Safety Patrol: The Dallas Cowboys Endless Search For A Safety

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

When former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson retired from playing football back in 2004, the team desperately searched for someone to be a force in the secondary. They tried with players like Roy Williams, Ken Hamlin, and even Brodney Pool for like a day. The Cowboys even had a chance to draft Seahawk Pro-Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, but they went for a scrub player in Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Now they have a solid player at the free safety position with Barry Church, but they need help at the other spot. While Church is good at playing in coverage, he lacks the skills to be a great hitter, a skill needed in the Tampa-2 defense. Where can we find the next Woodson? Where can we just find a serviceable safety? Here are the options from free agency, the draft, and from the team itself.

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  • PaulTX

    I think we wait another year on Safety. I know I am going to get grief over this, but we just changed defense last year. Wilcox and Heath are in their second year, and Matt Johnson is just now getting healthy. No, these guys were not first round picks, but we still need to see what they can do. No denying we have a need at Safety, and if Clinton-Dix or Pryor is the best on the board at #16, I would probably take one, but if not, I try again next year.

    • Earl Robertson

      Heath is worthless!!! The guy couldn’t make a play if his life depended on it!!! To know we could have had Chancellor makes me want to throw up in face I did alittle when I remember who they pick instead of him

      • PaulTX

        Wilcox and Johnson were the other two names. I agree Heath did not play well, but keep in mind that he was a rookie and the whole defense sucked. Had he been playing on the Seahawks, he may have had a better year. Not as good as Chancellor maybe, but better than he did at Dallas.

  • Sandy Faulkner

    It depends on who is at 16, if Dix, Evans, Martin and Donald all sit at 16 then Dix wouldn’t even be considered the choice. You go with the BPA and betting Dix is somewhere ranked around the 20s on Dallas board.

    • oldtimer

      We should take Dix or Pryor at 16 and then the top rated DE at 47. There are quite a few DT’s that would fit our scheme to be had in 3-4- and 5. Round 7 should provide depth at positions of need. We can’t screw this draft up again!

  • David

    Maybe when Dallas invests a premium pick on a Safety they will have a legit one. But their philosophy on safeties has been terrible. They have wasted so many mid round picks on project players from small schools. NONE have turned into anything. Maybe some people will remember not to long ago they had the same philosophy on the O-line. They tried to address it by getting FA’s and mid to late round picks. And that philosophy did not work out well at all. Davis and Kosier were pretty good with Davis making a pro bowl but it solved nothing for the long term solution. Now that they have changed their ways and drafted Smith and Federick in the 1st rounds they have the building blocks for a great line in the future if they keep going with the same philosophy. So with the safeties I hope they can also change their philosophy as well. I dont care how good the D-line is eventually the safeties have to cover and make plays when they face the better teams in the league with very good to great O-lines. All you have to do is remember back when Ware and Spencer had the Cowboys near the top of the league in sack totals. Their safeties still sucked and they did not get far in the playoffs. Oh and by the way Church is not the FS.

    • PaulTX

      Part of the problem last year was the scheme. We have two press corners that we got with the intention of running a 3-4, not a Tampa 2. I think you will see better play from Mo and Carr if Marinelli puts them is press coverage. As much as I agree with needing a FS, I doubt Jerry will address it in the 1st round. I think he would prefer to draft a WR or DT over a FS, which quite frankly would piss me off.

      • David

        I am not as worried as the corners as I am the safeties. The Cowboys safeties would still suck on Seattle’s team.

        • PaulTX

          Sadly, this Safety thing should have been taken care of about three seasons ago. You try to get lucky on mid to late rounders when you have an aging guy or want depth, not to fill a need. I think Church is ok, but yes, the FSs would suck on Seattle, but probably have better stats because their team isn’t confused and screwed up and have the personnel set for a defense they are not playing.

    • Ashley Coonfield

      Thank you for that. Church = SS

  • Guy Smith

    Because of Melton and the other two DLine signings, Plus with Crawford and Anthony Spenser returing eventually from injury, I can see Dallas going Defensive end and Safety in the first few rounds..With all the talk about the DTackle position, who will now be the PASS RUSHER now that Ware is gone?? Scares me alot..MUST add a pass rusher, then a safety which we havent had a good one since Woodsen retired.