Jul 21, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox (27) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Dallas Cowboys Should Not Have Cut Will Allen

June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin talks with safety Will Allen (26) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Note: Updated and Reposted from Original Article.

Since the pre-season, the Cowboys have shown that no player is spared a short leash.  Perhaps the biggest indication of that came on Tuesday when Dallas cut ties with veteran safety Will Allen.

Allen’s play has been inconsistent all season.  He intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the Week 1 blow-out, but had another one bounce off his hands in the loss to the Chiefs.  Spotty coverage in the first few games resulted in his surrendering the starting Strong Safety job to rookie J.J. Wilcox.

Allen was doing fine coming off the bench, though, and even made contributions on Special Teams.  His holding penalty in the fourth quarter against the Broncos, however, seemed to be the last straw.  While an intolerance for inconsistency is something Cowboys fans have desired for a very long time, those happy to see Allen go should take a minute to think about what they are losing.

The Coaches brought in Will Allen for several reasons: he was knowledgeable about the new system having played for Monte Kiffin, could mentor the young guys, and though not a superstar, had been a solid player his whole career.  Plus, reports about his character and locker-room influence have been always been positive.

Now, the Dallas Cowboys have four safeties on their roster, and their combined years of experience still don’t equal Allen’s 10.  Indeed, veteran status is not tenure – it doesn’t mean job security.  At the same time, is it really wise to leave Barry Church, rookie JJ Wilcox (who only converted to safety his last year of college), Danny McCray, and undrafted rookie Jeff Heath in a new system without a mentor?

In addition, let’s not forget that the Cowboys aren’t exactly immune to injuries.  Barry Church suffered a torn achilles in Week 3 of the 2012 season, and broke his nose this past Sunday against the Broncos.  When you consider that Church’s back-ups are McCray and Heath, one might get a bit worried.  Both seem to be good players, but McCray is really around for his skills on Special Teams, and Heath is as raw as they come.

There is no word yet on how the ‘Boys plan to fill Allen’s spot.  Many (such as myself) are eager for the promotion of DB/S Micah Pellerin from the practice squad, and others feel that there may be bigger plans in the works (a trade, you say?).  In any event, the Cowboys have put themselves at risk by cutting Allen.

Here’s an interesting fact: Only 3 out of 9 players in the Cowboys secondary have more than 2 years of NFL experience.  If Allen’s play was so bad, then keep him off the field.  But that veteran presence is indispensable, especially for such a young squad.

Do you think cutting Will Allen was a good or bad move?  Sound off in the comments below!

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  • jrcowboy49

    Letting Will Allen go leaves the Cowboys thin at safety and could be a problem with injuries. My concern on defense is with the current scheme as exposed by Manning. Why are the Dallas defensive CBs playing so far off of the WRs when they know the Manning offense is based on timing? Why not press the WR’s? Dallas DBs and safeties also play too far back allowing Manning to throw the underneath pass all day long! This was so obvious that the announcers were talking about it. Did Kiffen vapor lock during the game?

    • SK_Jersey13

      You know, that’s exaactly what my Dad (a broncos fan -_-) has been saying. You’ve gotta hit em coming off the line, at least a little. I really don’t know how the middle of the field was left so open. Normally when our secondary plays back, Lee is dropped back or other LBs play spy. I wrote on Monday that we’ve gotta get away from the zone now and then. I know our DBs have been inconsistent (though Carr has been excellent), but they’re at least fast enough to keep up with the receivers, and prevent big yardage

  • Mike Skeens

    “His holding penalty in the fourth quarter against the Broncos, however,
    which would bring Dwayne Harris’s 40-yard kick return back to the
    15-yard line (where Romo threw the game-losing INT), seemed to be the
    last straw.”

    Really?? This statement is totally FALSE! His holding penalty came on the previous drive that resulted in the Cole Beasley TD…you know right after Dez went for 79 yards…Might want to do some more research before printing falsehoods.

    • SK_Jersey13

      Oo man you’re completely right; sorry about that! Thank you for the catch! I’m going to fix that part right away.

      I still think Allen’s holding penalty really was the last straw for the organization, though. What do you think?

      • JDoberman

        Yes agree, that combined with the missed tackles in Denver game alone. An example was he went high on Moreno and he stiff armed him to the ground gained 4 additional yards and a 1st down.

        Good read and I hear Jeff Heath will be taking a few of his snaps and possibly Jakar Hamilton will get the call up from the PS for some special teams work as well.

        As always…GO COWBOYS!!!