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Holes? Depth? Not a half empty glass.


A lot has been said about holes and depth, so I'll review every position while trying to be objective.

 

Hole?

No, a lot has been said about his performance in late season collapses, but the collapses are a team effort, was he more guilty of the Baltimore defeat? Or was the Defense by allowing the 2 long runs? Or the OLine by stinking the joint? Or... I guess that you're catching my drift....

Depth?

Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee. Considering last season's depth, the improvement can't be measurable.

 

 

Hole?

No.

Depth?

Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Strength.

 

Hole?

Is Roy Williams capable of providing good number 2 stats? That's what he has as a career average. Is he capable of providing number 1 stats? He has. Then, he's a productive starter, right? Crayton has also produced decent number 2 production. Not a hole, but not a strength.

Depth?

Miles Austin, Sam Hurd and Kevin Ogletree. Depth is a concern due to their actual production in the League, but the concern is offset due to each player potential, we know that they're capable, but the first 2 guys have been injuries magnets.

 

 

Hole?

What?

Depth?

John Phillips and Deon Anderson (FB). Phillips has shown that he's capable of being an improvement over Tony Curtis.

 

Hole?

The oldest OLine lineup in the League. One of the younger lineups? The Eagles, and only one of their players was healthy the whole Training Camp, one missed all of it, 2 others were in for more than a week and the other just for one... Injuries can hit any lineup and OLineman can play at high levels in their 30s. There isn't a hole on the Cowboys lineup, they just can be too inconsistent from time to time.

Depth?

Doug Free, Montrae Holland, Pat McQuistan, Duke Preston and Cory Procter. Not worried about Free; Holland looked alright but bad conditioned last year, he's in much better condition this year and looks fine; worried about McQuistan, Preston and Procter... Robert Brewster in PUP with a torn pectoral muscle speaks volumes of the sense of security that the team has on those backups, they want either of McQuistan or Procter off the team as soon as Brewster is capable...

 

Hole?

No, but our best Eagle friend would say that there is... Spears and Olshansky don't get to the QB enough from their DE positions... Fortunately we know better, Spears and Olshansky have helped their OLBs counterparts to reach this numbers the past 3 years: Cowboys (76.5 sacks) and Chargers (76 sacks). That's the DEs doing their jobs.

Depth?

Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher and Junior Siavii. Concerned if Wade is forced to use the regular 3-4 scheme more than what he would prefer and Siavii has to play in an important number of snaps. Bowen and Hatcher have proven to be able to play (and well) in the other packages, that include: 4-2, 46 and Cowboy package (3-3 or 2-4). If Wade is granted his wish, he will use the 3-4 in close to 50% of the snaps and the other packages in the other half, limiting Siavii's exposure in the pivot.

 

Hole?

Ware will be a Defensive MVP candidate for some years. Spencer was a much better coverage and run support OLB than Ellis, which means that he's an improvement in 2 out of 3 areas of importance for an OLB. He needs to take the next step as a pass rusher. This is another strength.

Depth?

Victor Butler, Steve Octavien and Curtis Johnson. Looks weak, this is another of the true concerns that the team has. The team needs to keep Spencer healthy, which will mean that these guys will only play in pass rush situations out of the 46 or Cowboys package, considerably limiting their exposure to some of the other 3-4 OLB responsabilities.

 

Hole?

James is another of our team best players. Brooking looks rare. After seeing Ayodele and Thomas playing the position it's refreshing to see someone as active and agressive as Brooking. The guy wants, goes after contact and knows how to use his hands to slip away from blockers. It's indeed rare.

Depth?

Bobby Carpenter and Jason Williams. I think that Carpenter is easily capable of performing at Burnett's level and I've been seeing some good things, he's actually using his hands, ala Brooking, to slip from blocks. Carpenter is also bigger than Burnett and that makes it easier for him to slip from OLineman. Williams looked more comfortable as Training Camp progressed but then went down injured, if his progress continues and he has to play he won't embarrass the team.

 

Hole?

No. Terence Newman was healthy for some of the late half of the season and was his close to shutdown self and at the same time Jenkins started to come along. He had a really bad lowlight in the TD that he allowed by not tackling, but the same thing has happened for Newman who once tried, with a very unconvincing effort, to tackle Cooley on his way to a TD and nobody questions Newman coverage skills... Nor tackling, as he's a real solid tackler... Jenkins also showed solid coverage skills last year.

Depth?

Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball. Scandrick is really 2B to Jenkins 2A, so he should also count as a starter and he was our team brightest performer in the backfield last year. Ball saw playing time last year, teams looked at his side and his level of play wasn't a problem. A 5th guy is needed, the team is going heavier at Safety for now, but that's only temporal.

 

Hole?

No. Our Eagle friend also likes to point his finger at this position... Well, he has short term memory... How did Dawkins looked when he had to play right next to Considine and a not ready for primetime Mikell? Not so good. Well, last season our team had the worse level of play from the SS starters in the League (Thong, Davis and Watkins raise your hands!), I'm willing to say that Considine and a not ready Mikell would have been welcomed additions and better performers... Not impressive that Hamlin struggled, he's no Dawkins, but he is a pretty good FS and had a really good year in 2007.

On the other hand, Sensabaugh can play coverage! Moment of Training Camp that caught the attention of Raf? Seeing the Safeties in the DB drills, Sensabaugh actually looked like he belonged in there with the CBs... Thong and Bullets were always absent of those drills... My guess? We won't see Ware in coverage to keep a TE from burning the other OLBs and SS (ala Baltimore-Heap game).

Depth?

Pat Watkins, Mike Hamlin and Marvin White. The team has 2 cats, Felix and Watkins... But for different reasons... The Special Teams and injuries are giving Watkins his 9th life... Hamlin looks like a future keeper. White? Looks like a 1st game signing to add a veteran after the game and avoid a guaranteed contract...

No holes, guys, the team doesn't have a hole. Depth is a concern in some areas, but the team is strong in several others.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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