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The final coat of wax on a Top 5 offense

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by erod, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    And with that, you can instantly prop this Cowboys offense up into the top 3 or 4 in the league. Easy.

    Yesterday put a masterful touch on an offseason that, by and large, has been nothing short of brilliant. Holes remain, as they do in 32 NFL cities today, but the light shining through the cracks is significantly more faint than that battered carcas of a wayward roster that left Fedex in the finale last season.

    Jerry and Jason gave it one more coat of wax with a new old guard.

    The critics of Brian Waters ring empty. Yes, he's 36. No, he didn't play last season. True, for typical NFL players, that is not the preferred recipe for a fix on the offensive line.

    Waters, however, is not typical.

    This is no idiotic Neanderthal like Terrell Owens, who couldn't make a third-grade calculation of a property tax and impregnated have the women he looked at. This is not a desperate former athlete who partied away his Benjamins on a fleet of depreciating sports cars or a needy cast of loser friends and family.

    Waters took care of his money. He's never been seriously hurt. He doesn't NEED to play football. But he very much wants to play by all local accounts, under certain conditions. And you needn't question the integrity of his past 18 months. This former NFL Man of the Year, an award Jason Witten received last year, won't come in here and slop around. He's already pretty fit, just needs to learn the playbook and settle in.

    His demands were simple, but just a touch too steep for Dallas. Finally, the stared-down ended.

    The six-time pro bowler wanted (1) to be paid like a six-time pro-bowler, (2) a two-year deal, and (3) to avoid training camp like the plague. That would have been doable for a whole host of teams looking for his considerable ability, except for a fourth requirement, that ultimately took a bit of his leverage away from him. He only wanted to play for the Cowboys, which is why he refused to go back to New England even though Belichick wouldn't grant him his release.

    So Waters gave in on the term, and the Cowboys paid him his worth. Training camp ended. Done deal. A 30-minute commute from Denton to Valley Ranch was all that remained.

    Make no mistake, Waters knows the potential of this team. He's heard all about Travis Frederick and Ron Leary. He lives here. He went to high school here. He's been a Cowboys fan his whole life, and he's wanted to player here since the Cowboys cut him as a free agent tight end his rookie year.

    Simply put, this is the best guard we've had here since Larry Allen. In fact, Waters is very much like Allen in his nasty, crusty, and physical style. He beats up the players he faces. They do not like to play against him, said Marc Columbo yesterday, beaming over the signing. This is no finesse guy like Kyle Kosier or Mackenzy Bernadeau. This is one tough dude.

    In 2011, he ranked 4th in offensive guards, as well as #1 overall in pass protection, en route to another pro bowl and his first Super Bowl. More importantly - VASTLY more importantly - imagine the impact he can have on Leary and Frederick along the newly built interior of this offensive line.

    Which brings me full circle back to this offseason.

    I'm hard on Jerry. Simply don't like a lot of what the man is about, but that's not at issue here. There was pretty clearly a collective meeting of the minds, and a tactically coherent plan was put together that has obviously allowed for contingencies of all sorts. Patience has been exercised, and every rock looks to be flipped on its backside.

    The healthy returns of Spencer and Ratliff would crown this overhaul, but already, this ain't just a lipsticked pig anymore. This roster, this new structure of coaching, this season as a whole...they have a direction sorely lacked around here in such a long time.

    And if that line stays healthy, this offense is going to hum like the Ferrari that Waters never bought.
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  2. Staubacher

    Staubacher Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff on Waters but classless comments about Owens. No need to go that far regardless of what one thinks of TO
  3. stardeep

    stardeep Fading Into Abstraction

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    I enjoy your posts but hope you'll ditch the personal attacks on people.
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  4. BEMYDADJERRY

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    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! that was an enjoyable read......even the T.O comments....
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  5. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Just calling it like it is and confronting the critics who thought he should play for cheap because of his age like most pro athletes do in the end. And I'll never forgive TO for tearing apart our locker room, nor Jerry for signing the guy that acted like a classless punk in our stadium. I'm rather enjoying his "life after football."

    Waters is the antithesis of TO. He will help this team immensely.
  6. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I think it is fine for you to bash T.O. if that is what you want to do. I'll hold off the politically correct police off of you so you can git 'er dun. :)
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  7. Bungarian

    Bungarian Butt Monkey Zone Supporter

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    I hope you are right
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  8. stardeep

    stardeep Fading Into Abstraction

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    This is unbecoming. You're better than that, Erod.
  9. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    OK, I'll give you the Cliff notes.

    Waters good. Offense better. We win football.
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  10. Bungarian

    Bungarian Butt Monkey Zone Supporter

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    I did go back and read it and like I said I hope you are right. What matters is what shape Waters is in. If he sat on the couch and ate chips for a year it will take him a long time to get back.
  11. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Well, I apologize for any offense. Just can't stand the me-me-me-me types. A little of it is healthy, but he's obnoxiously over the top. To whom much is given, much is expected. Dez got the message, and look at him now. TO still thinks the world owes him something.

    But this thread isn't about that. Back to Waters, please.
  12. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Word is, he's worked out and he's basically the same weight he played the Super Bowl. Now it's about cramming for the playbook test.
  13. AmberBeer

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    Great pickup by the Cowboys. And TO was a cancer that needed to go. He hurt this team in many ways.
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  14. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    By the way, don't be completely shocked if he actually plays Sunday night. I'm not expecting it, but he did it in New England on short notice.

    All depends on their confidence going into the game. They might feel they can whip the Giants without him.
  15. EGG

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    Don't apologize, seems like our culture is brimming with people wanting to be offended so they can try to dictate what you can or can't say, I'm sick of them.

    I too have been very hard on Jerry, especially regarding the annual half-hearted stabs at getting the OL fixed and then limping through another season, but I can't complain about that any more. Whether it all adds up to a nice playoff run or more is yet to be determined, but at least this time it will not be because of a marginalization of the OL. All hail Jerry! :)
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  16. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Can he play DT? That's where they'll need the most help. :D
  17. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I'm not really a fan of the idea of forcing people to be "politically correct". It is pretty much censorship of thought. Unpopular speech has its place, and it is often truthful speech that talks about the elephant in the room that everyone else is afraid to talk about. Repression of speech has evolved to the point that the voice of the vocal fringe minority now has a greater voice than the mainstream. So speak your peace, every time as far as I am concerned.
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  18. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. It was a fair criticism as it pulled the attention off the main subject. I just wanted to build the dichotomy of Waters versus the typical hanger-on type of veteran.

    TO just gets me riled up a bit. LOL
  19. jday

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    I'm not sure I have your confidence, but I do agree Waters very well may be the signing that put the Cowboys over the edge. Considering that he and Durant will be the only FA acquisitions from this offseason starting, I'd be willing to predict he will be considered the best signing of the offseason for our Cowboys.
  20. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Good read, lol poor ME-O.....

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