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Why Terrell McClain Will Start For The Dallas Cowboys In 2014

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Nirvana, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    You said he also played DT in the nickel also though - I'm assuming that's a decent amount of the 182 snaps he got. I have a hard time believing this guy is a good pass rusher.
  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Me too...
  3. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    Going back to 2011 (2012 he had a trivial 21 snaps with zero pressure) McClain had 481 snaps, 1 QB sack, 2 QB hits and 9 QB hurries. That was at the 3 tech.
  4. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Broaddus has said that he's very active in both the run and the pass. Would that fit with what you saw or is that overstating what he can do in the pass rush?
  5. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Maybe 10% as a nickel DT. The significance of him playing some snaps in the nickel is that NTs usually go out of the game in the nickel.

    I'm not sure how anybody judges a player without watching the game footage.

    Marinelli prefers a 1-tech that has better pass rush ability than what some other teams look for in a 1-tech; however, the 3-tech is still the primary pass rushing position. The 1-tech is not going to rack up much in pass rush stats even in Marinelli's defense.
  6. dboyz

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    xwalker: I watched some film of him in Houston and agree with your analysis. Looks like he has some ability to get upfield. I think he could probably be ok as a rotation guy who doesn't play more than 50% of the time.
  7. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    And that's a comfortable lead in sacks over Hayden who had 800+ snaps last year.

    No, McClain isn't going to be a #3 technique on this club.

    I do think a #3 will be drafted early in the draft... Or maybe a guy who can play the #3 and the #1.

    Maybe someone like William Sutton.
  8. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I would agree with that. I think the key will be not playing him too many snaps per game.

    The primary thing that I got from the game footage is that he is much quicker than Hayden and he has the ability to shed blocks which was a problem for some of the DT in 2013.
  9. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    I would think he would have some better pass rush numbers if he has some ability in the area. My conclusion thus far is I'm not convinced we have the 1 tech position starter we are looking for. I'd like to see the draft address this position early or SDE addressed so that Crawford could be moved over there.
  10. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Hayden needs to be replaced regardless of how good McClain turns out to be.

    They really need to decide on Crawford's primary position. He will likely want to keep his weight on the lower end if he's going to be a DE and on the higher side if he's going to be a DT. He's still a young player and they could slow his progress if they have him bouncing around positions.
  11. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Last season they planned on putting him at SDE with Spencer healthy at the time. So I think he still goes there first.
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Agreed.
  13. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    I won't say much about the article but I will say that there was a time when people thought Scandrick and Jason Hatcher were "JAG's".
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  14. yentl911

    yentl911 Well-Known Member

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    Let's tap the brakes a bit WRT TM starting. We haven't even had the draft yet and I see Dallas going D-Line heavy in this draft. He might be a decent rotational player but a starter he is not.
  15. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure Dontari Poe is the guy that you're think about? He's not remotely similar to Crawford or anybody on the Cowboys roster. Poe is a freak that had a faster 10 yard time at 346 lbs than Crawford did at 275 lbs.
  16. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I'd settle for Reggie White.;)
  17. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Are you joking?

    They are not the same kind of player.
  18. Kaiser

    Kaiser Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I'm not that concerned either way. 1 Tech isn't a premier position in this defense and Dallas will very likely draft a player at the position. That pick, McClain and Hayden will all get snaps so its not a big deal to me who they refer to as the starter. Its going to be a wave of guys plugging gaps, its not like its a CB out on an island facing Megatron.
  19. ThreeandOut

    ThreeandOut Well-Known Member

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    If they don't get Donald, then I think they'll pick up a guy like Sutton who could challenge to start at the 1 and could back up Melton at the 3.
  20. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed but if they find another 1 tech, Hayden is likely on the outside looking in.
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