A QUICK LOOK AT THE NFC EAST.

Posted May 09, 2013

RIGHT now all the talk in the NFC is about RG3 and Redskins. How is his knee? Is his knee ready? Will he be ready for Week One? Did you see the jumping jacks? How is his knee? Are the Redskins the team to beat if RG3's knee is better? So how IS his knee? And so forth. 

Don't look now but I think the Cowboys may be in the process of putting together all those pieces that they've had all this time. Finally instead of DeMarcus Ware being a stat collector who is invisible during crunch time, he's going to be an in-line DE allowing his DC to dictate interior protection schemes (G/T hard doubles, T-to-FB handoffs, shallow drops, etc.) instead of exterior protection solutions (chips, TE & RB help, etc.). Ware won't be as effective statistically, but his rep will force OC's to plan for him differently and thus will mean that the giants and Forekins have to throw away their old approaches to the Cowboys. Advantage: Cowboys.

Also ILB Sean Lee will be back and this time will be playing a dedicated MIKE role. I LOVE this guy's feel for passing lanes, but I HATE that he's employing it in Dallas. 

If the Cowboys do take a step forward and win the NFC East this year, it'll be due to their Defense. They still need a return game, and some stability at RB. Right now, the estimation of Washington being the class of the division just because they won it last year (at the expense of possibly mortgaging their's and RG#'s  future), is way premature.

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2 Comments:
  • I wouldn't place the Cowboys over the Giants. The Giants have a better defense, better quarterback, and better coach. I'm not sold on the Cowboys doing anything other than what they always do. Choke when it matters most and that especially goes for their quarterback. I'm not going to count the Eagles out of it either. I think these guys needed to hear another voice and if the buy into what Chip Kelly is selling they could turn this thing around sooner than people think, because they are a talented football team. The Redskins entire season will be based around the health of RG3 and his ability; rather the ability of defensive coordinators to successfully stop the Read option. RG3 has shown when you take away his legs he can be beaten. He's also shown to be injury prone. You can't count on injury prone quarterbacks in the NFL. The Redskins could take a step back, but they do have the best running game in the division right now with a coach willing to use it. I see this division as the it's the Giants to lose depending on the health of RG3. Everyone has been talking about the Cowboys "putting it all together finally this year" every year it seems since Parcells was there. They will still be waiting.
  • I think there are a lot of complacent giants right now, and making the playoffs and winning the Superbowl didn't help light any fires under them (hence last year). That's why I have a hard time seeing the giants as stepping up.

    The Foreskins are as you said, are dependent on RG# to function at a high level and he's already had 3 major knee surgeries in his young life, so something tells me that that train will have a tough time staying on schedule.

    The Eagles, I said I'd lay off of talking about (a comment someone. likely GTD "liked"), so I've been mum on them and I've hung back to take in what strong impressions and convictions others have.

    The Cowboys are the only team in the division that meets the criteria of being A) Hungry to prove something; B) Not making a regime change; and C) not dependent on one guy to stir the whole drink. Add to that the fact that everything the division knows about them defensively has to be thrown out the window, and you have the deck stacked heavily in their favor. Barring the injury bug biting them (let's see if I can talk it up for some other team!), Dallas looks like the team that the media will be calling "The surprise team of 2013".

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