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Cowboys:Thoughts on offseason moves(exclude draft

Posted on: June 20, 2009 8:46 am
I'm starting my first blog with my favorite team.
I'm not gonna say that the Cowboys are going to the Superbowl this year, or that we have the best team in the league.

I want to look at their offseason so far. They have made upgrades at the positions that veterans were added. But lost a large offseason weapon in Owens. Our locker room will be better off this season and the performance of the team will improve in a few years, but as of now we lack the proven reciever we need to draw attention from Witten, Williams, and our running game as a whole. With half a season together, Romo and Williams will have some time between them to establish a chemistry, but i don't look for that to be a visible factor until the second half of the season. We have a three man rushing attack as of now, but defenses will have a chance to study both Felix Jones and Tashard Choice better this season assuming they're both healthy throughout the season. Romo will be playing with more pressure than he has faced in his career.
We have also dropped more problem players as everyone knows. Of course I mean Adam "Pacman" Jones, and Tank Johnson. Though Tank seemed to stay out of trouble for the most part in Dallas he just didn't perform. The release of Adam Jones was needed to establish locker room chemistry, can't very well release a player like Owens and keep Jones when both had been said to be character problems in the locker room while Owens produced far better numbers than Jones.
The additions of Gerald Sensanbaugh came after the release of Roy Williams. This appears to be an upgrade as far as coverage ability. Keith Brooking is a little younger than Zach Thomas who was released after one season with the team(Later signed with KC). Igor Olshansky is a player that Wade Phillips has previously coached. I'm not sure how much of an upgrade, if any, he is from Chris Canty.
The only offseason transaction I disagree with, other than the release of Owens, is the trade that brought Jon Kitna from Detroit, in exchange for Anthony Henry. Our secondary is the weakest part of our defense and looks to be again with the loss of a veteran. Mike Jenkins will only get better with more experience, but not in time to noticably help out this season. Kitna is a by far a better back up than Brad Johnson and we saw how important a back up QB is last year, but trading a starting CB for him is questionable at best. My hope is that he can help Romo progress during his time with the team.

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Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 10:37 am

Cowboys:Thoughts on offseason moves(exclude draft

I agree with everything you've said. I think Williams will be better, but he couldn't be worse, he won't have a pro bowl season but i believe he will be productive and help us out. I'm concerned about Austin and Hurd but I believe that one of the two will be able to step up this season. I will be watching Crayton, he managed to step up when Glenn went down a few seasons back, but he's now in his thirties and we haven't placed him in a situation where we can use him effectively like we shoud have.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 10:20 am

Cowboys:Thoughts on offseason moves(exclude draft

Everything, I do mean everything(yes, including the draft), the Cowboys have done this off-season are going to hinge on two things:
1)Can Roy Williams step up and be THE guy at WR?
2)Can the secondary shut down(at least slow down) the passing game?

If these two things happen I believe this will have been a very successful offseason.

I would like to add a 1a to my previous statement:
1a)Can Miles Austin and Sam Hurd stay healthy and contribute?

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