The Dallas Cowboys coaches are counting on two unorthodox situations to provide a boost to an already potent offense. One situation is there is talk that Adam “Pacman” Jones is going to play some snaps at wide receiver. The Pacman idea is certainly more unorthodox than the other situation, which is the Cowboys are really hoping they have the comeback player of the year on the team: Terry Glenn.
With bad knees, and a ton of talent, Glenn’s contribution this year, if any, may be the most anticipated of any player on the team. He played just one regular season game last year, and wasn’t used much in the playoff loss to the Giants. But he caught a ball, and he took a hit at his knees in what The Landry Hat still considers a dirty play from a dirty Redskins player. If Glenn can return to form, then the Cowboys offense may end up being one of the best in NFL history this coming year. Without Glenn, the Cowboys will obviously have to rely more on Patrick Crayton. Fine. We’ll see. (I just don’t see how Isaiah Stanback is going to save the day).
But there is mixed messages coming out of Big D because if the coaches are truly counting on a good year from Glenn, then why would they even mention the idea of playing Pacman at wide out? There is no need to place Pacman there if Glenn is going to perform. If it is a back-up plan then keep it under wraps. Pacman may have speed, but he’s not tall. But then again, Glenn is not exactly big either. It’s very possible Pacman has similar skills to Glenn when he’s placed on the other side of the field. Just run as fast as you can and get open and make the catch.
Terrell Owens isn’t really a deep threat on this team. That deep threat is a need we thought the Cowboys might try to address in the draft. I don’t think we can count on any of the rookies in camp right now to step up and become a strong N0. 2 receiver that might shake up Crayton to put more effort into concentrating on the game than running his mouth.
I am not really that concerned about any of the situations, quite honestly. The Cowboys offense was still dominating last year. What the problem turned out to be was consistency and playing well every weekend. For the second year in a row, the Cowboys fell apart in the second half of the season. That’s coaching. That’s player mentality. That’s practice. It’s heart.
No matter who is the Cowboys second receiver, the only way they are going to be able to win in the playoffs is if each and every one of them dig deeper.