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How do you see the lines shaking out next season?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by JPostSam, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. JPostSam

    JPostSam Well-Known Member

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    Outside of Tyron Smith and Phil Costa, I don't care for any of our offensive line starters. And we're thin at the reserves, too. But how many upgrades can we make to the O-line in one offseason?

    On the defensive line, I think we're all excited to see what Ware and Spencer (if he re-signs) can do at end. But who backs them up? And who plays inside, as tackles?

    If Ratliff and Brent are both gone, the only 300-pounders left on the defense are Hatcher, Lissemore, Callaway and Price. Of those, Hatcher is the only guy who has played well enough to earn a starter's role -- and who knows how well he would do, playing inside all the time?

    Tyrone Crawford is a high draft pick but, at 285, wouldn't you have to play him at end? If so, he's a back-up to Ware or Spencer. Ben Bass showed some flashes, but he's also 285. Same deal. And if those guys aren't backing up Ware and Spencer, then who are the back-up defensive ends?

    How do you see these lines shaking out season?
  2. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    LT - Smith/?
    LG - Draft Pick/Leary
    OC - Costa or Kowalski or Bernadeau (Draft pick as top backup)
    RG - Veteran Livings or Bernadeau or Brandon Moore (Jets)
    RT - Parnell/?

    SDE Crawford, Tyrone
    SDE Bass, Ben
    SDE Igbinosun, Ikponmwosa

    1-tech Ratliff, Jay
    1-tech Lissemore, Sean
    1-tech Callaway, Rob

    3-tech Hatcher, Jason
    3-tech Price, Brian

    WDE Ware, DeMarcus
    WDE/SDE Taylor, Monte

    Sofa Spears, Marcus
    RFA Schaefering, Brian
    Jail Brent, Josh

    WLB Carter
    MLB Lee
    SLB ? Maybe Ernie Sims

    ? DE/LB Albright, Alex
    ? DE/LB Wilber, Kyle
  3. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Rat's not going anywhere. Both Crawford and Bass can play either DT or the SDE. (Hatcher also) It will depend where Kiffin decides to put them and they will bulk up if necessary.
  4. JPostSam

    JPostSam Well-Known Member

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    so, ratliff stays and spencer walks.

    i can just imagine how that works out for us over the next few years.

    :(
  5. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    Despite what many believe, they can't afford Spencer. Last year Spencer wanted Ware-type money. He put forth the effort and had his best season. I expect his asking price has went up. Too much money for a player that has said he hasn't given an all-out effort at times IMO. They could sign him, but the money won't be there for players like Dez, Lee and others that will need to be resigned in the next couple of years.

    You make a good point about Rat. He is overpayed and he is nothing more than a shell of his former self.
  6. BHendri5

    BHendri5 Well-Known Member

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    I said this last offseason, and I'm saying it again, I really and truly believe we have a very good offensive line already on the roster. Injuries kicked our butts last offseason, OTAs, training camp and it carried thru the season.

    I'm betting that we have shook the injury bug, and that our OL will come together with what we already have on the roster, maybe we add an FA or Draftee, but I believe we have a very good OL already on the roster, and some good reserves.

    This season past season will be looked back on as the begining, and beat writers will point to different things during this past season as positives, that built the OL we will have.
  7. Frozen700

    Frozen700 Well-Known Member

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    There may be improvement but people will still complain and compare us to other teams....
  8. EGG

    EGG Well-Known Member

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    ya lost me at Phil Costa...

    other than Tyron and maybe one of the guards they should get all new starters.
  9. JPostSam

    JPostSam Well-Known Member

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    that was really mostly the team's stated enthusiasm over his potential and play when healthy. it just seems that they're sticking with him, so i assumed he'd be there next season.
  10. theranchsucks

    theranchsucks Benched

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    YIKES......Since you put it this way, that looks scary to figure out.
  11. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    wow you really are out there thinking the jags we have on the O line can do that
  12. HoustonFrog

    HoustonFrog Well-Known Member

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    This is what I want to shape up line. From Evan Silva @evansilva on Twitter
  13. DBOY3141

    DBOY3141 Well-Known Member

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    OL - Smith/Livings/Costa/Berny/Parnell - top back-up, second round pick - Barrett Jones

    DL - Ware/Ratliff/Hatcher/Crawford - top back-up , first round pick - Sylvester Williams

    don't think either rookie starts the year
  14. Dallas Cowboys

    Dallas Cowboys Active Member

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    I say we patch it together with a few more scrubs this season and keep Romo on the run until he gets plastered in the backfield with another injury. Why break with tradition?

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