Can Orlando Scandrick be a starter? – Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East blog
Agree here with Dan that it wouldn’t be ideal. Rafael Vela of Cowboys Nation thinks he could be a starting safety if the Cowboys don’t adequately fill that need. He even picked him to be just that in our NFC Draft.
Finnegan wants (almost) Asomugha money – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation
He ain’t getting it.
Playing GM for a day, defensive edition - Rabble, Blogging the Boys
Franchise Spencer: This is a brutal choice, and it dictates the rest of my offseason plans, as his 8.8 million franchise tag significantly limits what I can spend at other positions. But I feel strongly that good pass defense depends more on good line play than good secondary play (see: Giants playoff runs) The Cowboys pass rush is already average; without Spencer, it will be anemic and I fear that, no matter how many elite cover guys they bring in, it won’t matter because opposing signal callers will routinely have six seconds to throw.
Yes, the Cowboys could let Spencer walk and then target a first-round talent like Melvin Ingram or Courtney Upshaw to take his place, but there’s no guarantee the newcomer will be better than Spencer in the long run–and he almost certainly will not be in 2012, as he adjusts to the big boy’s game. And, as Bob Sturm sagely notes in his Spencer piece, “I cannot fix this defense by subtracting a reasonable piece while adding another. That is called running in place…” The Cowboys can’t get caught up in whether or not Spencer is “worth” franchise money. Let’s be clear: he’s not. They have to focus on what their defense will look like without him. It’s a terrifying prospect, frankly. So, they have to keep him around until somebody who is clearly as good (or better) is on board.
Nooooo, not you too, Rabble. I think the phrase I disagree with most here is:
Yes, the Cowboys could let Spencer walk and then target a first-round talent like Melvin Ingram or Courtney Upshaw to take his place, but there’s no guarantee the newcomer will be better than Spencer in the long run–and he almost certainly will not be in 2012, as he adjusts to the big boy’s game.
More on that statement later today.
Cowboys’ Tony Romo like a ghost in the locker room – Gerry Fraley and Rich Gosselin, dallasnews.com
On whether Tony Romo can learn to take on more of a leadership role:
Fraley: You’re going to have to sacrifice it. It’s just either not in [Romo's] nature or he just wants nothing to do with it because I have seen no sign that he’s willing to play to that. It’s more than just staying and watching film. It’s how you interact with your teammates. This is a guy who’s like a ghost in the locker room. Jon Kitna, you could see him interacting with his teammates, getting on guys a little bit. We’re not around 24 hours a day, but you never see Romo interactive. He’s seek the tee time or something. I thought he was going to learn from Kitna, but I don’t think he did.
Gosselin : Aikman was a quiet leader. Michael Irvin was the vocal leader of that team, but Troy Aikman could go up to a teammate and get the point across. He knew when it was time to say something, and he said it. With Romo, you just don’t feel that he ever knows that time.
Redskins, Giants, and Eagles after the jump…
Will Redskins wade into shallow pool of guards? – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins
Rich notes grades doled out by the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting. They aren’t pretty.
However, paraphrasing a Mike Mayock conference call, Pro Football Talk noted that Mayock thought it was a deep draft for interior offensive linemen:
Mayock thought the draft is deepest at defensive tackle. He has 5-7 first rounders at that position. He says it’s very thin at defensive end, but very deep for interior offensive linemen. So if you need a big ugly on either side of the ball, this is your draft.
So who knows?
Vegas odds for the Combine 40 yard dashes – Kevin Ewoldt, Hogs Haven
Some fun stuff here. Can’t bet on Rich Eisen though
Did Haslett spill Skins’ QB plan? – David Hyde, Sun Sentinel
Still with this? And all the way down in Florida?
Could Redskins be Miami’s biggest competition for QB? – Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel
I think most Skins fans see the Browns sitting there at 4 as their biggest impediment to landing that “franchise QB,” but don’t forget that the Fins are lurking at either 8 or 9 (depending on how a coin toss goes).
Osi Umenyiora says he’ll stay quiet this offseason – Ralph Vacchiano, The Blue Screen
Skeptical hippos and whatnot.
Why Victor Cruz won’t get a huge payday – Matt Bowen, NFP
(yet). Well done here by Matt.
Prospect profile: Juron Criner – Jeremy Fuchs, Giants Gab
I loved Criner at the Senior Bowl. Big guy, great hands. Made some outstanding catches. In this link, it says he’s a 4.65 guy. I didn’t see that in Mobile. If he runs a 40 that bad, it certainly didn’t translate to the football field.
Vick – Kyle, IgglesNest
Kyle lays the emphatic smackdown on some nonsense by b/r that Michael Vick is the 23rd (TWENTY-THIRD!) best QB in the league, behind guys like Matt Moore, Matt Hasslebeck, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford, Matt Flynn, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Ron Jaworski talks about leaving Monday Night Football booth – Jason Brewer, BGN
Clearly, he didn’t want to leave, and it appears that he thinks his age had something to do with it. It sucks that he’s still under contract with ESPN, because I’d love to see him land in a booth elsewhere to replace (fill in the blank of whatever terrible announcer annoys you).
Let’s talk DT’s – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz
Good stuff here by Tommy, and surprise, he mentions Derek Landri once or twice.