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Cowboys Have a FB on the Roster - Filed under the "actions speak louder than words department" according to the team website, on Tuesday Dallas signed 6'2", 254 lb fullback Tyler Clutts to the team. Garret stayed in consistent coach speak mode regarding any clarity insisting
... we've never been an exclusive this team or that team, ...Some may find it frustrating that Garrett toes the old school line in regards to giving away information and therefore any possible advantage. As always however, the actions themselves speak volumes. Garrett and the Cowboys brain trust have now come full circle acknowledging the value of a true FB in the backfield. Murray runs better having a fulcrum in front of him and Clutts reportedly excels at edge blocking. Murray has exploded on stretch plays for a couple years now and this move should make the edge a more reliable weapon. If Tyler can be a hammer up the middle on short yardage plays all the better.
How Important is Stringing Together Wins? - Cowboys have strung together consecutive victories two times this year. Weeks six and seven versus the 'Skins and Eagles then again in Weeks 12 and 13 versus the Giants and Raiders. The Cowboys sit two games above 500 at 7-5 and the correlation is complete. To get above 500 you have to string together consecutive victories. To win the East the Cowboys need to win three of the next four. The Cowboys do that and any way you slice it they will have a three game win streak under their belt and possibly a four game run. That is what contenders should be doing in December.
Calling TE Escobar - Does the signing of a FB mean even fewer reps for Escobar? You can't assign factual value to a player or pick in the first year for the obvious reasons. I don't doubt the talent of this second round pick, yet with ten targets for five receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown over the course of the 2013 season I do question the direction and usage of the pick.
Hannah has 11 targets for 11 receptions and 67 yards over that same span and did it in one less game. I love the concept of the two and three TE attack, but obviously we aren't using it as a major weapon and there is no indication with Dez and Williams in the fold for the next four years that this is going to change. Escobar is a fine talent. He produced in camp. Yes he is a rookie, but he is also a second round pick and that means he has to be on the field and producing in order for your team to be considered a winning organization. He is doing so on a level that equates to a seventh round pick. Escobar is a fine talent. So were Bennett and Fasano. Spending second round picks on backups that are only with the team a few years is not conducive to gaining value for any pick or player.
Something needs to give. With the signing of a FB the team admits that a TE in the backfield is not the way to go. Next move is to admit having three TE on the roster cost you QB Alex Tanney off the practice squad to the Browns and probably another solid OL in the last draft. Spending second round picks for ten targets and a touchdown won't get you to the play offs.
NFL Network "The Great Wall" - Yesterday the NFL network spent a good amount of air time pimping their new production for the "A Football Life" series "The Great Wall" which details the incredible offensive line and blocking of the Jimmy Johnson led 90's dynasty. What gets me is that Tom Landry knew it, Jimmy Johnson knew it, the fans have known it for years and yet it took Jerry "Genius" Jones how long to figure out that you build a winning team from the inside out? Sure, with recent number one picks at OT and OC he seems to have finally received the message, but I'm still more than a bit miffed about his lack of zeal in taking responsibility in the matter.
Bears, Packers, Redskins and Eagles - With four games left in the season I have seen numerous permutations on what can happen in regards to the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants play off scenarios. Ignore them all. Next week we play the Bears in Chicago with a chance to string together three consecutive victories for the first time in ... uhhhmmm, hmmmmmmm ....... errrrrrr a really long time. That's all that matters right now.
Random Quotes from Nate Newton and Jay Novacek on NFL Network
".. it was Jimmy. He made us a unit. - Nate Newton"
" .. if you give Tony (Romo) a great offensive line the skys the limit." - Jay Novacek
".. not that we ran or passed .. we were really good at what I call the give and take offense. What ever they gave, we took." - Jay Novacek
"Garrett doesn't need any additional motivation from pressure (in the media). He doesn't work that way." - Jay Novacek
"We ('90's Cowboys team) could go into Seattle and win, yea, no doubt." - Nate NewtonI remember the attitude of the '90's team. The swagger, the power, the size and speed. I for one, bet you could Nate, I bet you could. Are recent additions along the offensive line (Smith, Leary, Fredericks) leading us back to that level of confidence in the trenches?
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