It’s okay that the Cowboys didn’t sign Nnamdi Asomugha. I promise. If Rob Ryan does his job this year, they should be fine at corner. A little pressure goes a long way in making the secondary look better. Of course, the Cowboys need to lock down a couple of safeties, like yesterday. The idea of going into the season with AOA or Church starting is fairly terrifying. At this point in their careers, it’s doubtful either one would be that much of an improvement over Alan Ball. However, the Cowboys would’ve been facing this problem even if they had gotten Nnamdi, and, in fact, the addition of the former Raider probably would’ve made things worse. At least now they have the resources to sign two safeties.
A lot is being made of this on the Eagles’ side of things. Apparently, the addition of Nnamdi has put them over the top and they are now a sure fire bet to win the Super Bowl. Let’s tap the breaks on that a little. Sure the Eagles are a good team, but perhaps we are overrating this corner that has eleven career interceptions — eight of those came in one season, by the way. Certainly his low pick totals are partly due to teams not throwing to his side, but three interceptions in four years is a pretty low total regardless. The other thing worth mentioning is that Nnamdi will now be thrust into the spotlight like he’s never been before. This isn’t the AFC West. Gone are the days of teams avoiding him out of fear. I seriously doubt that the Cowboys are going to stay away from Dez or Miles just because Nnamdi is covering one of them. Welcome to the NFC East, Mr. Asomugha. Which one of our beastly wide-outs would you like to tangle with today?
Bringing back Marcus Spears was one of the smartest things the Cowboys have done this off-season. He’s not flashy, but he’s been solid in his time with the Cowboys. Plus, the money that Bowen was given by the Redskins was absolutely insane. With Spears and the signing of Kenyon Coleman, Rob Ryan’s approach is becoming a bit more clear. It appears that they will focus on stopping the run with their ends, while bringing pressure from every else on the field. Spears’ teammates were excited to hear the news of his return.
Mac Engel thinks that it’s time to give up on Martellus Bennett. I’ll look past Engel giving Parcells a C- for drafting Marcus Spears — someone needs to remind Mac that the Cowboys no longer play a 4-3 — and agree with the rest of this. Marty B doesn’t get it. He’s occasionally funny, but his antics mostly come across as annoying. Especially since he’s never done anything on the field.
I’ll finish up with Rob Ryan this morning. Look, for a very, very long time, I’ve hated the name Ryan. Buddy is up there on my list of hated Cowboys’ rivals, and, trust me, that is a long and reviled list. However, I’m getting pretty excited about Rob. After Wade, this team needed a little edge. Anytime an NFL coach’s name is associated with the word Cupcake, he’s probably in trouble. Ryan is basically the polar opposite of Wade. One thing is for certain, they will not be vanilla and boring on defense this year.