In 2011, the Dallas Cowboys secondary fell flat on its face, and cost the team 4 out of 5 losses in the final few games of the season.
Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, Rob Ryan, and newly hired secondary coach Jerome Henderson have committed themselves in solving the problem, and making this defense more competitive as the 2012 season fastly approaches us.
Names such as newly signed free agent Brandon Carr, and top draft choice Morris Claiborne have been receiving the most attention here in the offseason, but everyone has seemed to forgot newly acquired free agent Brodney Pool.
Pool, whom has played under both Ryan and Henderson while in Cleveland ( 2009 ), and then played under Rob’s brother Rex in New York for the past 2 seasons. Pool has experience playing both strong and free safety, something Ryan prefers in his safeties playing in his defensive scheme.
And even though Brodney only signed a 1 year deal, he is penciled in as the starting strong safety for the upcoming season, where he will be teaming up with Gerald Sensabaugh, who also plays strong and free safety as well, making these two interchangeable, and possibly having them switching back and forth, confusing the opposing quarterback.
Pool replaces incumbent 2011 starter Abram Elam, who became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Elam was solid at best, starting all 16 games, but only came away with 68 tackles, and no pass breakups or interceptions. And with Elam turning 30 during the season, the Cowboys were looking for someone a tad younger, better coverage skills, and most importantly, better hands. Pool, 27, seems to bring more youth and speed, and with 13 interceptions in his 7 year career, may possess the better hands as well.
Of course he will have some camp competition in Barry Church, and 2012 4th round pick Matt Johnson, and Pool wouldn’t want it any other way, but when it comes down to naming the starters for the new season, don’t be a bit surprised to see Brodney Pool’s name in the lineup, even if he did fly under the radar when the free agent period began.