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Vela: Parcellology

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Angus, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Parcellsology
    By Rafael Vela

    Just listened to Bill’s mid-day presser and three things stand out.

    – He gave a guardedly optimistic assessment of rookie FS Pat Watkins. As regular Parcells listeners know, he likes to razz reporters who give a player premature praise. “Let’s not put him in Canton yet,” is a favored Parcells comeback. So it’s a bit surprising to hear him say of Watkins, “he has a chance to be a good player. I don’t want to say too much … but he’s got a chance.” He later admitted that veteran Marcus Coleman was getting reps at CB because they didn’t want to deprive Watkins of any reps at FS.
    It sounds to me like Watkins had a good practice and the coaches are crossing their fingers hoping he shows consistency in upcoming workouts. It’s far too early to gush over the guy but this guarded level of optimism is more than I expected. We’ll know a lot more next week. Rookies are wild. A sloppy practice tomorrow and this story goes poof.

    – Parcells didn’t express too much concern about the o-line yet, saying the defense traditionally gels ahead of the offense, unless a team has a bad defense. I don’t think Dallas has a bad defense. On the subject of centers, Parcells seemed equally non-plussed by the center comparison DonnyPosner and others made yesterday, though his comments seemed to confirm that Donny’s view was on the mark. Parcells said Andre Gurode was more effective against big NTs than Al Johnson but felt Johnson was more effective against four-man fronts and in space. We’ll see.

    – Lastly, Parcells reiterated that QB Tony Romo will play a lot this summer, because he felt Romo was finally ready. He used a boxer analogy, saying throwing Romo or Drew Henson into the ring before they could handle a tough fight could have wrecked their careers. When pressed, he said Romo was a “gunslinger” type out of college who played hunches and took too many chances earlier in his career. This suggests the coaches felt Romo would have forced the issue, generated lots of turnovers and possibly lost his confidence. It seems Romo has demonstrated enough mental discipline for the staff to finally trust him. Whether he succeeds for fails, Romo has benefitted from what we might call and “old school” QB philosophy. Look at every QB in the Landry-era; Don Meredith, Craig Morton, Roger Staubach, Danny White and Gary Hogeboom all carried the clipboard for three years or so before they were given the reins. That was standard operating procedure for almost all QBs of that time, unless you played for a bad organization that lacked patience. Today, most young QBs don’t get time to develop. We should know in a month if the extra time paid off.
  2. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Translation: Gurode is great when he has a guy directly in front of him. Otherwise he has no clue about who to block.
  3. jcblanco22

    jcblanco22 Active Member

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    Great point by Vela. The last guy I can recall getting that benefit that we've gone on to see develop is Steve McNair. I believe he backed up Chandler for 2 full seasons if I'm not mistaken.

    We'll see how another guy who's gotten what has become a very rare benefit nowadays, Philip Rivers, does this year.
  4. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    There were some of us that pegged Wakins the day he was drafted-- a guy that had legit 2nd round talent as a FS.

    It's too bad many of the morons that do the talent evaluations for NFL teams simply looked at the guy and said "Too tall for a FS" instead of seeing him as maybe being a very unique body type.

    And then several on this board fell into the same trap.

    I'm sure we'll start getting some of the "nay-sayers" to prop some of us for getting it right. :)
  5. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Hopefully Watkins will turn out to be the one thing I was right about in this draft.
  6. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    We're those the same ones claiming Shawne Merriman was the next Mike Mamula?
  7. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I thought that was "Mammy" Lawson.
  8. lspain1

    lspain1 Active Member

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    I'm not a nay sayer Michael but the "sloppy practice tomorrow and this story goes poof" was in there somewhere. I think I'll wait before I put him in Canton.;)
  9. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I think there's still time. ;)
  10. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Hey, I agree with you.

    I just wanted to stir up some dust on a Monday night. ;)
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    "Mammy"

    LOL!
  12. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    Chad Pennington.
  13. sago1

    sago1 Active Member

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    I'm thrilled that Watkins has already attracted the coaching staff's notice only 2-3 days into TC. The fact that they limiting Coleman to CB reps so that Watkins continues to get his reps seconds what many of us on this board thought of him. I just didn't expect him to attract attention this early. And we "stole" him in the 5th round to my way of thinking.

    Watkins has a lot to turn but he's a smart kid who seems to have the talent we need at FS. In the meantime, he's an excellent ST player so will make his mark there while developing his FS skills & grasping finer points of playing that position in the NFL. He probably won't be the starter this year, but his pass coverage skills might force Cowboys to platoon him with Davis as the season progresses. Next year after spending offseason in our weight conditioning program, he hopefully should make his big push to become our FS starter for the next 10 years.

    Keep your fingers crossed that everything works out for him & for our secondary; Roy Williams may sooner rather then later be able to consistently play up at the LOS where he's most effective.
  14. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    And Winicki, exhibiting a lanky arm of his own, pats himself neatly on the back.
  15. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    LOL!!!!


    Well said young man! Well said!
  16. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Relevant? Wonder who had that idea?
  17. Hiero

    Hiero New Member

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    I really loved Watkins before the draft, I thought for sure he was a first day guy, and I think he could be the steal of our draft in the 5th rd.

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