On Tuesday, we addressed the Cowboys biggest free agency need by doing some bargain shopping for players who can provide a boost to the defensive line. In case you missed it, you can read the full version of the article here:
In the quintessential “chicken or the egg” dilemma, I am on the side of the fence that says in order to have a stellar secondary, an equal or better pass rush is the biggest key. After all, if a quarterback has four or five seconds to scan the defense, he’s probably completing the pass. Also, if the quarterback has no fear in the pocket, he’s liable to work much differently than if he gets smacked around enough. The Al Davis adage, “a quarterback must go down and he must go down hard” still rings true to this day.
That being said, there is definitely something to be admired of a secondary that limits the opposition to short completions and finishes plays immediately with sure tackling. If you remember back to the Detroit Lions game this year, a lot of Calvin Johnson’s obscene yardage total came on some pretty dismal attempts to bring him down initially. One thing that gets overlooked about the greatness of the Seattle Seahawks secondary is that all of their corners are almost as good at tackling as they are in coverage so the few opportunities you do get are usually limited.
Part two of the Cowboys thrift shopping experience will focus on options for cheap help in the secondary. As a caveat, there are players such as the Bills’ Jairus Byrd, Titans’ Alterraun Verner or the Bears’ Charles Tillman who I would absolutely love to be Cowboys in 2014. The problem is that these teams as well as 31 others would love these guys as well and most everyone is more healthy when it comes to the cap than Dallas is. Unfortunately for Dallas, the market for defensive backs features either guys like those mentioned above who are going to get paid or guys who are available for good reason.