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Safe or Out?



Safe or Out?

This seems to be the game we're playing. Desperately in need of veteran leadership the Cowboys have successfully pursued Gerald Sensabaugh, signing him to a one year deal. In his 5th season he registered 82 tackles and 4 interceptions so you can't doubt his upside, but I just have to wonder, with a history of arrests and troubled off-the-field issues is he worth it?

I mean we're trying to rebuild, we're trying to become a straight-laced team, with a clear image. It worries me, it worries me because distractions have proven costly, and without distractions this team can potentially be untouchable.

The talent is here, and he can bring a lot to us. However, I have to admit I was sort of liking the idea of moving Orlando Scandrick to Free Safety and bumping Hamlin to Strong Safety. We'll see what time brings, but Sensabaugh will undoubtedly solidify our special teams void, and possibly some good cover skills as a defensive back.

So my indecision leads me to turn it over to you, do you think that Jerry's latest move is safe, or did the cowboys strike out?

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  • Bryson Treece

    I see this move as akin to signing Tank Johnson, and that worked out fairly well while he was here. he never really caused a fuss and seemed to be a team player for the most part. It was a bit of a surprise when he started saying he wanted out, and the way he did it was in very poor taste. But again, he did well here.

    I figure Sensabaugh had some very minor traffic issues, and one gun possession charge, yet he has still been playing and doing well. I mean look at the photo you posted above … I’m interested to see what anyone can do that can get a beat like that Manning and Reggie Wayne. It warrants a look and backup spot at worst.

  • Theo

    I like the move, you are bringing in someone with experience, and you know can play, but still has upside, because he is young. I really didn’t like the move they were talking about with Scandrick for the reason that Hamlin can’t tackle to save his life, just look at the Ravens game. You need a strong safety that can tackle, so to me rushing Scandrick to FS and Hamlin didn’t make sense, now what you could do was have Scandrick feel out the FS position in the OTAs and training camp as well as reps at corner and see what happens, if he catches on great. let him work at it, and then if Hamlin doesn’t put up the numbers you want get rid of him. Sensabaugh may have had off the field issues, I think they are minor, but you have to think Campo has worked with him as well as DeCamillis, so it is not like none of the coaches have not spent any time with him, they know who this kid, so I think it will work out in the Cowboys favor.

  • Austin

    Im still stunned at the T.O move! Nothing J.J does will suprise me now

  • Craig Cotton

    I think it’s a safe move under one condition. As long as Jerry doesn’t consider it the fix at SS. We need to go into the draft for a young safety. Pegues in the 4th would be a great addition to this team, and possible a cheap answer to a position that has haunted us since Woodson left.

  • Fabio


    My username at the official site is Health Nut. I’m going to try here for a bit hoping to get a more educated class of people. I hope the people that respond on this site are actual critical thinkers with enough years watching the Cowboys (going back to the Tom Landry days) to not come up with useless dribble. Too many people, I think, confuse fantasy football with reality.

    Anyhow, this signing is a god one. Yes, he does have issues, but he is young enough to turn around those issues. He also does not get the publicity of a Pacman. That goes a long way to trying to turn someone’s life around. It is difficult to do if the press is scrutinizing every move and talking about it 24.7 on ESPN. So, I think, with the support the Cowboys have in place, he could, if he really wanted to, get on the straight and narrow.

    Of course, now that he is in Big D, the attention will be on him, but at least he comes here without the media blitz. He has some good talent and can be a player for us for a long time in terms of talent level.

    I do think that we need to keep looking because with players like him you can never be safe.


  • Bryson Treece

    That is a good point, you never really know when a player that has had trouble in the past will start having trouble again. But isn’t that the case with any player? I mean look at Roy Williams (SS), he was good for a few years, and without injury or any other reasonable cause, he just started sucking. Okay, so he didn’t adjust to the 3-4 as well as most of the others did, but even what he had been so good at before the scheme switch, which was hitting, started to suck as well.

    For Sensabaugh, I think his issues off the field were not even in the same league as Pacman Jones’ were. None of it was for drugs or seriously breaking the law. Some say he was profiled when he was busted for driving with a suspended license, which was caused by his charges for reckless driving on his motorcycle, but had he not done either he wouldn’t have been in the situation to begin with. It all comes down to choices … but I’d rather have a guy that likes to drive and hotrod a bit than a guy that likes to fight, or gets shot with his own gun *cough*.

    The only serious charge on his record is the illegal possession of a firearm … half the people I know illegally own a gun and only use it for protection … some for hunting … so I don’t think it says a whole lot about him. Kind of like Tank Williams, he had the same issue, now we’ve learned in the last few months that he isn’t much of a team player, but does one have anything to do with the other? Not really.

    I’m looking forward to drafting one of maybe 4 safeties that will be available come #51. Each is capable of starting right away, so a year or so for grooming would only be better, and Sensabaugh can safely hang onto the starting job until they’re ready. Competition is the best motivation in football.

    Welcome to DCN Fabio … seen your comments at and on the blog before, nice to have you here.

  • bags030404

    Great response Health nut! I agree with you completely! I have not seen much of this player but have heard a lot of good things. The great thing about him coming here is that he does not have to be a star! He can simply come in and be a teammate and contributor, and if he does those things he will be a 100% upgrade from the previous safety.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

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BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.

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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]


Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.

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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

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Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

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There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.

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