Category Archives: NFL Draft

NFL Combine Changes

Why doesn’t the NFL make a few changes to their combine?

  1. Make players wear helmets
  2. Make players wear shoulder pads
  3. Make players wear football pants
  4. Hold film study sessions with a written test at the end to see if players pay attention and understand tendencies

I think these would be huge changes to the combine and they just make sense.  Players should be wearing what they play in when they run their 40 times and go through their drills.  I’d extend it to Pro Days as well.  I was watching Tim Tebow throw and it’s completely different throwing with a helmet and shoulder pads on than without.  Let’s see if he’s still accurate with that throwing motion.

I know that agents and current college players would be against this for the most part because all the 40 times would decrease but the NFL runs the thing so they can set the rules.  Why should the NFL care?  The closer they can get to simulating real game situations the better their scouting and evaluation should be and that means theoretically the owners will save money by drafting more efficiently.  That should be enough to both motivate and convince the owners and the NFL to make these changes.

Instead of arguing over overtime rule changes, why don’t they fix the combine?

What are the Cowboys Doing?

So much for a quiet off-season. 

First, we have the trade rumors with the Dolphins.  The rumor is the cowboys are thinking of trading Barber and picks for the 1st pick in the draft where they can draft McFadden.  I don’t see how this really works for both teams as Miami is already paying Ronnie Brown big money and I don’t think they’d invest more in the running back position.  The only thing I can think of is maybe they will be comparable to the vikings who have Taylor and AP and maybe Parcells is willing to do anything to avoid paying the huge signing bonus to the 1st pick in the draft.

For the Cowboys, they would be taking on a huge contract at a time where they are going to have to start making some tough decisions on players salaries.  This move would be a gamble to win next year at all costs…something Jerry would do (crap now I believe the rumors).  Jerry may think he needs more star-power on this team because TO’s age will no doubt make him very average, very soon.  Or maybe his Arkansas roots are firmly entrenched in his brain. 

The next situation brewing over at Valley Ranch is the hiring of some “big name” assistant coaches.  Jerry brought back some guys from the 90’s in Houck and Campo.  I don’t see the reason in bringing Campo back…yes he is a good secondary coach but he’s got too much of a reputation here to just be a normal position coach.  The media is too close to him and if things go bad they will get him to talk.  Houck I’m ok with but the rumor is Wade had someone else in mind. 

The Dom Capers situation is spiraling out of control rather quickly.  Apparently, Brian Stewart told Capers that he wasn’t too comfortable with Capers being hired onto the staff and this prompted Capers to turn the job down, only to have Jerry and Co. pursue him further and try to talk him into coming anyway.  Let me get this straight:

Wade is a defensive minded coach and that is his “specialty” and why you hired him.  He then hand-picked his Def Coordinator and had the defense playing much better last year even with injuries to the secondary and the loss of Jason Ferguson.  The team goes 13-3 and lost a playoff game because the offense didn’t score enough points…same reason they lost in Seattle the year before.  So Jerry goes out and hires one former Head Coach in Campo and is trying to hire another in Capers.  Why?  Does this defense need that much help?  What about Garrett? 

Last year, Garrett had Sporano on the staff but this year he is on his own and apparently Jerry is just fine with that instead choosing to go after big name coaches on the other side of ball.  The chain of command will be screwed if Capers comes aboard.  It will make Stewart a non-factor and wouldn’t surprise me if the players tuned him out.  And if that happens, how long before Wade gets tuned out with players knowing he is a lame-duck coach? 

It’s as if Jerry is setting up the coaching staff for Jason Garrett even though he isn’t the current head coach.  This type of thing can absolutely destroy a team.  I wonder if Jerry is trying to “up” Parcells.  Parcells raided the Cowboys and maybe Jerry wants to really send him a message that says “hey Bill, you didn’t hurt us at all….see who I hired”. 

There are those that say Stewart should be more than willing to accept Capers on the staff…but those people are fooling themselves or have never been a leader or in a position of real power in an organization.  That hire would be a clear message to the players on that football team that Stewart is irrelevant and also that Wade is irrelevant in Jerry’s mind.  Hell of a way to start the off-season.

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Cowboys Draft Recap – I love it

I don’t see how anyone can criticize the dallas cowboys draft.  The reason:  They got Cleveland’s #1 pick next year and did it without giving up there 1st rounder this year. 

Ok technically they did but they didn’t….if you know what me and John Kerry mean by that. 

Dallas traded its first round pick to Cleveland for the Browns’ second round pick (36th overall) and for a first round pick in 2008.  Then they used that 2nd round pick to trade back into the 1st round. 

Dallas still got the player they wanted with that #1 pick in Anthony Spencer who looks like he is just a terror when rushing the passer. Kind of reminds me of trent cole and a poor man’s shawn merriman.  Shorter (is 6-3 short?) and 260 pounds.  Just looks like he’s tough to block and that’s what we need. 

The two offensive lineman will help with depth and guard against injury.  They also are pretty versatile which is good for game day rosters.  It would be nice if we can get Procter to be the back up center as well as guard. 

