Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) breaks a tackle of Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) and runs for a touchdown in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Must Address Secondary


Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) breaks a tackle of Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) and runs for a touchdown in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys inch closer and closer to draft day having made just a few moves in free agency thus far. The acquisition of defensive tackle Henry Melton, while an excellent move, is hardly going to cure a defense that ranked near the bottom of nearly every defensive statistical category.

While Melton fills a big hole left vacant by Jason Hatcher, and the signing of Anthony Spencer looking more and more likely, the defensive line is still far from a strength. But in the least, the situation appears far less dire than it did only a few weeks ago.

The secondary is still a position where the Cowboys should focus their efforts.

Danieal Manning was on the market for a short time before striking a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. Rumors had swirled that perhaps Dallas could be a good destination for the safety. But just as the rumors were coming out, the front office made it very clear that the Dallas defense was going to roll the dice on its young safeties.

The thought is scary, considering last year’s circus of a defensive effort, but does this truly mean that our options are the potent yet raw J.J. Wilcox, or dare I say the near useless Jeff Heath, or what about Matt Johnson? Does he even really exist?

Even the idea of having Barry Church in the secondary isn’t extremely comforting. Truthfully, he is great against the run but often seemed lost in the passing game. Perhaps, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though, considering he was probably having to compensate for his incompetent comrades.

None of this means that the Cowboys won’t scour the draft for the next Darren Woodson. Names like HaHa Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, or even Craig Loston seem like picks that could definitely fill key holes in the secondary.

The plain and simple truth is that Dallas has to seek out a playmaker. It’s completely useless to seek out Gavin Escobar in the second round at tight end (wasn’t a position of need if you didn’t know), and wait to draft a safety in J.J. Wilcox in the fourth round (Darren please come back).

Dallas has to strike early and stop worrying about drafting another receiver or, so help me, another tight end.

The moves thus far give me confidence. Now we just have to wait for the draft to know how quickly we should expect to fall from cloud nine.

Tags: Barry Church Dallas Cowboys J.J. Wilcox Jeff Heath

  • Earl Robertson

    Get those 2 safeties but if they are gone then go with a DE

  • PaulTX

    Jimmie Ward seems to do well in coverage, but he is undersized.

  • Guy Smith

    If Anyone wants to know just how bad the management of this team is, both salary and personell wise, just look at our Suckandary lately..High first rounders in Newman, Claiborne, Mike Jenkins, as well as probably Over paying for Carr, and Still Dallas has a very average suckandary At Best..

    • PaulTX

      I agree on Carr being over paid, but I have to say Claiborne and Jenkins were solid picks by JJ. Every drafted player has a chance to bust. If Jerry didn’t draft Mo or Jenkins, someone else would have in the same spot. That’s bad luck.

      And I would wait another year before casting judgment on Mo.

  • Draftmane

    Calvin Pryor comes in he would already be our best Free & Strong Safety & the way he Tackles may be our 2nd best LB ,Most vicious tackler for sure!

  • nick

    If Donalds gone get pryor ,I think him and church would be pretty good .and hopefully get Spencer back for dirt cheap.

  • John Mason

    Have to draft one of the two first rounders. They have enough third and fourth round safeties. That’s not working.

  • brian basile

    My draft wish list is Pryor/Dix 1st, Creighton/Murphy 2nd, Richardson/Dozier 3rd, Christian Jones 4th, Brad Smith 5th, trade into 6th and get Michael Schofield and if Aaron Lynch is there in seventh….Im stoked…EVERY one of these players I can see contributing right away and spot is possible….We may even be able to trade back a few spots and still get one of the Safeties, lets say with Jets and pick up a 4th..With that pick I take McCullers DT Tenn

  • Sergio Surroco

    A playmaker at the FS spot would be nice

  • Guy Smith

    Pryor would be nice if we could find a way of getting one more Second rounder and adding a DLineman and Offensive guard there.