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Changes Coming for Cowboys’ Secondary in Week 12 Against Patriots?

and poor play could force the into making a few changes to their heading into Week 12 against the . There's no easy answer as to how they should combat these problems, but whatever they decide to do could have a huge impact on not only the outcome of this game, but the rest of the season.

The first thing the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to figure out is what to do now that has landed on the with a triceps . Fortunately No. 30's injury doesn't impact the starters seeing as how he was demoted to fourth on the a few weeks ago in favor for . But, he was still a valued member of the secondary nonetheless.

The Cowboys have been fortunate to have a player like Anthony Brown on the roster these past several years. His starting experience on both the outside and in the nickel would've been invaluable as the fourth CB on the depth chart, but the Cowboys no longer have that luxury. Hopefully the top three in , , and Jourdan Lewis can remain healthy, because if not anyone they bring in to replace AB is going to be a drop off in talent.

Anthony Brown's injury is of course concerning, but maybe not quite as much as what's going on right now at strong for the Dallas Cowboys. With out the last couple of games the play at SS has dropped off pretty significantly. I know a lot of has been asking for No. 38 to lose his starting job for a while now, but you have to be careful what you wish for.

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Darian Thompson has been the fill in with Jeff Heath out the past few games with a shoulder injury, but his play has been less than stellar, and that's putting it nicely. He was solid in Week 10 against the , but was somewhat of a liability last week against the . Anyway you look at it though he's been a pretty big downgrade from Jeff Heath.

Things of course could improve if Jeff Heath can return to the starting lineup this week in time to take on the New England Patriots, but that's no sure thing right now. That could force the Dallas Cowboys into starting Darian Thompson once again, but his poor play could cause them to go a different direction as well.

It might actually be time for the Dallas Cowboys to finally turn to the former Texas A&M safety, . His impressive play in the turned him into a fan favorite, but the staff has yet to award him with the opportunity to make an impact in a regular-season game.

In such a big game, against one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the position (), the Cowboys may be reluctant to turn to a rookie though. A dark horse candidate to fill in may be former Safety, . He fits the mold more of a and has starting experience in the league, but even he is somewhat of an unknown.

As you can see, the Dallas Cowboys may be stuck between a rock and a hard place with the decisions they have to make about the current situation they find themselves in with their secondary. Jeff Heath returning to the starting lineup would fix most of this, but if he's unable to go once again whatever decision Dallas comes to could have a lasting impact.

Do you think change is coming for the Dallas Cowboys secondary?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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Wayne Young

OMG, sign Eric Berry already!

Jonathan Young (@jwiy)

Start Donovan Wilson, ENOUGH SAID

Jonathan Young (@jwiy)

Start Donovan Wilson

Mr. Football

This could be Brady bounce back game, if the Cowboys defense continue to struggle. Hopefully, the Lions game got the Defensive coaches attention to get the job done against the Patriots

Peter Matarazzo

Obviously we need to make whatever adjustments are needed for this game, but how many more seasons are going to pass until we adequately address safety ? Enough is enough. Byron Jones and Chido are not exempt here– where are the plays on the ball ? INT’s ?

Garrett N Smith

Jeff Heath is a place holder. If they would use the talent they have. Jones was on the radar as a draft prospect, and he just did not fit in green bay. The staff refuses to give D. Wilson a shot, even in small doses. Until they trust and utilize the talent they possess, they will stay subpar on defense. I know people like his story and call him the goat, but he is who he is. This is when the team should be giving Jones and Wilson a chance. As if the safeties gold get any worse!


Coaches need to work these players hard this week, in order to evaluate the best player available. Concentrate on their reads, reactions, and response. Not a lot of hitting, just a lot of running.
Coach em up guys

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