Youth, experience up-front give the Cowboys options in the fourth quarter.
Glover Settling In Nicely with New Role
When Ferguson -- another former "Parcells guy" from their days together with the New York Jets -- came aboard, many assumed Glover would be slowly removed from the Cowboys' defensive plans. That's not the case. Glover is expected to start in the middle against the Chargers Sunday, although Ferguson also should get ample playing time, according to Parcells.
At the time the shift in philosophy was announced, Glover was unsure about the adjustment that was made. Now, he said, he finds himself fitting in with the Cowboys' new defensive look.
"I feel pretty comfortable in this defense now," Glover said. "I'm starting to make more plays as I understand the defense."
The Chargers, he said, have a solid offensive line, but the strength of the Bolts' blockers goes further than the sheer bulk of the group, which averages about 324 pounds per man.
"They're big, but more than that, they're really scrappy, really aggressive," Glover said. "They're a bunch of tough guys most people have never heard of, but they're a tough bunch.
One player with whom Glover (and Ferguson) will have frequent encounters Sunday is San Diego LG Toniu Fonoti, whose 6-4, 350-pound frame makes him one of the largest offensive linemen in the league. His 350 pounds actually represent a marked reduction in size, who reportedly ballooned up to 380 or more last season, earning the reputation of being a lazy player. Glover said that watching Fonoti on film does not reveal laziness.
"I don't see that at all," Glover said. "He's a huge dude, and I just see him rolling people up, especially on the run. If he gets his hands on you, you're in trouble."
Of course, Fonoti is not the focal point of the defensive game plan against the Chargers. With all due respect to QB Drew Brees, who had a terrific season in 2004, the man who makes the San Diego offense go is RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Glover said it doesn't matter whether he or Ferguson is in the middle of the Dallas defensive line when it comes to altering Tomlinson's effectiveness.
"He's an incredible runner," Glover said. "We have to make sure to get a lot of hats around him and really swarm him. We'll see how it comes out Sunday."
CowboysHQ.com Recommended Stories
Michigan: Brandon Resigns, Hackett Interim AD
Michigan President Mark Schlissel officially announced the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon Friday. Schlissel appointed Jim Hackett as the interim AD with the plan moving forward to hire…Read More
Hoops: Where are the Top Recruits Going?
The initial basketball signing period begins in less than two weeks and there are currently 22 players in Scout.com's 2015 top 100 still uncommitted. Who are those 22 players considering and who will…Read More
Catch Big Fall Bass on Natural Lakes and Rivers
Check out some great tips for bass fishing up north as the water cools on its way into winter. There is some great fishing to be had right now before it gets too cold.Read More
10 Creepy Trail Cam Pics For Halloween
Most of us would prefer to be sitting in our treestand on Halloween, waiting for a rutting buck to wonder past, than following our kids from house to house scrambling for treats. Here are a 10 spooky…Read More
2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
We're at the halfway mark of the NFL season, so here's our first crack at a mock draft. Hey, Oakland Raiders, you're on the clock!Read More
- MNF GAMETHREAD: Redskins@Cowboys | Oct.27,2014 | 730PMCT | ESPN
- TheProph warned that this could happen....
- What your screen name mean? ( slow Sunday )
- Joseph Randle: Thought his arrest was a joke
- LOL at Romo Criticism