So here we are, back to attending other matters in life than the weekly escapades of our chosen franchise. I wanted to take a little time to review my non-inflammatory posts from this year, specifically those I put out early in the off-season with my thoughts and predictions.
Some of these posts garnered more attention than others, and all were ahead of the curve (factually or based on my feelings) on these topics. I'm not sure anyone can ever prove to be the first, and it's not terribly relevant, but I think that in the end they each had some merit.
I would like to open this up to people's thoughts and the varying opinions on how close or far off I was on any or all of these. Without further ado, in order of appearance:
A look ahead: Writing on the wall? - 11 May 2013
A short post detailing my thought that the Kiffin hire was really a segue to get Marinelli in here to run the show on D in the near future. This might very well be coming to fruition, but time will tell. Perhaps my hopeful optimism tastes a little more trite now, but hey, it was a long time ago.
A Look ahead: Cole Beasley - 28 May 2013
Well. There is still a fairly differing set of views on the Bease, but I remain a supporter of his. This was by far the most popular of the three. I did draw the obvious comparison to that Broncos guy - and I still think that with time and coaching, opportunities as well, he can be worthy. A note from where I said that while I did not expect to see him reach the 100 catch season mark, I would be satisfied with an effective 50 catch season: Close but no cigar. As of today, his NFL player stat line reads:
In 14 games, he had 39 rec, with an average of 9.4 yards/catch. 2 TD, (20) First downs, giving him a 51% first down conversion rate on all of his receptions. Only one fumble.
That's not too bad for fairly limited involvement. Many of those catches came on important third-down conversions, so there is still hope.
A look ahead: The Achilles heel? - 28 July 2013
Here I took a sniff at both the CBA rules and Woicik being culpable for the inordinate number of injuries suffered. That topic has obviously only gained momentum since my post, in fact, it happened almost immediately after I posted it.
As I mentioned elsewhere, I almost wrote a post about Jeremiah Ratliff holding out to leave the Cowboys, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and decided not to write it. A few weeks later, well, we all know how that played out.
So what are your thoughts, folks? I think some of these issues are still alive and well, and very much relevant to the future of the Cowboys.