If AOA was cut so that they could invite Chapas to the table, it tells us several things. First, it is clear that Fiammetta cannot play this week. It also suggests that Fiammetta may not be finished for the year. If they were sure that he was done for the season, they would have just put him on Injured Reserve and kept AOA.
If Chapas is the full-time lead blocker, then Phillips will be able to return to playing TE when needed. I keep waiting for Phillips to have a big game.
It also tells us that Garrett is comfortable with Felix Jones returning kickoffs and Kevin Ogletree and/or Dez Bryant returning punts.
Perhaps most importantly, it tells us that Air Garrett may be officially grounded. I have argued in the last couple weeks that the emergence of the beast that we know as the DeMarco Murray Express has effected an enormous change in Garrett’s game-plans and play-calling.
We have more witnessed more offensive balance from Garrett in the last few weeks than we have ever seen from him as a HC or an OC. The last two weeks we have watched Garrett refuse to abandon the run even when they were losing or playing in very close games.
The fact that Garrett is bringing up Chapas to assist in the running game suggests that he wants to continue to run the football and maintain a balance offense.
I am almost afraid to pose the question: can we infer that Garrett might actually be committed to a sustained running attack? (If you heard someone giggling like a giddy school-girl at the possibility of Garrett being committed to a running game, it wasn’t me, it was SJ.)
But I am also elated at the prospect of an offense committed to pounding the rock. I am old. I know this is a new era of Quarterbacks and aerial attacks, but I still believe that you win championships by running the ball, controlling possession, winning the field-position battle, and playing solid defense.
Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Cowboys, Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Felix Jones, Jason Garrett, John Phillips, Kevin Ogletree, NFL, NFL Draft, Shaun Chapas, Tony Fiammetta