Dallas Cowboys News and Notes, 6/11/12: Cowboys Most Improved in NFL?
- Are the Cowboys the most improved team in the NFL?
With the upgrade at cornerback and inside linebacker, I think you can make a case. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will be light years ahead of Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman. For the first time in a long time, the ‘Boys have depth at the cornerback position. The signing of Dan Connor was huge, and don’t forget Bruce Carter is basically a new contributor as well.
- Do the Cowboys have the top “essential” pieces of a championship ball club?
According to Pete Prisco, the Cowboys have the top pass-rusher in the NFL, a top 10 quarterback, the No. 3 offensive tackle, and the sixth-best cornerback in Carr. He’s surely right about DeMarcus Ware and I’d put Tony Romo a bit higher, but I think he’s a little too high on Tyron Smith and Carr.
Smith is one of my favorite players and I think he’ll be perhaps the best offensive tackle in the league within a couple of years, but he’s not there yet. I don’t think you can rank him ahead of Jake Long right now. Similarly, I’d put Nnamdi Asomugha, Brent Grimes, Ladarius Webb, and perhaps Leon Hall ahead of Carr at this point.
- Is Lawrence Vickers an upgrade over Tony Fiammetta?
I’m inclined to say yes. Vickers was sensational in Houston last season. Although the Cowboys had a lot of success with Fiammetta last season, he still played only 227 snaps. That’s hardly an outstanding sample size. While you all know I’m a proponent of a “pass to set up the pass” mentality, your fullback doesn’t need catch passes. He needs to destroy people, especially in short-yardage situations. The best way for the Cowboys to improve their running game, in my estimation, is to win those 3rd and 4th and 1s. Vickers will help with that.
**Side note: Am I the only one who thinks Vickers looks like a much larger version of Kanye West? Google it and get back to me.