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Be grateful for your JAGs

Lately some of the most heated debates I've seen on BTB aren't the idiotic ones about bashing Romo, Ware, or our other stars. They aren't the ones defending Ball, or Costa, or our other struggling players. They're the debates about JAGS.

One aspect of this debate is purely emotional--it's about the fans. Do we wish Spencer were playing like Ware? Of course. Do we think Sensi or Elam are top-5 safeties? Of course not. So these are JAGs (Just Another Guys)--people that might (but only might) be a weakness for another team to exploit, people who might (but only might) give us a positive play at the right time. (I might even add Martellus or John Phillips to this list.)

I have a few questions. I don't have any stats, but I would love for anybody to chime in with them. Or we could go by the old eyeball:

Who are the Cowboys' JAGs? I think Sensi is the name I see most often; who else?

How upset should we be at having JAGs? Does every team have them? Do we have more than the best (Superbowl) teams? Do we have too many in one place?

What should we do about JAGs? This is, I think, a key question. Sure, we'd like to replace every one of these guys with elite Pro-Bowlers. But is that realistic? Can we expect to hit a truly elite player on more than a couple of draft picks? If not, is it really our priority to replace guys who are arguably doing their job pretty well--and do the people I've mentioned so far (Spencer, Sensi, Elam, Bennett, Phillips) fit that bill? Would we miss them? I'm especially struck by the fact that FiTaT, after arguing cogently and passionately that we need another strong pass-rusher in place of Spencer, acknowledged that we aren't likely to get one and that we should be wary of wasting draft picks trying. Guys like Ware don't grow on trees.

Finally--and this is an emotion question--is there a way we can be grateful? This year, we have a safety combo (Sensi and Elam) who easily rank in the top half, probably top quarter, of safety duos. Just because they aren't going to any Pro Bowls, have we forgotten what it's like to have one of the worst safeties in the league? As fans, maybe we should be saying, "Whew! Another position we don't have to worry about--because we've got a JAG filling that roster spot."

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