Whether you are a Die-Hard – bleed blue and silver – Dallas Cowboys fan or just a casual once in a while Sunday NFL observer, It wasn’t hard to notice this past 2011 season that the Dallas Cowboy’s secondary was among the worst in the NFL.
That fact was never more evident than when a national TV audience witnessed in an all –or-nothing January 2nd game – WR Victor Cruz’s 74 yard TD catch and run, leaving a past his prime CB Terrence Newman and the Cowboys secondary behind him, all the way to Indianapolis and a stunning NY Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory.
Since that January 2nd game the Cowboys have made some necessary improvements in an attempt to Improve Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense and their 23rd ranked secondary.
First they hired defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson on January 12th to replace the often confused old defensive backs coach Dave Campo.
Their biggest move however came on Tuesday March 13th, the first day of free agency, the Cowboys began the day by releasing two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman and later replacing him with top rated free agent cornerback Brandon Carr.
Carr started all 64 games of his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, recording eight interceptions, four in his career season of 2011. He only allowed a 46 percent completion rate on the plays in which he was targeted last season, and gave up just three touchdowns while defending 15 passes.
The following day the Cowboys added yet another free agent piece to the secondary puzzle in former NY Jets free safety- Brodney Pool.
Pool’s best days are ahead of him as he’s only started one full season, a 58-tackle, 2-interception campaign with the Browns in 2007. Pool, who is very familiar with Ryan’s Cover 2 scheme will fit in nicely with Carr in the new and improved Cowboys’ secondary.
In fact, the Cowboys wanted to sign cornerback Brandon Carr so badly that his courtship began just minutes after the 3 p.m. Tuesday opening of free agency.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and new secondary coaches Jerome Henderson and Joe Baker Immediately jumped into a car and headed right to the airport in hopes of bringing Brandon Carr back to Dallas.
Thanks to these necessary improvements to the Dallas Cowboys once weak secondary, we as fans should all be patiently waiting for the next Dallas Cowboys Carr Pool which hopefully this time leads straight to New Orleans and a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.