Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a pass while defended by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) during the first quarter of the game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys’ Secondary was/is the Problem

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) gets away from Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Mailbag

I put a clock on how much time it took for QB’S to get the ball out(when playing the Cowboys). It’s below league average. and look at Wares QB hurries, He had 33 of them. That tells me it’s our DB’S. It doesn’t matter how good your line is if your DB’S can’t cover. I’m not saying our line was good – not at all – I’m saying, don’t set yourself up for failure by putting all your eggs in one basket because both parts go together. Carr is a waste and our safeties are a joke. We need someone with an eye for talent to come in and save Cowboy Nation.

– Coach Eric

You’re exactly right. I hate our secondary. HATE. They share equal (if not more blame) for the defensive failures of 2013. For what the Cowboys have invested in the secondary, there is no reason they shouldn’t be at the top of the league. Brandon Carr is paid like a top 5 CB yet he is ranked in the bottom half of the league. Saying that is being generous because he was terrible last season in nearly every part of his game. Even when playing man coverage, he was embarrassing.

Equally as sad is Morris Claiborne. The #6 overall pick was dubbed the best prospect since Deion Sanders. So far he’s a certifiable bust. When a team invests a top 10 pick in a player, that player MUST perform. Considering the Cowboys moved up to draft him forgoing an additional pick, it makes the situation even worse.

Both CBs are talented. They both have good ball skills and good hands. Their problem is between the ears. Hopefully the Cowboys can scheme change to more man coverage this offseason as that fits with their skills a little better. In the end it will be up to them to perform and I’m not so optimistic about that.

Safety play was also atrocious. Barry Church is an acceptable in-the-box safety (SS) but the Cowboys don’t have a true ball-hawking safety (FS). Add that to the list that must be addressed before the Cowboys become legitimate contenders.

You’re also right about “putting all their eggs in one basket”. Just because the DL is wide open doesn’t mean the Cowboys should only draft defensive linemen. They have needs at numerous places and should strike a balance between drafting for need and best player available. Doing one without the other is a formula for failure.

Thanks again Coach Eric!

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