OXNARD, Calif. -- Part 2 of the Dallas Cowboys' Twitter mailbag is ready.
In it we discuss:
The expectations for DeMarcus Lawrence.
The expectations for the defense.
The offensive line demeanor.
The injury bug.
If you want to see Part 1, click here.
Away we go:
@toddarcher: Ten always seemed like an unrealistic number because only the rare players reach those heights as rookies. DeMarcus Ware had eight as a rookie and four came in his last two games. It just takes time for these guys as rookies. Now add an injury into the equation, which will cost him practice time and hurt his conditioning, and I think the expectations need to be ratcheted down. I think when he comes back the Cowboys will use him mostly as a designated pass-rusher and not on first and second down as much. I wasn't a guy who had him with 10 sacks as a rookie. I think six would have been a great season. He could miss anywhere from three to six games, so I'd knock that down to four and say he had a good rookie year when you factor in the injury. Tyron Smith mean, but I wouldn't want to have to go up against him either. Travis Frederick isn't mean, but he's tough. You can say the same about the other guys. Bill Parcells said the best teams take on the personalities of their offensive lines. Well, these guys are hard-working, professional and will fight. Those are all good traits. I think this line will be the best the Cowboys have had since 2007 when Flozell Adams, Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode deservedly went to the Pro Bowl. Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo played at high levels too. The demeanor of this group isn't nasty or mean, but it is smart and tough. I'd take that.
Demarcus Lawrence said 10 sacks. Now that he's injured that's very unlikely. What should be his expectations now? #cowboysmail— Nolan (@Nolan_Fowler22) August 1, 2014
@toddarcher: Is it more than most? Because there is such a focus on the Cowboys I think we lose sight of the fact that every team has injuries in camp. Losing Lawrence is their worst injury, but the rest of them that have been suffered are typical aches and pains of camps. The key is to avoid season-ending injuries or injuries that will cost players significant playing time. I do think there is an element of luck involved. They have altered their training work this offseason, so they're trying to do some things different. As Jason Garrett says, the good teams overcome injuries. Sometimes I do believe the Cowboys bank on health as a reason why things will improve, which is wrong. They should take a half-empty look at the injury situation so they are better prepared. They might not lose as many defensive linemen or linebackers this year, but the numbers might hit at different spots.
#cowboysmail Cowboys seem to have a rash of injuries every year, more than most teams. Coincidence, bad luck, training issues?— Brian Felts (@terrors89) July 31, 2014