DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
In any NFL draft there will be some suprises that will turn some heads. The 2012 draft proved no different, but the first two pick were no brainers. Everyone knew that Andrew Luck would go to the Indy Colts. And Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III would be a Washington Redskins. No defensive players were picked in the first 5 picks. And St. Louis was on the clock. So were the Dallas Cowboys, who saw a player that fills a need in the defensive secondary. A shut down cornerback, which they so need to replace Terrance Newman. The price to move up cost the Cowboys the their first and second round picks to St. Louis. What the Pokes got back is a dream of a cornerback. Morris Clairborne from LSU, the top defensive player in the draft. Add Clairborne witn Brandon Carr, Mike Jenkins, and Orlando Scandrick, the Pokes secondary improved 10x. Looking back at last year, the Cowboys defense let many close games slip away because the defense could not hold down the opposing teams. Now defensive coordinator Ron Ryan has the players in place to do what he wants. Plus, the team speed has improved too. Another reason why the Cowboys defense will improve, especialy in the secondary.
The business of football in the off season never ends. I saw that first hand when i went to Waco to cover Robert Griffin III NFL day. I attended another event where the football machine keeps going. The University of Alabama had their football caravan come through Dallas. They are cranking up the interest in the September 1 college football kickoff game between the National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide and Michigan at Cowboys Stadium. Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban was speaker, and he capivated the crowd with stories on how he came up the ranks to get where he is today. He event had some good words for Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, which he worked with when Nick was with the Miami Dolphins. Nick also was an assistant at New England under Coach Bill Belichick, which he learned the process of winning. He memtioned that Cowboys fans should be paitent with Coach Garrett, which he was amazed by his football knowledge. Like I mentioned, football is no longer a game that ends with a team being crowned champions that night. Every aspect of the game, recruiting, player evaluations, promoting, and players keeping in shape for training camp, is a year round process which the end result could be a championship tittle come next January.