IRVING, Texas -- Part 2 of the Dallas Cowboys' Twitter mailbag is ready.
In it we discuss:
When should people take the Cowboys seriously?
DeMarco Murray's future
DeMarco Murray's health
Anthony Spencer's work
Korey Toomer's snaps
If you want to see Part 1, click here.
Away we go:
@toddarcher: Great question, Scott. I don't have a good answer. Maybe people are trained to believe evil is lurking around every corner considering how the past few seasons have gone. For me, I think it will be a season-long wonder. At the beginning of the season I predicted them to be 2-2 after the first four games, so I don't know what I'm waiting for. I have some skepticism about the defense. They are doing better in moments, but they are not wholly different than last season. And they will play better offenses as the season goes on. I do believe that they need to stack wins up now, gain a belief, and that can carry them more than I (or many) thought. To me, it's a little like the 2003 season. Nobody had great expectations for that team, but they finished 10-6 and made the playoffs after starting the season with a 5-1 record.
@toddarcher: I've advocated them signing Murray to a long-term deal, but nothing crazy. Nothing he has done has really swayed my mind obviously, but I would still hold firm to the nothing crazy. Maybe I'm wrong to think that way, but I don't see any team handing out huge money for running backs in free agency. There is no need for the Cowboys to raise the price when they could be the best bidders. I've been in the $4 million average range and I would keep it about there. There might not be a rush on Murray's end, either. If he can continue this way, then he will make out. I don't believe there is a set number of 100-yard games that would increase (or start) talks with Murray's agent. The Cowboys know what Murray is and can be. The problem he has is he plays a de-valued position. I wonder if there are some inside the organization who believe Joseph Randle can put up good numbers with this offensive line.
@toddarcher: I will refer back to my answer above a little bit. The position is de-valued, so maybe there is a thought to just use him up and spit him out. That sounds cruel and I'm not advocating that, but it's at least a thought. For years we have wondered why the Cowboys don't give Murray the ball more, and now we're wondering if they're giving it to him too much. The Cowboys and Murray have to be honest with each other in terms of how much they use him and how well he feels. He is saying he feels fine, so as long as he's feeling fine, roll with him. Give Randle some work, like they did last week, but I don't think you will see anything close to an even split. If the Cowboys ever get big leads or are far behind, then I think they need to be smart and rest Murray at times.
@toddarcher: I thought Spencer was OK. He was credited with three tackles and a pressure in those snaps. He played left and right defensive end. He was solid, which was a good sign. There was a little rust there, but that is to be expected. The good thing is he didn't look lost. He was able to get a feel for the game. If he can get into that 25-35 snap range as the season progresses, I think the Cowboys will be happy. I'm not sure they give him a starting role until the second half of the season, if at all. He can be a guy who can help on third downs and get after the quarterback.
@toddarcher: There is always a friction between coaching and scouting when it comes to players. Coaches want to go with the players they know. They can trust them more to do what the scheme says. The scouts want to see the new talent they have added. Toomer can run. I was surprised that he did not play vs. St. Louis and practice-squad call-up Keith Smith did. With Bruce Carter out this week, Toomer will be active. He has played on special teams, but has yet to see a defensive snap. If something happens against the Texans, I think you will see the Cowboys use Toomer. I would bet on it. I can't give you a good feel for his long-term potential, but I know the Cowboys like his athleticism. They need linebackers who can run, and he can run.