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    The Problem With Old Greats

    If there is anything I've learned over the years being a Cowboys fan it's this, you don't win championships with another team's talent.

    We've seen it many times in Dallas in this 12 year post-season drought, with the remarkable exceptions likely being either or ; both current players. We have seen good come from these worn out vets, like Romo stepping in for Bledsoe and not only shocking this fan nation back to life, but doing so after learning from an intelligent and once very solid .

    Even when Romo took over for him, it wasn't because Drew had forgotten how to play like it appears has, and it wasn't because he never did anything great. He was a recycled quarterback from Parcels glory days. And he wasn't the only one that “The Tuna” brought in.

    I guess Big Bill thought quarterbacking was like , even past the expiration date, cheese can still be good. I don't think Bledsoe or Testaverde were ever comparable to even something like cottage cheese while in Dallas, but they weren't so bad that they single handedly caused seasons to go down the drain.

    I mean look at , how many times has he been written off since that famed season with the Rams in which he led them to a victory, unlike last night as the Cardinals top guy. Yet there he was last night, and nobody was saying, “if Warner can limit his mistakes, they'll have a shot.” In fact, the worst I heard said about him was from John seconds after the 45 yard completion to Boldin, and it was simply a comment about his ability to throw it deep when he has enough time in the pocket.

    Again, it's less about not taking players well beyond any ability, but taking players that have made a career, a long career, in another city is just not working out too well across the league.

    So the talk of picking up players like and just sounds like more of the same, and we all know how that's been so far. I was for the Peppers at first, but only when I figured there was a chance he'd stick with a spot. As time goes by it becomes clearer that he wants be a and switch to a 3-4 and the OLB spot.

    The problem for the Cowboys there is simple though; Ware isn't going anywhere anytime soon. is going to compromise his ability to fill other holes on the team to make sure of that. So that leaves the left side where Ellis and Spencer are currently. Spencer is up and coming still, as long as he stays healthy, and has much more upside than Peppers does at this point, and Ellis would likely contemplate suicide before quitting the team if Peppers were signed. That is a distraction that none of us need, let alone these .

    And let's say we do sign Peppers and figure out a way to make the whole Peppers-Ellis-Spencer thing work out, you're going to get maybe 4 or 5 years out of Peppers. The same thing goes for Ray Lewis really.

    You'd get a few years out of him and there's no telling how he'd play. A backup has never been the leader of a team with any positive outcome, not even . The one thing that the Lewis has going for it is our need for a good inside , whether Thomas and leave or not.

    But perhaps the biggest gamble when another teams long standing talent is their ability to adjust. Most of the top players that the media is rumoring and drooling over are on teams that have had consistent coaching, meaning one coach for most of their career and in a system that changed little, if at all.

    Suddenly you want to take a guy like Lewis, who is practically a house-hold name as power LB, and throw him into a new . Sure, there may be some similarities and overall you'd expect a team to make some accommodations for a guy like that, but then you're also changing what you've been teaching your guys, some of them too young and inexperienced to handle changes like that right away.

    Look at Owens, who has been very vocal about his desires to use more of a west coach , his bread and butter before joining the Eagles. And even they used him in a similar way, unlike Garrett and Parcels have since he joined Dallas. He was great before coming to Dallas and that's why he was signed, but he hasn't adjusted to this offense well enough to be great again. By great, I mean that a 1,000 yard season shouldn't be a surprise or even worth mentioning.

    All in all, while there is something to be gained from seasoned veteran , it's just another project in the long run. Hasn't the Cowboys' “long run” been long enough?

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    Bryson T
    Bryson Thttps://insidethestar.com/
    Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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    BIG RON

    OLD VETS, YES WE NEED SOMEONE LIKE A RAY LEWIS TO PUT GUYS LIKE TO,ROMO,AND COACH”S IN THERE PLACE, SHIT THE OWERS CANT, GOOD LEADERS LEAD GOOD FOOTBALL TEAMS WE NEED AN OLD VET ON ‘D’ TO LEAD, RAY COULD DO IT AND TAKE US WHERE WE NEED TO BE SORRY THATS MY STORY AND IM CLUED TO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bryson Treece

    Problem with that is you don’t bring in a leader. A leader is someone that’s already there when he becomes the leader. It’s likely that TO was considered a leader in San Fran, I’ll have to check. Lewis coming here might cause more problems than TO being here simply because players won’t like him being brought in as their leader without first being their teammate.