Stanback is a very interesting pick.  I saw this guy play a few times in college and thought he was a heck of an athlete.  Not sure if that will translate into a WR or not but if Matt Jones goes in the 1st round because he can run a 4.3 then taking stanback, who reportedly also can run a 4.3, in the 3rd isn’t a real reach. 

I have no problem with them taking a kicker in the 6th round..it’s a 6th round pick…who cares.  Take a chance on getting someone who can kick touchbacks because you already have McBriar who is great and if your kick off guy can keep the ball from Devin Hester too then you are in business.  Yeah, we picked up a couple of other guys and the fullback has a fascinating story that everyone should read.  Deon Anderson’s story is here.

But, the key is the extra 1st round pick.  I don’t care what Cleveland’s record turns out to be next year.  The real point is that you take the gamble that they are going to suck.  If you had to place  a bet wouldn’t you say Cleveland was going to have a top 10 pick next year and probably top 5.  It may not happen as the NFL is unpredictable but the gamble is worth taking and a calculated gamble.  Plus, you didn’t give up much to do it. 

The only disappointing thing about this draft for me is that none of the WR’s fell to us in the 2nd round but maybe Steinback can be that guy. 

Look at it this way, if Romo sucks next year then we might have two top 5 picks to get our QB and RB or WR of the future.

The end of the Strong Safety?

The Washington Redskins just picked Laron Landry a safety out of LSU.  He is 6-2 202…your basic FS.  But, the Redskins already have a great free safety in Sean Taylor…so does this mean they are going with the double free safety? 

I’ve been saying for awhile that every team should really go with this.  Most CB’s and FS’s can tackle now and there is no point in having a strong safety out there who can’t cover.  What hurts you more?  A strong safety who gets beat deep or gets a pass intereference penalty or a safety who can’t bring down a RB with a big hit in the open field and maybe needs a few yards to slow him up.  I’d rather give up an extra 4 yards than the big play because if your safety is tackling the other teams running back then you are already giving up 8 or so yards.

 It will be interesting to see if other teams follow this…the Chargers did it last year.  I’m a Cowboys fan and I hate seeing Roy Williams back there at SS.  I’d rather have two FS’s and no roy as his big hits don’t do anything for me and rarely produce a positive play.  heck, half the time he hits our own players. I think it’s old school to use a SS and not necessary. 

More NFL Draft Talk – This Guy’s an Idiot!

Genius

11. San FranciscoAdam Carriker — A perfect fit in the 3-4 defense at end. Compares to Luis Castillo with his play and character

So does that mean he took steroids to increase his draft stock too?

NFL Draft

It’s close…I feel it.  I want it.  I need it.  Please don’t make me watch any NBA playoff games. 

 Adrian Peterson….can you fall to the Cowboys?  This draft has 3 absolute beasts in Calvin Johnson, AP, and Brady Quinn.  Just kidding on Quinn…we all now it’s Jamarcus.  These guys are all huge, fast, and really seem like good kids. 

NFL Draft – Dallas Cowboys

I am a little torn on what the Cowboys should do in their draft.  There are two positions that I think they need depth and insurance at.  WR and Corner. 

John Murphy from Yahoo Sports has them taking a CB in round 1 and a WR in round 2.

My reasons for them taking these two positions is pretty simple. 

First, CB:

Anthony Henry has a bum knee…not sure how long he will be able to play on it.  Maybe a year or two but it might become an issue as he gets older and he’s already a slow corner so if he loses anything then the team will suffer.  Also, Newman’s contract is up and he’ll require a 20m signing bonus…you need to protect yourself from that.  Newman is really good but he’s older than you think because he came out of college at 25.  Aaron Glenn is getting up there in years and Jacque Reeves will be an unrestricted free agent after this year and even though he’s done well I just don’t know what he’s worth.

So each player has questions and you really just need another body back there that has the talent to start.

WR: 

I am more scared about this position and everyone already knows about the age of our starting WR’s so I won’t get into that.  TO has not been healthy and Glenn hasn’t been healthy over his career.  So, right off the bat you have age and injury questions with both of your starting WR’s.  Now, yes these guys have been in great shape and injuries are impossible to predict…i’ll give you that but the probability is still high that one of these guys will slow down next year. 

But, the bigger problem is that both of them have baggage.  TO’s problems are well documented and while many people didn’t like Big Bill….he did keep TO on the team and focused all year.  Can Wade Phillips do this?  Not sure, TO is not exactly right in the head.  Now, don’t forget about Terry Glenn…he’s been pretty quiet since he came to Dallas…except last year when he complained about the offense.  He’s only been able to play for Big Bill in his career.  New England suspended him and Green Bay just gave him away.  How is he going to respond to Wade? 

It’s impossible to predict whether these players will play for Wade.  But you add up their injury history, the age question, and their attitudes and you could easily see a scenario where you lose them both at some point next season.  Sam Hurd and Crayton starting at WR isn’t good for anybody.