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I Stopped Worrying about Romo or How I Learned to Love the Run!

Well, Tony is hurt again, probably out for the first half of the season. Was it his fault? Nope. Should we have expected it? Honestly I think 95% of Cowboys Fans and Hater did. What only the most faithful expected or hoped for is that the team wouldn't be in trouble for it.

See, I am not worried. Dak Prescott has been better than expected, but he's not totally why I'm not worried. I'm not worried because the Offensive Line looks better than ever, Alfed Morris looks like his rookie self, and Zeke, who is not in football shape, looks dynamic. I'm not worried because Dez has been Beast Mode since day 1 and the rest of the receiver corps, including the Tight Ends, have been too. I'm not worried because the Offense, all of them are doing their jobs.

What will be key going forward is minimizing Dak's opportunities to make mistakes. Keep the offense simple, dictate to the defenses through the running game, let special teams help set the offense up for success, and Defense, please force a field goal or two, pretty please.

So a poll, what will Dallas' record be after the first 8 games:
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2-6
62%
4-4
38%
6-2
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8-0

The more and more I think about it, the more I like this year's draft. Passing on Tunsil and Ramsey for Elliot I think is the best move for this team and the talk of both Irving and Crawford spending time at DE makes the Maelick pick like a confirmation. It will be interesting to see what Dak can do with the talent around him. Jaylen Smith could be the steal of the draft if it isn't Miles Jack, of the 2 I would have like Jack better, but it think Smith could be a dynamic MLB with Sean Lee.

Lots of potential, won't get to see most of it until August sadly...

Well, now we can see what Kellen Moore is really about. Dallas is eliminated from the Playoffs, so now we can work on sliding down to pick 10 in the draft, which is fine by me. I really want to see what a full week of practice will do for him. I saw in the game that he was quick with his reads, and for the most part pretty accurate. The picks were rookie mistakss, repetition will correct that hopefully. He got the ball to Dez, who was blanketed by Revis. He got the ball to Dez then everyone else and it looked like to me the Defense responded, al, except for Wilcox who was late getting over to cover the JETS receiver who made that catch on the final drive. Moore looked comfortable in the pocket and the pressure didn't seem to rattle him. See, throw to Dez when a ream blitzes Cassel and you can get a TD. Anyway, got to root for the Bengals today, Merry Christmas everyone.

I've been gone most of the summer because, summer, but quickly I want to say congrats to Dez, not surprised by the Rolo McClain suspension, and I hope Greg Hardy goes to court for no games suspension, not worried about running game, and finally TGIF!

The First Three Picks or How I learned Not Trade MY Picks and Have the Best Draft:

So 3 weeks ago I had a poll asking what you would do for Draft Day, Most selected Standing Pat and drafting. It seems Jerry & Company agreed. Look what they got;
   At #27 a Corner who can play Free Safety and was THE Freak Talent athletically at the combine. Byron Jones has been labeled as a workout warrior and even Mocked (pun intended) by Maurice Jones-Drew...so no one watched the tape on this guy then? He is big, solid and a press man corner with excellent range.
   THEN, there was the pick at #60, some OLB from Nebraska, nothing to see here, a dope-head no one wanted. Oh but he was considered a top 10 pick talent wise. I speak of Randy Gregory.  Any other team, and this might be a bad pick, but Dallas has the player support sytem to turn this Lover of Mary Jane into QB Sacking machine. 6'5" and 235'lbs, I think he needs to put some weight on and Marinelli and crew will get that done.
   Third Round, pick #91, Baltimore takes Carl Davis, DT from Iowa, who I thought Dallas would draft, easy. So instead they go with Chaz Green, OT from Florida. 6'5" 314'lb and can play both sides. Parnell replacement sure, but he can do something Parnell couldn't, RUN BLOCK! Also, he fits the mold, physically, that Dallas has for their O-Line.

Now I would have preferred Tevin Coleman at 60, 3 down back that can do it all and has better speed than Murray, but the fact Dallas didn't pick up a RB in the first 3 rounds means its McFadden and Randle. Dallas has a DE who can potentially make the loss of Hardy more palatable and a Corner, who can make it possible to cut Carr loose, or play at FS next to Church or Wilcox. Some needs have been addressed, and possibly the steal of the draft, so far, so possibly good. Until these guys get into the OTAs and Camp, we can only guess.

Welp, Adrian Peterson has been reinstated as of today, so if Dallas were to trade for him, he would be available for OTAs, Training Camp, and week 1-17.  A move for AP is a sign Dallas is going all in over the next 2-3 years for the Super Bowl while Romo is still the QB.

2 weeks to go to the Draft, weeeeellll, 13 days, in any case, this clears up things a bit. We will pry hear about Greg Hardy's fate next. Once that is known, some calculations can be made and a clearer picture of the Draft will come in focus. I still think if Dallas stays put they go CB...

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So, 3 weeks until the Draft, what does Dallas do?  Well, looking at this off-season, and well the previous 2, this is, in short, what Dallas won't do: OVERPAY.  The Joneses have set a limit as to what they will trade and what they will pay for players and so far have not crossed it.  This doesn't bode well for Brandon Carr, come May 12, when teams can cut players and designate them as June 1 cuts, if Carr hasn't redone his contract by then, he is gone. We'll know this for sure if 2 of Dallas' top 3 picks are corners.  I like the scenario where Dallas trades #27 down to 34 or 35 and getting 66 or 67. This would potentially give Dallas 4 picks in the top 96 (First 3 rounds). Imagine if all 4 are starters by next year.  Getting ahead of my self, so yeah, with 3 weeks to go.

However, we are now entering that period of the offseason, that you should not believe one word spoken by any member of any team staff. Draft boards are being made and no matter what, no team wants their Draft Board known, for it might raise questions. Like if Sharrif Floyd was #5 on your board, why trade down and eventually get Terrence Williams and Travis Frederick?  2 answers, D-Line Coach said "no" to him and Travis Frederick & Terrence Williams.

Oh, if you are curious, and want to know where Dallas is going to go with their Draft, well with the exception of Mo Claiborne, every player Dallas took in the first round visited Dallas in the group of 30 players for individual workouts. Makes me think if Mo had visited, would Dallas have Michael Brockers and Bobby Wagner right now? My favorite RB right now is Jay Ajayi from Boise State, who visited during Dallas Day Friday.  Oh, Gurley has visited and Melvin Gordon has too, only Ameer Abdullah from Nebraska hasn't, So now a quick Poll:
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Trade up for Gurley
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Stand Pat and Draft

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Spags gives us a "Just the Facts" article about Greg Hardy's contract and legal situation. Worth the read:

MY 2 cents: An appropriate contract, structured in a good way to protect them team and incentivize the player, I wish more NFL contracts were built like this.
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