Josh makes the case in a post today that Adams' release was not only beneficial, but kind of necessary, if Doug Free is to develop into the player the Cowboys hope he can be. Since a rash of injuries have hit Dallas though, the move--which was generally accepted as a reasonable one at the time--has been brought into question from all sides, the thinking being, I guess, that Adams could have stayed on in an expensive back-up/insurance policy-type role.
But Jones, too, sees Adams’ release as a necessary move, and not just because of the $5 million or so they would have spent on the aging Hotel in 2010. Asked if Marc Colombo’s injury, a sprained MCL that will keep him on the shelf for 10-14 days, made him reconsider the decision to jettison Adams in a recent interview, Jerry respectfully but flatly said no, making an argument that was quite similar to the one you’ll see on this blog.
“Well, you know how much we think of Flozell Adams and what he did,” Jones said in an appearance on ESPN Radio 103.3. “I am just sick that we could never get the team that he was on at the end of the year. But, frankly, [Doug] Free needed a shot, he needed the responsibility. We call it progress-stopping, you can do anything you want to call it, but we needed to see him.”
Jones, apparently on an optimistic jag, didn’t stop there. He continued that in the clutches of the injury bug, he sees an opportunity for the team to have a look at some of the young offensive linemen. Third round pick in 2009, Robert Brewster, will start in Colombo’s absence on Saturday night against the Chargers, and rookie Sam Young has seen reps with the first team as well since the injury.
“We got a couple of newcomers coming and I’m not just dreaming here but we’ll get to see them: Brewster and Young, from Notre Dame, we get to see those guys play,” Jones said. “And frankly, of our young depth, we really need to take advantage of Colombo’s absence and see those guys. I am not uncomfortable at all with where we are with Colombo.”
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