CFZ Cowboys Linebackers Unit - Any concerns?

CowboyRoy

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Linebackers - i think our LB unit will be spearheaded by 3 players- LVE, Clark and Overshown, imo.
But there are some questions and concerns about this LB unit, imo too. It only has 1 true experienced vet in Vander Esch.
And there's a ton of inexperience that could be our weakness at LB all said and done.
With Parsons being more DE than LB, can he truly be noted as a true LB ?

- When healthy and at top of his game, LVE can be solid, at the least serviceable. He's just not a big play turnover or sack guy
or a Sean Lee clone like i'd hope he'd be.
But he's decent enuff - until we get that stud LB. But what if he gets hurt ??.. which he has had a history of.
He's missed much, ..not that LVE is that good, but more so cuz our LB depth has always been so very weak & suspect. IF LVE , who is key backup ?

Damone Clark was a rookie in NFL learning mode- lost in coverage breakdowns. but he had zero camp summer and was activated after handful of NFL games
But he was supposedly a finalist at LSU, for the Dick Butkus award for best LB in college football.
Because of that alone, he's worth the watch and wait after a full offseason program and full camp.

Demarvion Overshown will be another watch and wait, i just don't expect a lot from him early on, as he continues to learn LB role, plus adjusts to NFL level,
as well as Quinn's system. Special teams i expect he'll be a big contributor. Hopeful he becomes a Deion Jones, Kwon Alexander type.
I'd like to see him form tackle better,

Devin Harper - they liked him a lot a a late round pick, but an achilles tendon tear ended his year- and i'm concerned that he may not recover fully
from that kind of injury.

Jabril Cox ? rookie year only 8 snaps before his ACL, - because coaches did not trust him,..'23 ? virtually spent entire year on Inactive game day list.
Why ? Coaches apparently do not trust him. Not even thought out as special teams help.
So what real experience and skill set does he have to offer and expect ?

Isiah Ward was a undrafted player that collected an astounding 19 sacks in one season in college. Despite those numbers, he was even drafted.
Perhaps because of his 210 pound body for an edge rusher and playing in an inferior smaller college..
Either he will be a rush specialist on long pass downs.. or he will be converted to an off ball LB, who will still rush passer ..a lot.!!
Ala Hasson Riddick.

Take it for what it is worth, but currently he's supposedly bulked up from 215 lbs. ..to a " listed" 236 pounds.

LVE is always a concern​

 

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Cox has probably the best raw coverage skills of any linebacker on the roster right now. He has that type of talent. Something the Cowboys linebackers struggle with when LVE is on the field.

The bull is there to be taken by it's horns. Look out for DeMarvion Overshown if Cox doesn't impress from here on out.

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Linebackers - i think our LB unit will be spearheaded by 3 players- LVE, Clark and Overshown, imo.
But there are some questions and concerns about this LB unit, imo too. It only has 1 true experienced vet in Vander Esch.
And there's a ton of inexperience that could be our weakness at LB all said and done.
With Parsons being more DE than LB, can he truly be noted as a true LB ?
Parsons will remain one of the linebackers in certain sets (mainly the 3-4/5-2 look we use on early downs). We don't really want him playing end in likely run situations. We'd prefer to put him at LB and let him attack without having an OL directly across from him.
 

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Parsons will remain one of the linebackers in certain sets (mainly the 3-4/5-2 look we use on early downs). We don't really want him playing end in likely run situations. We'd prefer to put him at LB and let him attack without having an OL directly across from him.
Chewing glass has been tried by some in the NFL,,, :)
 

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Nope. Kearse and Dono are pretty much LB’s anyhow
You do really have to consider them in the mix. They may be safeties, but one takes up a linebacker spot in the nickel and dime.
 

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Whole picture focus surprisingly must include this as well:

Described as a genius...









Seth Walder

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The Cowboys are hiring John Park from the Colts as their Director of Strategic Football Operations, per sources. Park was the Director of Football Research with the Colts. He had been with Indianapolis since 2016.

Unexpectedly, the Cowboys made another notable in-house change before the draft when they parted ways with longtime director of football research Tom Robinson. Robinson held that title since 2014 and had been with Dallas since 2010, so it's clear the team wanted a new voice leading the analytics department.

On Wednesday, the Cowboys hired Colts Director of Football Research John Park to become their Director of Strategic Football Operations.


The team will be well prepared for AFC opponents also...
 
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