Cowboys New-Look Secondary Draws Special Assignments In First Two Weeks

Naturally, the revamped Cowboys secondary will be leaned upon heavily to defend the honor of their fans in Week One against the hated Giants.  What more do you need to get your blood boiling than Eli Manning fist pumping after throwing a TD strike?  Or Victor Cruz salsa dancing beyond a beaten Cowboys defender after putting six points on the board?  Admittedly, the Giants are one of the last teams Cowboys fans would prefer to throw a green rookie cornerback and a first-time starter at safety into the ring against.



  • Special Assignment #1:  Shut-down (shut-up) the Class Clown

The abrupt grueling assignment against the Giants’ flight crew has been well known since the 2012-13 schedule was released.  Beyond the typical dangers within the Giants passing game lurks a very familiar face with an even more familiar big mouth.  Not only will Dallas fans call on their secondary to hold down the vaunted Giants vertical game, there will also be a special call to silence the infamous Martellus Bennett.

It’s nothing new for many Dallas fans to view Marty-B as a thorn in their side.  But September 5th will mark the first occasion the former class clown will bounce around the opposing sideline.  And the last thing folks in silver and blue ever want to witness is Marty B ripping through the new secondary and prancing around with a childish grin shaking his finger to “I told you so!”

Not only must the new starters be aware of the difficult challenge they face spread out wide in the New York offense, but the 6’6 nuisance lugging along the middle of the field needs to be contained with authority.  This may be Barry Church’s first assignment against some of the Giants’ multiple formations. Let’s hope Church atones himself well right from the get go and sets a stern tone for the rest of the season.



  • Special Assignment #2: Keep the Popcorn Stale

Yeah, I know, the Seattle Seahawks 22nd ranked passing offense in 2011 was a far cry from the Giant’s 5th ranked aerial unit.  Matt Flynn is no Eli Manning under center.  For that matter, this will be Flynn’s first NFL season as a starting quarterback.  Top receiver Sidney Rice hasn’t broken 500 yards receiving since 2009.  In 2011, Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin combined for just over 1,650 yards and 9 TD’s total between the 3 of them.

Still not shaking in your Cowboy boots?  Well guess who just arrived in Sea-town…none other than Terrell “Get Your Popcorn Ready” Owens. And word from Seattle says he ran a 4.45 40 yards and is looking crisp in his routes.  With the limited talent sitting in front of him at WR, I fully expect T.O. to get some work in against the Cowboys in their home opener.

What’s the only thing worse than Martellus Bennett exploding during Week One in New York for substantial yards and a TD or two?  The answer is simply Terrell Owens accomplishing that same embarrassing feat in Seattle.  Whoever draws Owen’s number come Week Two, even thought they may be first-year Cowboys, that player needs to realize T.O. must not be allowed to strut his way to a strong game. No dancing, no smiling, no popcorn.  This is non-negotiable.



Cowboys fans will naturally be very excited to see how their new-look secondary stacks up against strong opposition early on.  However, it’s on the coaches and veteran teammates to inform the new faces just how critical it is to keep a very tight leash on these two former Cowboys nuisances.

Want to grace the spotlight in a very negative, embarrassing light?  Allow one of these two ex-Cowboys to score on you while wearing the star.  It’s absolutely guaranteed to be front and center on ESPN for the entire following week.  Certainly not an ideal way to kick-off the latest portion of a career as starting members of the Dallas defense.  Carr, Church, and Claiborne…this one goes out to you guys…always defend the star.

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  • californy

    I am a big time Cowboys fan but I am a typically differnt type of fan. I dont buy into disrespecting your opponets or ex players. I dont believe in the trash talk, that never been part of who I am. I am a realist, I may tend to trash talk my own team more because I want them to do well. I could care less about the other team and seldon do I care what they do. I like to believe if we control our business on the field we will win the game I have always believe it our action who defines who we are today. I dont buy the talk that come from The Cowboys camp for the most part. I see the talk as propoganda to sell uniforms and tickets. I already see this draft as a dissapointing one already. I know it take a couple of years to evaluate a draft, but base on past experience you can pretty much see the forest through the trees and see who the player are. Crawford will be the best player out of this draft for this year. Claiborne is no where ready otr the player they though they were going to get. Carr is the real deal. The OL is a mess, we are in serious problem there. What even worst is the decision making of this franchise. JJ & JG lack of activity to address the OL and Center and Guard issue is really going to come back to bite us. Holland was the best player last weekend who we didnt signed, Loper is a total waiste of a spot. Dockery has a history of being a good player but that may be in the past. The talk about finding a back up Center and doing nothing about it disturb me. Why would you consider looking for a back up Center when your center is rank in the mid 50th in talent at his position. Bernardeau is rank 55thh best Guard and he may be rank 60-100 in talent as a center, but why take a step backward. I know all of this sound bad and it is, but here is what the boys must do to correct some of the situation.
    I may trash on the boys but I do it with real honesty, but I always offer alternatives to their current situation. The center spot hire Gurode or Jason Brown to be your Center. The Guard position signed Holland with incentives base on playing, cut Loper and Arkin. The CB position trade Micheael Jenkins when he is healthy for Aqib Talib CB, pick up or CB release by NE, AZ, and Seattle. The RB position trade felix Jones to NO for RB Chris Ivory. This will not solve all of the team problem but will address part of some of the issue.
    The Interior of the OL should be Levy Adcock, Gurode or Jason Brown and Holland. McQuistan become the swing tackle. I would demote Costa to back up or cut him. I would cut Parnell. i would place leary on Practice squad or put him on IR bad knee let him heal up and see him next year. I would cut Nagy and see where Kolwaski is at and make him the back up Center. I would put Harland Gunn On the practice Squad , I beleive he can become a good guard not center. I would consider getting McNeil from SD and then put him on IR and we will see him next year.

  • californy

    I ment to say the tree through the forest. lol

  • Cowboy KRS

    Danario Alexander may be let go by the Rams ,he was the last WR to torch the Giants secondary(really torch)& the last time a WR was let go fomerly Rams WR Laurent Robinson became our number 3 receiver.