News: JJT: Shift in philosophy to not pursue older free agents the right call

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  1. WoodysGirl

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

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    By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

    IRVING, Texas -- Since NFL free agency began in March, the Dallas Cowboys have passed on tackles Tyson Clabo and Eric Winston. The same goes for safety Charles Woodson and linebacker Brian Urlacher.Hallelujah.
    Finally, someone at Valley Ranch gets it.

    You don't win in the NFL by signing over-the-hill faux stars, paying solid players like they're superstars or benching young athletes for dudes who are a notch or two above serviceable.

    Jerry Jones has always lived by this credo, so it's unlikely his philosophy has changed.

    And since Stephen Jones hasn't talked Jerry out of too many bad ideas lately, let's not give him any credit for this subtle shift in protocol.
    Give the credit to Jason Garrett, because it falls in line with the way he wants to build a football team.

    Read the rest: http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story...wboys-were-right-not-pursue-older-free-agents
  2. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    So JJT likes something the Cowboys are doing, it must be because of Garrett. When he hates something the Cowboys are doing, that's all Jerry.

    .. and the media wonders why fans look down on them so often ..

    /reality
  3. Dhragon

    Dhragon Deadly Claws of Death

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    I've been very critical of Garrett, but I do believe in his RKG approach, and this approach as well. If he can make some marked improvement as a HC during game time, I'll be okay with him coming back next year. We've already had to live and lose while he learned on the job. Might as well not waste that if he proves capable of growing with the job.
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    We are gambling that either Parnell or Free can do RT acceptably. Probably not a bad call at this time.

    And when looking at how we need to save Cap space for the future makes it more understandable.

    On the other hand the guard situation frankly looks worse. That is the place I would have liked to have brought in just ONE QUALITY FA GUARD.
  5. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I really don't take any stock in what JJT says, even if I agree with it, because he seems to be one of the least informed talking heads around.
  6. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Yup! This exactly.

    Even though I agree with the sentiments expressed by JJT here, you could also point to the Ravens, and what their 'old, pricey' lineman pickup did for the team.
  7. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    How many of our local mediots have a brain?

    Sturm seems to; Broaddus has been there and seems to have one. Outside of them?
  8. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    People can rail on JJT, and he is an idiot, but I've seen many baseless claims remarkably similar to this on here.
  9. FuzzyLumpkins

    FuzzyLumpkins The Boognish

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    I'll say it before and I will say it again. JJT is a lazy journalist.

    Stephen Jones in various interviews before, during, and after the draft answered tons of questions regarding the cap. One of the things he said repeatedly was that in today's salary cap era you have to play young players.

    I have seen JJT on the sidelines during training camp and hes typically knocking off on the phone or yucking it up with someone on the sideline. He seems ignorant to the game of football because he reads more like a gossip column than a sports editorial.

    In this particular instance though he was either too lazy to listen to the interviews, too incompetent to put 2 and 2 together, or he was intentionally misleading us such to get a rise out of someone.
  10. jobberone

    jobberone Let's go fishing Staff Member

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    If it creates debate then fine plus it's the off season so I read as much as I can get my hands on. PS: I like Archer as well.
  11. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    As a general rule, this is true because football is a young mans game but there are extenuating circumstances

    We have a older QB who basically has 2-3 years and we have dire needs on the ol where older players can be productive and such players were (and still are) out there

    I don't agree with not bringing in a vet OG and OT
    I don't want to waste another's year of romos career on a subpar OL when we can resolve it fairly readily and cheaply

    Rest, I can live with
  12. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Well, Jerry does tend to hold onto older/aging players too long. :(
  13. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    That would be fine and dandy if at least two of these three could actually start:
    Leary, Costa, and/or Kowalski...

    Oh I almost forgot Parnell over Free...
  14. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    When the costs are basically the same, the right call is to keep Doug Free and his horrid play because he's a couple years younger than a guy like Clabo who's played at a high level?
  15. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Read the article:
  16. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Our pro scouts obviously had the two guys rated similarly. I don't agree with the move, either, but I don't believe they thought Clabo was appreciably better than Free was.
  17. CowboysYanksLakers

    CowboysYanksLakers Well-Known Member

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    He says the Cowboys are more than just a few players away from contending for a championship this year... I don't necessarily agree with that statement.

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