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The Pistol and how to stop it -- more tweeners?

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In reading this EXCELLENT SBN article on the development of the 'Pistol' offense run by Bob Griffin and the Redskins as well as Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers I recalled my thoughts expressed earlier this season when defenses were ripping plodding offensive lines a new one -- including our very own Cowboys o-line. Since then Dez Bryant has emerged, Jason Witten has recovered from a busted spleen and Romo has emerged from the high interception and running for his life doldrums. Nonetheless, I recall even at that time postulating that not only would Dallas look for more tackles to convert to play inside at guard or center (while putting increasingly athletic former basketball players like Jeremy Parnell on the outside to block). I also thought we would see Dallas pick up or draft more players like Barry Church -- who are fast enough to not be liabilities in coverage but also big enough to come up and put a lick on RG3 or Kaepernick when they take off for a first down -- and to cover tight ends. In other words, when Jason Garrett and company sit down to analyze this season and what went wrong (aside from the injuries to very fast linebackers Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and even Ernie Sims) they might take a hard look at reevaluating the type of players to bring in. Clearly after a very good defensive start to the season Dallas needs more pass rush from players not named Demarcus Ware or even Anthony Spencer in the future. Finding guys who can help take down or at least contain and/or pick off the RG3s, Lucks, Kaepernicks and Wilsons of the future will be critical to this team's chances of winning a Super Bowl this decade. Unfortunately the Cowboys can't clone Darren Woodson and put several of his clones out on obvious passing downs to both cover the slot and corral Bob G3. But they can start looking in broader terms at where the league is headed (thus far they've done well with drafting Tyronosaurus and developing Parnell to start in 2013, and if Killer K and Arkin can ever play up to their combine numbers they too could handle athletic rushers inside). And then act accordingly not only this and subsequent drafts but in undrafted free agency as well.

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