Cowboys' New Plan To Attack Injury Curse

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Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley (11) celebrates a touchdown with Dez Bryant (88) against the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


So what are the Cowboys doing different this season?  Their new counter-attack against the inescapable injury plague has brilliantly shifted philosophy from “next man up” to…”BEST man up”.

The key to this approach is described with two words…versatility and cross-training. Sure it’s very common for teams to employ a center who can also play guard…or vice versa.  Or even a 3-technique DT who can play the 1-technique DT in a pinch.

But how often do you find a rookie starting guard (Zack Martin) who is training to play guard, center, and tackle.  Or a recent Weakside LB (Devonte Holloman) learning all 3 LB positions to stay on the field?

Dallas no longer will be at the mercy of hoping to avoid injury, then filling in the back-up player at that specific position.  The new plan was devised to get their remaining best players at an entire position group on the field together.

DL Tyrone Crawford can play all 4 DL spots.  DE Jeremy Mincey can play 3.  DT Henry Melton (3-tech) and DT Terrell McClain (1-tech) can play both DT’s.

2 starting guards are now cross-training at center.  If Travis Frederick goes down at center, both Mackenzy Bernadeau and Zack Martin will remain on the field together, yet aligned to feature their most effective placements.

5’8, 180 Cole Beasley (slot WR) occasionally swaps spots with 6’2, 222 Dez Bryant (X-WR) in the same line-up.  Beasley playing wide at Split-End is an odd sight Cowboys fans thought they’d never see.

LB Devonte Holloman will know all 3 LB spots before Week 1.  While rookie LB Anthony Hitchens is cross-training at WLB and MLB, a tough task for a 4th rounder.

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