I think he is looking for a marrying of the two... I haven't seen any tools out there, but it sounds like a good idea to me.
All the common passwords are already hashed out... you try your small set of tables first... proceed to other methods if that doesn't work.
Is that so hard to understand? Is that pointless? T_Stark is new to security, so he is thinking outside the box... because he doesn't know what the box is!
Then again, maybe T_Stark is confused...