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Should Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

The Dallas Cowboys are extremely thin at the safety position. Fact. They haven't really brought in anyone to upgrade the position from last season. Fact. I just wanted to point that out because there's a lot of discussion as to whether or not the Cowboys need to add another safety before training camp.

I don't know where you stand on this debate or how I feel about it personally, but it's definitely something that needs to be discussed from the Cowboys end. It is the one position where there is a lot of unknown and inexperienced. If one of their current safeties were to go down with an injury and miss any time, the whole defense would suffer.

As things stand right now, Jeff Heath is the only one who will reprise his starting role on the backend of the Cowboys defense. Behind him are Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier, but knowing exactly how they fit in at this moment is completely up in the air.

Unfortunately, that's the top three safeties for the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2018 season. What's even more bothersome is their fourth might be an undrafted rookie, Tyree Robinson. I don't know about you, but I find that very concerning. But, maybe Kris Richard, the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, knows something we don't.

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach Kris Richard

Fortunately, Kris Richard was recently asked if he had any concerns about the safety position on the "Doomsday Podcast" with Matt Mosley and Ed Werder. He said he had "none".

"I'm confident. I feel really good at this point in time and it's because the level of character of our guys," he said. "We're going to get better. That's the deal because our guys are young, focused, I think the hunger's there. I love the look in their eyes. I love how everyone is buying in, is focused and paying attention to detail. It makes a difference when guys care. It makes a difference when each one wants to teach one. We're trying to build something special. We want to be tribe-like. We want to be more than a team."

It certainly sounds like Kris Richard is excited about the Dallas Cowboys current safeties. Of course, he would never just come out and say that this group is terrible or he wished they'd add Earl Thomas another available safety. That's just not how things work. He's here to coach up the guys on the roster and not worry about personnel moves.

I don't know about you, but I know I would feel a lot better if they had one more experienced safety who could come in and compete for a starting job. Maybe someone like Tre Boston or Kenny Vaccaro, who are still unsigned. Maybe make that trade for Earl Thomas? That's a dream that just won't die.

Regardless, the Dallas Cowboys need to do something to address their depth at the safety position. I don't know what their plans are moving forward, but hopefully they have a contingency plan in place. It's just smart business.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys need to add a safety before training camp?

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • Timothy Zackery

    Just as i thought from begin or free agency i wanted Eric Reid or Tre Boston, Kenny Vacarro or trade for Earl Thomas my thought hasn’t change at all. I still would love Navarro Bowman LB too.

    • Brian Martin

      Tre Boston has been the safety I’ve wanted them to add, but I think they are kind of happy with what they have right now. We’ll see how things go moving forward.

  • winstar

    I have noticed Richard saying on several occasions that he is happy with what he has. I’m also hoping Kam Kelly shows up. I got to believe if the talk in the coaches room was that there is a need then McClay would be turning the world over finding the right guy.

    • Brian Martin

      I like the Cowboys current safeties as well, but I wish there was a little more experience. There is a lot of unknown about how Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier will perform with a larger role, perhaps as a starter. And, I don’t think Kam Kelly is playing much safety. I think they have him playing mostly CB.

      • Hammer33

        I like who’s there, but. Going in with 3 is really not good for anybody. If the brought someone in that could beat out one of the projected starters then great, we have a very capable back up. Be it Heath or woods. Or that FA becomes very valuable for rotation or depth.

        I wonder if one of the FA won’t come in because they may have to compete for a starting role. All 3 of the primary available were starters. Ego may be playing a role, but it purely conjecture on my part.

        The other possibility is they like one of the starters and feel bringing in a vet could limit the progress of the other.

        Remember when Heath and Wilcox came in they let Allen go for that reason. They had one vet, church. Kept 3 rookies in Heath, Wilcox and Hamilton. Should be interesting.

        • Sexcdex Xfact


      • Sexcdex Xfact

        It’s not that I don’t feel good nor don’t trust Richard concerning the safety position,
        It’s the lack of “known depth”
        But we ARE on the outside looking in

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Very valid point

  • Stet Ross7777

    If We Don’t Add The Free Agents We Need On Defense As Follow : The Defensive Line Positions , Linebackers Positions , And , Our Secondary Position Number One Example Of A Team Who Wants To Win In 2018 The Los Angeles Rams If We Again Don’t Build Our Defense With Quality Veteran Free Agents We Will Be Heading For A 6 And 10 Record And / Or A 8 And 8 Record At Best ………. No Doubt!!!!!!!!

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Every team has revamped

      Very few, if any, has stood pact
      All the division leaders have complimented their strengths & strengthened their weaknesses

      We have to excel in personnel just to keep up not to mention prevails against them

  • Steve

    I believe that moving Jones to CB was spot on, but it did leave that hole at safety that we NEED to be comfortable with going forward because as things stand at the moment I’m NOT at that level of comfort for the safety group and believe that we will either before camp bring someone in via trade and it may very well be Thomas! Or after camp realize that we just can’t be that force that we wanna be with the group we have currently! Richard has a voice with all this and I believe if he wanted to bring in Thomas then it WILL happen someway somehow, but if Thomas isn’t traded to our boys there’s a good reason and Richard has his reasons and we should be confident about why whether it’s to much money or whatever!

  • Sexcdex Xfact

    I agree in that Richard maybe being conservatively positive
    I also feel be knows they not only needs more depth, but upgrades as well
    Dallas lost Church, Wilcox, Carr & Claiborne
    That’s 2staring safeties gone that have been replaced by rookies except Frazier
    Heath’s play-time increased because of loss if starters, face it, he never supplanted anyone

    I also agree Dallas need a very competent veteran on the back-end & although I’d love Earl, with the right price, I’d also feel better with a slightly younger but suitable safety, also not too pricey

    Dallas isn’t finished in that dept. Be it Earl Thomas or Boston or one of the other leading free agents
    I feel the same with the Tightend situation, I just can’t see them settling for this for the season

    If Jeff Heath was as dominant to actually bring stability we’d only be looking for depth
    But we’re uncertain,,,, BIGG DIFFERENCE
    We’re one injury away for chaos in the safety position
    That’s not how Philly built their SB team last year, they were well balanced to withstand losses across the board
    We were not prepared last year, & so far not so good this year

    • Hammer33

      That’s true to a point. But it could be viewed that Heath supplanted church because they let him walk. They may have been looking to start Heath, who’s better in coverage, though not a strong against the run.

      Wilcox was never getting a second contract in Dallas.

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        Well, unless Jerry & Steven both lied
        They wanted to keep at least 2 of the secondary Church & Carr being named in interviews concerning not losing the free agents

        Both stability & not missing games were ideal for church & Carr

        But it simply Salary Cap Hell that forced them to let go
        Before they could figure up a proposal to both, they had sizeable offers Dallas simply couldn’t match

        Then they drafted 2DB’s with position-flex at both corner & safety in Woods & Awuzie

        Not to diminish Jeff Heath’s capabilities at all
        It just was too many expensive contracts,(bad business decisions), etc

        But things panned out just fine so far
        Except they didn’t take a safety at all where they are thinnest at
        And that’s not savy business either
        However I seriously doubt we’re done to say the least in addressing safety
        Heath may STILL be a starter which I say best man up anyway
        I honestly want the absolute best 22players on the field at every snap of the football

        Now that our backs are no longer against the wall money wise, we can do just that

  • Will

    The only one I’d be happy with is Tre Boston, barring the unicirn ET trade

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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez



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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

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