Football is strategically similar to battle strategy: attack the weak points, neutralize strengths, and make the most effective allocation of resources. For our beloved 'Boys the formula is control the trenches, press the advantage with a ground assault, bombard through the air, and maximize cap. There are a lot of good insights on BTB from O-ring theory to various analyses of needs matched with free agency and draft options. Possibly crippling "needs" I have not seen getting the attention I think are deserved I would like to target in the draft. Interior line, secondary, front 7 pressure player I think the community agrees need to be shored up. I believe one dynamic player or at least one with a dynamic ceiling need to be added to each group, but what happens if we lose Witten, TRON, or Free (TRomo or DWare go down all bets are off)? Why should we add backup OT and TE to our offseason shoppiing list, I'll tell you after the jump ...
Marty B has been an enigmatic disappointment as a receiving threat, but he can be an outright weapon sealing the edge in the run game. If JWitten is banged up beyond his Terminator powers to push through, then what do we have if Bennet leaves? A decent H-back type in Phillips and what else? Who works the middle of the field? We don't have a true slot receiver type, and while I think Laurent Robinson is a must to resign there is only so much cap space and the Spencer conundrum besides the CB, C, S, G voids. We got Witten in the 3rd round, and with a compensatory pick in the 4th, rounds 3-5 sound right for looking for a TE with upside instead of a veteran journeyman or UDFA rounding out the position. I have loved the Cowboys history of receiving TE's back from Billy Joe Dupree, Doug Cosby, and Troy's security blanket Novacek. We have seen the trend started in this copycapt league with guys like Graham, Finley, and Pats pair of threats redefining the passing game. Our own ineptitude at the safety position this decade has allowed TE's to gash us so often that it's about time the front office took note. Witten is the offensive equivalent of Ware in the sense that he has been so good for so long, and so durable, that what we would be missing without him is taken for granted.
Now, if the rationale that C and G are so vital because protecting Romo is priority ONE for the Cowboys to have any hopes at a ring for the other hand why would we be comfortable with Parnell and only Parnell for depth. Yes, I believe we have bookends that may well take us into Romo's eventual successor, but the trenches are a perilous place where one play can end a season. I like the idea of grabbing someone like the Patriots did last year in Marcus Cannon, an above average college OT that might project as a G on Sundays. A potential road grader at guard capable of being a serviceable RT I like better than another project G-C in the middle rounds. When is the last time our scouts hit on one of those? With this approach you do no worse than add depth at two spots with starter potential. Free and Smith will be nearly interchangeable until TRON gets his feet wet on the blind side, but is anyone on the roster capable of sliding outside? If both our OT's got banged up even for a short time, could we even tread water with Parnell at LT and emergency stopgap on the other side? If QB, LT, and pass rusher are the most important positions in football it's no wonder so many of us believe we have the foundation for a run at a ring. A viable contingency is what I am touting here.
For our more obvious holes, what do we do? Raid our cross state cousins for Myers OR Brisiel, after we evaluate what we have going forward with the Yuglies and decide which spot has the most upside in house. Nicks and Grubbs would be studs, but DeCastro seems to measure up at a friendlier price tag. If he is not there at 14, trade back and look for Konz, Poe, Jenkins, or DE then find a G-C 3rd day. Next either sign a Griffin at safety, resign Elam, or bring in Mike Adams on the cheap and wait on the bumper crop at the position in next year's draft. Add a second tier FA CB like Carr, Richard Marshall, Terrell Thomas, or even William Gay. Corner is deep in this draft so BPA rounds 1-3 should nab one with potential to move into the top 3 on the depth chart as a rookie. Promote Butler and Carter, resign James or add Crowder for depth inside, then target Vinny Curry or Massaquoi on day 2 and an ILB on day 3. I still think we may have something in Albright as well. I have been firmly in the move Rat to DE and get a space eater inside camp since Rat was another penetrating nose named Glover, so DL talent has to be added to this roster above what Coleman or Brent bring to the table. More snaps for Lissemore as well. A veteran backup QB, bring back Robinson at friendly price and go BPA at PN for the rest and we may not have filled everything on our shopping list, but we made the most of our budget and go into battle in 2012 more prepared to maximize our strengths and mask our shortcomings. 6 Blings in 2012, 7 in 2013!!!