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May 27, 2008

Zach Thomas up to 240 pounds

Zachthomas_2  Linebacker Zach Thomas believes the 3-4 defense is the best-fit scheme for him and something he played well in during his last three years in Miami. Thomas is also changing his body in Dallas. He has been working with strength coach Joe Jurazsek, who was at Texas Tech when Thomas was in college, and has muscled up to 240 pounds for the first time in his career. That's well above his usual 225 pounds he played at most of his career.

''I don't want to get too big or too stiff,'' Thomas said. ''I feel good out there on the field.''

Thomas, who is 5-foot-11, says his weakside linebacker spot in the 3-4 is more protected that you would think. Fullbacks rarely get a clear shot at the position because of the stunting on the defensive line. The weakside position was the leading tackler (Donnie Edwards) in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense in San Diego. Last year's weakside guy, Akin Ayodele, was fourth on the team in tackles which helps gives a indication why he is no longer here.

- Rick Herrin


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Living in Miami, being a Cowboys die-hard fan, and hating the Dolphins buts me in a tight spot regarding Zach. Being that Zach is from Texas and probably grew up as a Cowboy fan I have found a place for him in my heart. He should bring some really good leadership points with him. The question I have is , does anyone know if Zach suffered his concussion against the cowboys last year trying to bring down the Barbarian or was it our fullback that caused it. I was at the actual game and still have not figured out.

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