Cowboys News and Notes: 6/14/10 (Power Rankings, Anthony Spencer)
- Martellus Bennett tweeted that Vince Young’s fight was “childish and unprofessional.”
Bennett has himself been accused of sometimes acting childish, although he appears to be headed in the right direction now. He has drawn rave reviews during OTAs and mini-camp. There aren’t many balls to go around, but we expect Bennett to have a much more productive 2010 season.
- BTB asks if the Cowboys should run more no-huddle plays in 2010.
They counted 30 no-huddle plays last season, although we tallied just 28. Of those plays, just two were runs (for six yards). The 26 passes went for 151 yards (only 5.81 yards-per-attempt). We also noticed that 25 of the 28 plays were out of Shotgun. Ultimately, the Cowboys are probably better served sticking to their normal offense.
- Rick Gosselin ranks the Cowboys at No. 2 in his NFL Power Rankings.
We will put out our own Power Rankings in the near future, but this is as high as we have seen Dallas. It sure is a slap in the face to New Orleans to have them ranked No. 8 after winning it all.
- Todd Archer lists some things we’ve learned about the Cowboys during the off-season
We actually agree with just about everything Archer wrote, outside of perhaps Sean Lee being the nickel linebacker and the confidence in Alan Ball/Doug Free. While we think both Ball and Lee have what it takes to succeed, the smart money is on at least one of them playing more poorly than expected.
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- Jerry Jones’ biggest concern for the 2010 season? The schedule.
We’d have to agree, although we see the middle part of the schedule as the most difficult (as opposed to others’ thinking it is the end). The Cowboys have five very difficult games out of a possible six from Week 9 to Week 14 (at Green Bay, at New York Giants, Detroit, New Orleans, @Indianapolis, and Philadelphia).
According to our numbers, Spencer racked up 28 more tackles as DeMarcus Ware and 1.77 times the hits-per-rush in 2009. It is scary to think he will improve this season, but he will. You can expect his sack total and coverage skills to get better in 2010.
- Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas lists five things about which Cowboys fans should feel confident, and five about which they should worry.
We agree with the positives, but there are a couple of “suspect” items with which we disagree. First, the running back situation should be fine. Yes, there are injury concerns there, but the depth and versatility at the position makes it a strong spot for Dallas. Second, we are rather confident about the Cowboys’ fourth cornerback. Let’s not forget that whoever that player turns out to be is probably listed at free safety right now (either Alan Ball or Akwasi Owusu-Ansah).
- The Cowboys have big dreams for the upcoming season.
This scares us a bit, as the last time expectations rose this high, Dallas exited the playoffs in the first round. Nonetheless, this team is a completely different one–an emotionally stronger one.