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Believe me you won't be seeing me talk good about Garrett that much. I was optimistic at first when Garrett started and Jerry and him have done good in the draft, at least compared to the past. Still he is pretty young when it comes to coaching hopefully he can learn and put it all together. A lot of young coaches struggle at first but Jerry is sticking with him at least for another year so he has given him time now. Now or never. And Dallas's defense last year was just tore up with injuries, it wasn't even funny. They started out great shutting down The Giants and it just went down from there. I know they are switching to a 4-3 so a lot of questions on defense going into the season, but I believe the talent on defense has gone up compared to the past for Dallas. They just haven't been able to show it that much.
Fair point but Dallas has been extremely close to playoffs for a long time now. And playing in Dallas is just like playing in the playoffs every week with all the attention they get. If there was one team to make a deep run in the playoffs with not much playoff experience I would put my money on Dallas if they can put it all together. That may be a big if, but you never know with the NFL. Dallas does have some capable vets with big game experience.
Yeah I don't know, I was just throwing retiring out there as a possibility that I thought was real. Injuries will happen in training camp and all of that. But the fact that he hasn't signed yet with anyone kind of makes you think, does anybody really want him? I just lean more toward the side nobody wants him then there are a ton of people banging on his door. IDK I could be wrong wouldn't be the first or last time for that.
That's often the way it works with the older free agents. Charles Woodson hasn't heard much either. I think teams were focusing on the star free agents first, and now it's all hands on deck for the draft. Once that passes, teams will have a better idea about what their remaining needs are that can be filled on a short-term basis by an Urlacher or Woodson type of guy. I'd be surprised if more teams don't jump into the mix at that point.
Personally, I think a lot of the players on Dallas' roster have been vastly overrated by the media and the Cowboys themselves, and that's one of the main reasons they've struggled. As an organization, I don't think they're very good at evaluating talent, and that likely starts and finishes with Jerry Jones.
Very true - Dallas really isn't that far off. And I can definitely see why that'd be an attractive place to play. Just meant that, if a veteran player in the twilight of his career has the choice between teams that have already proven they're at that level versus a team that has the potential to get to that level, he's almost always pick one of the teams that has already proven it.
I didn't watch him on tape this past season, so I don't feel qualified to say where I think he is at this point. There are probably two possible paths this might go down - maybe his tape in 2012 proved that he's no longer a starter in the league, and the teams will illustrate that with a lack of interest. Or maybe it's just a matter of teams needing to identify their needs at that point, and with the draft coming up, they just want to get through that first. I'm assuming it's the latter, but without having seen his tape, I really don't know for sure. Contrary to what Mel Kiper and Todd McShay try to lead you to believe, most teams - especially the ones that didn't make the playoffs the previous season - draft the best available player with most picks, rather than addressing a specific need (quick sidebar: when they identify specific needs for 2-14 teams, I think that's one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. A team went 2-14 for a reason - they've got a ton of needs. And by the time that rookie is playing at a level to make a major difference, that team's needs likely will have changed. Teams on the brink of winning a title have the luxury of drafting for need in certain situations, but no other teams do). Free agency is where most teams address specific needs. With a player like Urlacher who may only have another good two years, he's obviously not a long term solution, so it would make sense for teams to want to see how the draft shakes out to see whether or not they've got a short term need that he can address.
Jerry and Garrett aren't really that bad. Now Jerry and Wade Phillips you may be on to something. I think Jerry and Garrett are on the right track drafting lately. I think it's unfair Jerry gets blamed for all of that. He isn't a dictator, far from it. He listens to everyone around him and has said Garrett has to ok everyone on the roster. I think they have made strides lately and they just haven't had a chance to prove it since the defense was so banged up last year. Yes they should have depth and it shouldn't come to that. But it's really hard to have solid depth in The NFL with the salary cap.
That's awesome, great point.
Well even before Garrett arrived, Dallas hasn't struck me as an organization that does a quality job of evaluating. Between the last Super Bowl and now, Jones has been the main constant, with multiple head coaches having come and gone.
Yeah, if you can't tell, I'm not a big fan of the Kiper/McShay duo.
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