Cowboys preparing the Tsunami Effect
There has been a lot of chatter about the Marinelli Wave that is planned for the Cowboys’ defensive line, but this is merely the calm before the storm.
Look for more of a Tsunami effect from the energized, new youth movement on both sides of the ball. While sadly having to move on from some older, respected players, the team has brought in a solid group of competitors to raise this defense out of its worst showing in team history. The back end of the defense will look greatly improved because the pass rush enhancements.
Even though the team will be without their leader, Sean Lee, the linebackers should also be better this season. If Rolando McClain, Justin Durant, DeVonte Holloman or rookie Anthony Hitchens does not stand out from the crowd, this could very well be a middle linebacker position that will be filled by committee. Dallas has enough quality players in camp to be able to pull off these substitutions. They can do it without losing much in quality. Keeping the defense fresh is a big incentive for players to compete for each snap.
Bruce Carter and Kyle Wilbur will man the outside linebacker positions. Carter is better adjusted to his leadership role among this group. Carter is going to show the younger linebackers what it takes to play in this league at a higher level.
The offensive line is the foundation of this team as it stands right now. Center Travis Fredrick was a gem of a pick up in last year’s draft. The Cowboys struck it rich again in this season’s draft by selecting guard Zack Martin. Martin will be joining Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau in what will prove to be the best line Tony Romo has ever had around him. At 34, Romo has matured and he finally has a supporting cast around him so he will not need to win every game by himself.
The running backs, DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar and, I am projecting, Ryan Williams to win that coveted third spot are also going to have good success running the ball and catching the ball as the check down men.
The tight ends and wide out will distract other defensives so much, that they will feel the Tsunami effect when they are being mauled by a charging mass of offensive linemen and a solid group of talented running backs.
This is going to be a great season Cowboy fans. Get ready to see the Tidal Wave coming from both the offense and defense units as they approach the 2014 season with a completely new team and a whole different attitude.
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