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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Slamman wrote:
TVScout wrote:
The_Slamman wrote:
Dboys88-82 wrote:
Didnt know where else to throw this. Just another random tidbit. Makes me worry a little bit about our run defense. I know both spencer and ware were pretty solid against the run in the 3-4 though. Whats everyone else think?


The Cowboys project to have the lightest starting defensive end duo in football this season.
Per numbers compiled by Blogging the Beast's Jimmy Kempski, the average starting 4-3 defensive end weighs 273.6 pounds. Converted OLBs DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer are listed at 254 and 250, respectively. This is an obvious concern for Dallas' run defense. At an average of 291.5 pounds, the Seahawks have the heaviest defensive end tandem (Red Bryant, Cliff Avril). The Cowboys' 252-pound average would be the NFL's lightest by nearly six pounds.

I agree that this is an issue. But, I think it's more of an issue for Anthony Spencer who has always been a solid run defender. But, more importantly, it underscores the need to have a beast at the 1 tech.

IMO we need a beast at the 3tech to force the OT to block down and away from Ware and Spencer. S. Williams anybody?

For better or worse, I think Rat will be a good 3 tech. I also think Hatcher could be a good 3 tech. And frankly, the only games we will consistently see tackles blocking down will games against teams that run the zone option (Washington).

Regardless, we don't have a player on the roster who I would be comfortable with playing the 1 tech.

Take Bryant and his 325lb out of the equation and it looks much different for Seattle. Clemons, Avril, Irvin and Bennett - 254, 260, 248, and 274 respectively.
The defense Kiffin is bringing in mirrors what Seattle does, so I'm not too concerned about our DEs being undersized.

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