FF Brainwave 8/14
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Cowboys Offensive Struggles
Just ask FootballGuys Matt Bitonti what he thinks of the Cowboys re-shuffled offensive line (ranked them dead last to open camp), and it’s easy to understand why this group struggled in their preseason opener.
It’s not that the Cowboys lack talent but more that they have a young group being asked to move around to new spots.
While it’s only one preseason game, we need to be on alert and in particular the offensive line. Thankfully, the Cowboys brought in Bill Calahan as the offensive line coach. Calahan is regarded as a top-end line coach so he should get this unit playing well at some point.
That said, if they continue to struggle in the coming weeks we need to brace ourselves for a possible slow starter. With matchups against the Giants and Seahawks on the road, things won’t be easy for them, especially for pass protection.
If they continue to struggle DeMarco Murray will likely fall outside of my top ten running backs. With so many options at quarterback, it may be time to consider Romo as just a high QB2 with upside in up to twelve team leagues.
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Bears Offensive Line Still A Work In Progress
Much like the Cowboys situation the Bears are likely to shuffle players around, looking for the right combination on the offensive line. This area has been a problem in recent years, and could derail any hopes of Jay Cutler breakout out.
Last year the Bears passing game was helped when Mike Martz finally went away from seven-step drops to more traditional three and five-step drops. This allowed Cutler to get the football out faster and took pressure off the tackles to hold the edge as long.
I like this offense and they now have a bunch of weapons for Cutler to be a yearly top ten option in fantasy leagues. We just need to see the offensive line hold up.
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Inside Linebacker Pat Angerer Out For Extended Time
Angerer could miss month or more of the season with his foot injury. Obviously a bad sign for his IDP draft stock and the Colts defense. Indianapolis focused on providing Andrew Luck with weapons in the draft, and left the defense to be improved on in future off-seasons.
A good move for the future but this defense should struggle and without Angerer they now have a problem in the middle of the field.
Expect the Bears, Vikings, Jaguars to have some fun on the ground against this defense to open the year. Fortunately, the Colts are off week four so hopefully they will get Angerer back by week five against the Packers. This is going to be a long year for this defense and they will be one of the worst units in the league.
For IDP prospects, Angerer is still worth a late LB3 to LB4 value in tackle heavy leagues. When healthy Angerer has low-end LB1 upside in a struggling defense.
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