Inside The Birds NFC East Pre: Cowboys Offense “Has A Lot Of Weapons”
With the start of NFL training camps creeping closer, it’s time to take a closer look at each of the Eagles’ division rivals.
On the latest edition of the Inside The Birds podcast, Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan begin their four-part series previewing the NFC East, joined by special guest Greg Cosell to break down each team, starting with Dallas.
Greg Cosell: “Dak Prescott has been a quarterback that’s improved incrementally each and every season he’s been in the league. I think that there will always be some questions, and I’ve talked to coaches about this, about his consistent ball placement. He’ll miss a few throws here and there. But I think you look at his toughness, his competitiveness, his ability to make plays with his legs at times. This is a team that has weapons. They’ve got three quality wideouts so given that I’d expect them to be in a lot of 11 personnel with three wide receivers.”
Dan Quinn’s defense
Cosell: “As you watch Dan Quinn evolve over time, you saw a lot more man coverage and you saw a lot more pressure. So we don’t know exactly what he will do but he’s basically a 4-3 guy, that’s what their front will be. They focused all their attention in the draft on defense, because their defense was not very good last year. We know Micah Parsons will start, Kelvin Joseph was their second-round pick out of Kentucky, he was an LSU transfer, he had first-round talent. He just had some issues. He was kicked out of LSU. So, we know that he’s got some issues but he’s a really talented corner.”
Cosell: “[Left guard] Connor Williams has struggled at times throughout his career, he was a second-round pick in 2018, he was a tackle in college, they moved him to guard. There are times he struggles, the tape tells you that, but he’s their left guard. I think they feel really good about their [O-Line] if they’re healthy. Their concerns have always been about health.”
Cosell: “They’ve got some questions because you know they have new players and there’s always questions when you have new players. With the secondary, [Trevon] Diggs is going to start at one corner, and we know that Joseph was drafted in the second round to start at the other corner. Whether he can do that and do it well as a rookie, that remains to be seen. I love his talent. He’s got NFL talent, but he’s a rookie and hasn’t played in the NFL yet. So they do have some question marks on their defense for sure and it was not a very good defense a year ago, that’s why Mike Nolan’s not there.”
Cosell: “I don’t think last year was as good as his year before quite honestly but he is a talented guy. He can run, he’s big, people tend to forget that he is 245 pounds so he’s a big guy. My guess is he will come back and be better this year […] He was used in different ways [last year]. He was used as a pass rusher a lot and they have to decide now how they want to use him best. He’s a stack player that can run and cover a lot of ground”
– Justin Morganstein (@jmotweets_) is a staff contributor to InsideTheBirds.com
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