work his butt off to get back out there, not coast and "accept his role".

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