Dallas Cowboys Twitter mailbag, Part 2

IRVING, Texas – Part 2 of the Dallas Cowboys’ Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we discuss:

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Away we go:

@toddarcher: That's not a bad thought, honestly. I think it helps that Jason Garrett understands what it is like for a backup quarterback and can really get into detail how important the little things are for that job when they are called upon. But I think a lot of it depends on the player, too. Brandon Weeden doesn't have the experience that a Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna or Kyle Orton had, so I would think Garrett was a little less worried about them before they had to go in than he might be with Weeden. He just hasn't seen as much and he didn't experience much success in Cleveland. I do think the coaches and players around Weeden will help him realize he doesn't have to make it all happen. He can rely on his playmakers.

@toddarcher: I guess you haven't been checking out this blog very much. It's been addressed a ton of times and a ton of times this week. I do agree the Cowboys need to change up how they are addressing the issue. They are doing everything they can in practice with drills and making him carry the football around during stretching, but I think they need to do more than that in-game if it happens. It's a tricky deal. I get it. He's your best runner. He's arguably the MVP so far. You're not a better team with him on the bench. But those fumbles are costly and can be costly and defenses will come after him. I don't see a problem with taking him out for a series. Heck, that might get the folks worried about overworking Murray off the Cowboys' backs, too.

@toddarcher: I think it's more than that. You have to remember Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter, Justin Durant, George Selvie, Nick Hayden, Anthony Spencer and essentially Henry Melton are set to be free agents next year. That would be a lot of turnover. They would want to keep some of them, of course, but they won't be able to keep all of them. I think this defense will need another couple years of good drafting to get it up and running the way they want it to run. They will get Sean Lee back, which would be good. Morris Claiborne will be back, but he's a question mark at best with how his first three seasons have gone. They need to replenish this defensive line the way they did the offensive line. Maybe they have some pieces down the line (Ben Gardner?) that we don't know about right now, but it's going to take some time.

@toddarcher: I'll take the second part first: no trade stuff ever really came to fruition. Cowboys were quiet on that front, from what I was told. On the Joseph Randle part: I'm starting to head down that path. His arrest was just stupid, but I don't think it was worth it to be cut. The comments he made at the police station were also stupid and probably mean more inside the locker room. If Dez Bryant has an issue with Randle, then clearly the Cowboys would and should side with Bryant. Randle mad a giant error in bringing up the off-field mistakes of his teammates, as if that made his mistake not as important. That's not a good thing at all. It's up to Jason Garrett to police this and have his pulse on the locker room. Jason Witten was right in what he did on the practice field. There are too many things that happen in a game that make winning difficult. Having two teammates bicker is something that can become a distraction. If it does not go away, then Randle might have to go.

@toddarcher: It's always better to go in with low expectations so you can be surprised, but clearly the Cowboys believe DeMarcus Lawrence will make an impact. He has had three weeks of practice and his teammates have come away impressed. He looks bigger than he did in training camp, but not in a bad way. His upper body has filled out more and he said he still has his speed. In camp he looked more of a power player than speed rusher. With 10 sacks in eight games, the Cowboys will take any kind of pass-rusher. They need Lawrence in a big way and it seems like a lot to ask a rookie. If he can put up 4-5 sacks, then they would be ecstatic, but I wouldn't judge Lawrence's future based off what he does in the final eight games. I think everybody needs to be reminded that this kid was raw when he was coming out and was going to need time before he got hurt.