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Why not Dunbar on kickoff returns?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by gimmesix, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    With Harris out, I don't understand why Dallas isn't using Lance Dunbar on kickoff returns instead of Terrance Williams.

    Williams is more of a straight north-south runner while Dunbar shows the shiftiness to make moves to get through the coverage team while bursting upfield.

    Maybe Dallas is afraid of fumbling?
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  2. TTexasTT

    TTexasTT Well-Known Member

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    What gives you the idea that Williams is a "north and south" runner?
  3. StarBoyz83

    StarBoyz83 Well-Known Member

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    Good question. Id rather have dunbar back there also. Hes fast and less expendable as a player also.
  4. KLJ

    KLJ Member

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    i like the idea of getting the ball in williams hands as often as possible.
  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Special teams matters, we can throw anyone back there object is to actually have success. If Williams is back there I'm sure it has something to do with the fact coaches feel he can do the job better than Dunbar
  6. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I imagine it's the fumbling thing. Dunbar did it in a pinch last season, right?
  7. RXP

    RXP Well-Known Member

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    Dunbar has had fumbling issues in the past. That may be part of it.
  8. StarBoyz83

    StarBoyz83 Well-Known Member

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    i think Dunbar would be a successful for sure. I just kind of dont like risking our #2 wr. We need him on offense more.
  9. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Stick Miles back there and earn that paycheck! At least he should catch the ball more than once a game :eek:
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  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I understand but you put people in there to get the job done. You can't protect players he is a football player let him play. If Dunbar could do a better job then I would say put Dunbar back there but I would never want to see us put some slouch back there at the expense of the team because we want to protect a player.
  11. bark

    bark Well-Known Member

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    I've often thought of thisyself. Gotta be the fumbling issue
  12. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    For one thing, Garrett said it.

    For another, watching him run. He's not a quick-cut type of guy.
  13. TrailBlazer

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    He seems like the obvious choice to me. Maybe he can't catch kickoffs or punts. Fumbling issue as well. I'd like to see him get a shot back there.
  14. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Yes, which might mean Dallas has seen enough of him in that role to know it would rather have Williams.

    I just don't see it, though. Dunbar has increased his size/strength since last season and has the explosiveness and movement skills to be successful at it.

    I think Williams can only succeed at it if the blocking does a good job of giving him a lane.
  15. TTexasTT

    TTexasTT Well-Known Member

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    sadly, east and west yardage dont get you any closer to the endzone. Punt returners need one cut and then run.

    As far as the fumbling I dont know that I like Williams back there any more than Dunbar. Williams doesnt exactly have wonderful hands.
  16. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Oh, I have no problem with the north and south thing. I don't think Dunbar is a east-west dancer, either. I just think he has that quick-twitch ability to dodge the coverage and redirect his path through a new hole.

    I'm hoping Williams proves me wrong in believing that he'll just run into the coverage if it gets into his path.
  17. RXP

    RXP Well-Known Member

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    Whether it's Williams or Dunbar back there, I would bet that the instructions to him will be to take the touchback if the kickoff is in the end zone. I'm sure the coaching staff only trusts Harris to take the ball out from 7 yards in. And if Harris isn't available, you may as well start at the 20 yard line.
  18. TTexasTT

    TTexasTT Well-Known Member

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    lol agreed. Id be happy to see Harris back there so we have to choose the lesser of two evils. Not to say that neither will have success.... but you know.
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  20. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I'm sure they're afraid of how tiny he is, besides the fumbling.

    But as much as I like Williams as a WR, I don't like him returning kicks, either. He is a north-south guy, but he's not good running through traffic. In college he was relatively easy to bring down. That's another reason that screen to him in the redzone earlier in the year was so dumb.

    Fortunately, so many KOs are touchbacks now, it probably doesn't matter that much.

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