Five Cowboys who failed to meet expectations in 2011 – David Moore, SportsDay DFW
Number 1 isn’t revealed yet. So many options… Marty B? I’m not sure anyone had high expectations anymore for him. Spencer? He wasn’t #1 disappointment level. Dez? No, his numbers at least improved from his rookie season, even if people think he should be better. Any of the interior OL guys? Again, there should have been low expectations. Brooking? Nope, we all knew he was done.
Ahhhh… Got him. T New!
By the way, not so sure about Miles Austin at #5. When he was healthy, he was a force. Remember the Niners game? Everyone remembers the Jesse Holley play in OT, but Miles Austin won that game. Guys get hurt. That’s part of the game. Plenty of other disappointments to choose from ahead of Austin.
In 2010, the Cowboys had the worst pass defense in team history. Last year’s unit was the third worst in team history as the coaching change from Wade Phillips as head coach and defensive coordinator to Rob Ryan as coordinator did not make much of a difference.
The Cowboys blame the lockout and the shortened offseason for some of the struggles on defense as they did not get to learn Ryan’s system. There was confusion on defense during games in the final months of the season.
The Cowboys believe they will be helped greatly by a full offseason program and full slate of minicamps. But they also know this was not just an issue of schematic breakdowns.
Rob Ryan has been a defensive coordinator since 2004. 8 seasons. None of those teams had a winning record.
I’ll say it again. March is going to be fun.
Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…
Is Big Al now the most hated former Redskin? Has to be, right? Who are for the other NFCE teams? I’d go with T.O. in Philly. The Giants and Cowboys are a tougher call.
“I love everything about the kid,” Mayock said in a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “The question I have is he doesn’t throw with anticipation, mostly because he doesn’t have to. In that offense there is minimal footwork and they spread it out so wide and he has talented receivers and he has great touch and accuracy. He has arm strength and athletic ability. He’s tough. … He’ll stay in and take hits. We all know he can run also. He initially looks to get the ball down the field. His eyes are down the field. He can make plays with his eyes and arm as opposed to his legs.”
Holy crap… Mayock Mayock Mayock. Man, do people have a boner for this guy or what?
…at the end of the day.
Not sure about that “star” part, by the way, but good for Antrel, visiting the kids.
The Giants are about $7 million over the cap, Diehl is set to make $3.825 million in 2012, and he had a really bad season. Add up the math, aaaand…
Osi was a key piece in the title run, but in my opinion, the Giants might be wise to explore what they can get in a trade for Osi before he starts in on the contract bitching, which he inevitably will. They can shed his money to help get under the cap and get a high pick in the process.
“I think you want to always keep your really good players under contract; that’s the way it’s always been – it’s been draft and let’s extend them and re-sign them, it just doesn’t always happen that that’s how it works,” Roseman said. “Taking out specific situations, just generally speaking, you need two sides to make a deal. It’s both a team side and a player’s side and so some stuff like this happens, you see it all around the league. You see teams that are using these mechanisms to keep their players and also try to sign players to long-term deals.”
It would seem that the Eagles have the advantage of leverage when negotiating with Jackson because of the talented group of wide receivers due to become free agents. Among the prospective available wideouts are the Marques Colston (Saints), Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs), Vincent Jackson (Chargers), Stevie Johnson (Bills) and Mario Manningham (Giants). Roseman did not tackle the idea that the Eagles have the leverage, adding that the list is reduced when considering age and injury history. Plus, other teams might use the franchise tag or re-sign their player.
“I don’t think this is about leverage; this is about a relationship we have with a player that we drafted and that we feel strongly about,” Roseman said. “We feel fortunate to have a player of DeSean Jackson’s magnitude on our football team and I think the future is bright for DeSean Jackson.”
Sure you don’t think about leverage.
Brian found this nugget deep in a Jonathan Tamari article. Personally, I’d have made this the lead.
Howie Roseman on Asante Samuel’s situation:
“Whenever you have a surplus at a particular position there are talks around the league. People call and your phone does ring and that’s happened in the past couple years by our quarterback situation and so I think there are particular position on our team that maybe we had a surplus at and I expect the phone calls to be active. In terms of talking about a specific player or position obviously I stay away from that. But we’re always open to phone calls and to seeing if something works and really if there are win-win situations for particular teams and particular players we’ll look at that.”
It was nice knowing you, Pres.