I have had several Ideas rattling around my head the past few weeks, but I haven't had the ability to put them in a individual Fanpost, so here are a few random thoughts that have occurred to me since the Draft:
First off I just want to say that what Romo and the Cowboys are doing is awesome. While I was expecting something to happen, these "OTA-Like" workouts go far beyond what I was expecting. Yet I am curious about something, what I call "Romo's Conundrum". Basically it boils down to this: if a rookie, let's say Tyron Smith, shows up and wants to participate in the workouts, can Romo ask a veteran (e.g. Marc Colombo) to step aside? Would the vet cause a scene? If he does, who does the team back-up? Romo, or the other vet? Does Romo have enough respect "built up" to get the support? Just something to watch for...
Now I am a member of Battle Red Blog, which is the Houston Texans SB Nation site, which BTW for those that don't know, is the new residence of the ever popular Wade Phillips.....Now there has been a lot of discussion about Mario Williams over there, and it seems like Wade is apparently going to use Mario as an OLB....Basicallly Mario is going to be their DeMarcus Ware...Now the funny thing about this is that Mario Williams is 6-6 290 lbs...closer to Ratliff in terms of size.....My question is this, why couldn't Wade use Ratliff in the same role as he is using Mario, which is in an "Elephant" role....in other words, where is all this "creative" stuff coming from? Why couldn't he do this here in Dallas?
Jerry Jones also has a "problem". No, not with his drinking, but with the Cowboys. More specifically, free agency. There are several "big names" out there that Jerry could go out and possibly get. Specifically I am talking about Nnamdi Asomugha and possibly Logan Mankins. Yes I know Mankins got the "franchise tag", but when free agency starts up (if it does), that may be worthless. So as an ode to Jerry, here is a little something:
"To splash or not to splash, that is the question."
Whether it is nobler in the mind to suffer
through salary cap hell, in pursuit of the bling,
or to take arms against the 30 something players and oppose them
and by opposing them, to be the Eagles.
Destined never to get over the hump.
Yet always young contenders, with plenty of salary cap room.
The heartache and lost millions of dollars spent,
that comes with not getting the bling, is it necessary?
To get the bling, perchance even multiples, ah, there is the rub.
For can this roster get the bling as it stands?
Or does it need Nnamdi?
Nice isn't it?...(crickets chirping)...Ok I see how it is...How about YOU try and rewrite Shakespeare at 5 am on only one cup of coffee!!!!...(wild applause)...that's better.
Last Random thought...well not so random...Doug Free is a freak. How did this guy fall to the fourth round again? I think we may need to do some testing. A human should not be able to move like this:
40 Yrd Dash: 5.19
20 Yrd Dash: 2.96
10 Yrd Dash: 1.78
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.53
3-Cone Drill: 7.38
You want a comparision? OK here is the "New guy" Tyron Smith:
40 Yrd Dash: 4.93
20 Yrd Dash: 2.87
10 Yrd Dash: 1.69
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 29
Broad Jump: 09'01"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.68
3-Cone Drill: 7.47
Bear in mind the weights as you puruse the data....
Free at nearly 20 lbs heavier, nearly matches or beats Tyron Smith in virtually every category, except bench press... Yes Dallas got themselves a steal in the fourth round....
Ohh and in case you were wondering how Tyron "stacks up" against other "non freaks of Nature"? here is D'Brickishaw Fergeson:
40 Yrd Dash: 5.08
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 8'11"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.85
3-Cone Drill: 7.62
Yeah, I think Tyron will be pretty good...if he keeps his head screwed on right....
Well those are just some random thoughts I have had...just something to chew on until we get some real football. As always I invite comments and criticisms, so have at it BTB! See you in a few...