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Moving Tyrone Crawford To Defensive End Is A Mistake

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Moving Tyrone Crawford To Defensive End Is A Mistake

It has been rumored this off-season that the Dallas Cowboys are toying with the idea of moving Tyrone Crawford to defensive end due to Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence’s pending four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The depth at the defensive end position is a concern, so Crawford’s possible position switch is understandable. First off, I’m in favor of doing anything that will help out the defense overall, but Crawford’s potential move to defensive end concerns me a little. Actually, it concerns me more than a little. I’ll go as far as saying that I think it would be a mistake and I’ll attempt to explain why.

It has been rumored this off-season that the Dallas Cowboys are toying with the idea of moving Tyrone Crawford to defensive end due to Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence‘s pending four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The depth at the defensive end position is a concern, so Crawford’s possible position switch is understandable.

First off, I’m in favor of doing anything that will help out the defense overall, but Crawford’s potential move to defensive end concerns me a little.

Actually, it concerns me more than a little. I’ll go as far as saying that I think it would be a mistake and I’ll attempt to explain why.

Okay, so here’s the problem I have with moving Tyrone Crawford to defensive end to help out with the depth during the first four weeks of the season while Gregory and Lawrence are serving their suspensions. The problem now is that you have to have a replacement at the 3-tech with Crawford now moving to defensive end and I’m just not sure if I like the idea of all of that shuffling along the defensive line.

To me, it’s much like what would happen if the Cowboys had to replace one of their  offensive tackles. Would they choose to move Zack Martin or La’el Collins to help compensate? I wouldn’t think so because then you’re changing up two of your offensive lineman and I think it’s kind of the same thing on the defensive side of the ball.

I think it just messes with continuity and the familiarity players get when playing next to one another. It may be a little different on the defensive side of the ball, but players still get a feel for working with each other and how to play off of one another.

So, I think the question is whether or not Maliek Collins is ready to be a starter at the 3-tech for Crawford as a rookie?

Cowboys Headlines - Moving Tyrone Crawford To Defensive End Is A MistakeOf course, there is no way of knowing the answer to this question just yet, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was elated when the Cowboys drafted Collins in the third round and even stated that he fits the position to a T. Unfortunately, we will have to wait to see how he performs in practices and preseason once the pads go on.

Personally, I would really like to keep Crawford as the 3-tech because I think he can be a difference maker putting pressure on the quarterback from the interior of the defensive line, especially with the addition of Cedric Thornton.

Crawford managed 35 tackles and five quarterback sacks in 2015, despite playing the majority of the season with a shoulder injury that required off-season surgery.  I really think he can be a disruptive player if 100% healthy and will help out whatever defensive end is playing next to him.

The Cowboys have Ryan Russell, Jack Crawford, Charles Tapper, Benson Mayowa, and possibly David Irving as options to play defensive end for the first four games of the season. I would personally give every opportunity to these players before making the decision to move Tyrone Crawford.

Tyrone Crawford does have the position flexibility to play defensive tackle and defensive end. He played DE in college at Boise State and the first couple of seasons with the Cowboys before finding a home at the 3-tech.  So, that is why it is understandable he is being considered as an option.

I on the other hand think it is best to keep Crawford where he is so that he can build upon the experience he gained during his first full season as the 3-tech in 2015. He is just now starting to get the feel for playing the position and should only improve with more experience.

Whatever Rod Marinelli and the rest of the coaching staff decide to do, I’m sure it will be in the best interest of the team. I will however go on record as saying that I think it would be a mistake moving Tyrone Crawford to defensive end.

What do you think? Should the Cowboys move Tyrone Crawford to defensive end in 2016?

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Keith

    May 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    I always find it hilarious when abject amateurs with no skin in the game (Brian Martin) attempt to tell professionals how to do their jobs. The Cowboys need to win as many of their first four games as possible. I have confidence that Rod Marinelli and the rest of the defensive coaches will put together a game plan that will maximize the Cowboys chances of putting pressure on the opposing QBs while limiting the ability of opposing teams to run the ball. If that means playing Tyrone Crawford some of the time or all of the time at DE, so be it. The fact is that there is a big difference between offensive line play and defensive line play when it comes to working as a unit. Offensive linemen rarely come out. Most NFL teams rotate their defensive linemen throughout the game in order to keep them fresh. Offensive success results from the line playing as a unit. Very often defensive success results from just one player making a play. It would be nice to have Tyrone play all his snaps at defensive tackle, but that may not be the optimal solution for the Cowboys first four games.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      May 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      I agree with everything you said, but I guess you missed the part where I mentioned the fact that I'm all for doing whatever is best for the defense overall. Tyrone Crawford never really made much of an impact as a defensive end before he was moved to the 3-tech, but I think he's finally starting to find a home for himself at defensive tackle. I think he's only starting to scratch the surface of his potential and I think that's why it is best for him to stay where he is at. I like the idea of getting Jack Crawford more playing time because he seemed to make impact plays when given the chance. Would Tyrone Crawford be more of an upgrade then Jack Crawford at defensive end? I'm not so sure. Also, don't discount how much continuity and familiarity can help out on the defensive line either. I agree that it is more important along the offensive line, but when it comes to running stunts and blitz packages it's good to know what your teammate is going to do in those circumstances.

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