The Secondary Is A Primary Concern

With the draft just around the corner, some feel it’s time to start thinking about a corner. It certainly seems that the deal for Tennessee Titan Adam Jones is inevitable but, considering his past antics, that brings little security at the position.

The Dallas secondary isn’t nearly as inept as some "experts" would have you believe. Pro Bowl CB Terence Newman is coming in healthy this year which is huge. Anthony Henry holds his own most of the time. Henry had 6 interceptions in 13 games last season. While not stellar, that is still more than the two previous seasons(28 starts) combined. Newman had 4 INT’s in as many games.

This "lacking secondary" had 19 INT’s last year. Tied for 4th in the NFL in INT’s doesn’t seem lacking or inept to me. The secondary was and is above average in every category. Things have a tendency to get skewed because of the occasional big play given up by the secondary. Just keep in mind the injuries suffered by Newman and Henry throughout the season. Newman fought through foot and knee injuries throughout the 2007 campaign. Henry had a nasty ankle late last season. So the alarm about the Dallas secondary- at least the CB’s- is much ado about nothing.

We all know Roy Williams isn’t a traditional safety. I’ve been a huge critic of Williams over the last 2 seasons. Williams is a great run defender. He had 30 more tackles in 2007 than in the previous season. But I’m sure everyone will agree that if there is a hole in the secondary. That hole wears the number 31. He can’t cover TE’s like Shockey or Cooley consistently.

A 2/28/2008 report in the Star-Telegram brings up concerns about Williams’ behavior in relations to the players and staff. The Star- Telegram reports: " He has become a bit of enigma in the locker room; the defense normally goes out to eat as a unit on Thursdays during game weeks, but Williams seldom attends. He has displayed a tendency to blame others for pass coverage breakdowns, something his teammates have noticed… Coaches, former coaches, teammates and ex-teammates have tried to talk to Williams, but they often receive the same defiant and defensive posturing he takes with his "friends" in the media."

Why not trade Williams? Nobody is going to take the salary cap hit that Williams would bring to the table. He signed a 4 year, $25 million extension in 2006. Trade him? Not gonna happen.

So as we approach the April 26 2008 draft, do we need go to after a corner? Maybe we consider a safety instead? Maybe use Williams in short-yardage and goal line situations in 2008? I don’t pretend to know all the answers to these questions. What I do know is this team is so so close to that illusive 6th trophy. It’s there for the taking. Right around the corner.

Comments
  1. Cowboy

    Statistics don’t always tell the full story and with or without healthy players at the corner positions the Cowboys secondary has needed revamping for quite some time now, I say bring on the likes of Adam Jones.
    As for Roy Williams, he is overweight and has lost the desire to play the game. I truly believe that the last two games of the season were indicators of how Williams will be employed this coming season.

  2. coach_nuke

    OK….Now I am beginning to wonder about some people. Did you just say bring on Adam (pacman) Jones? That would be the stupidest move of all time. You guys kill me when you start panicking. Just because we lost in the play-offs. I really don’t think that Roy Wiliams is that big of a liability. All he does year in and year out is hit as hard as he can whatever is in his area and sometimes that includes his own teamates.
    If you read what Cowboy Bill wrote, and I am assuming you can read, then the number of tackles tells the story. He is even better this year than last. As for what is said or not said in the locker-room I dont know. I have never been in there so I couldn’t tell you. I refuse to believe everything that the Bayless Boys write or say. The only thing that I do know is that if I am a defensive coordinator for the Greatest team ever, give me players like Roy Williams and my defense will punish you every Sunday. You can complete a pass if you want to but you had better be ready to pay the price. The last thing that I am gonna leave you with is this one question. Have you ever seen Roy Williams play against the run? That reason alone is enough in my opinion to keep him on the field.

  3. Raina

    I don’t know the answers to our secondary problems but, I think the coaches need to find a position that Roy Williams can play. He is to talented to even think of trading. I don’t believe everything I read in the papers. Maybe if the press gets off Roy’s back, his teamates quit criticizing him he might start enjoying the game again. Maybe just a thought!

  4. Yes, Roy is an excellent player. If you’re worried about him covering TE’s like Shockey, dont make him cover them. Simple as that. The man is great, pure and simple. The tackles tell it all and the running backs that face him will tell you that as well. If you can recunstruct a 1 yr deal with Jones, is a win-win. The Cowboys are still going to draft a CB even if they get Pacman.

  5. Cowboy

    Coach Nuke, did you hear me stutter? It’s apparent that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys don’t believe it’s a stupid move either in trying to acquire the services of Adam Jones, otherwise they wouldn’t show interest. As for panicking, not even under fire in the hostile environment of Iraq Pardner, scared is a different story, but back to football, it a business discussion, try reading between the lines and think outside the box, it probably would help if you took off the blinders…yes I can read, but apparently you can’t see, though its written in black and white. And yes because the Cowboys lost in the first round of a playoff game that should have been a Super Bowl run, the organization has to question the abilities of its players, especially the ones of Roy Williams’ caliber (the ones making the big bucks). Williams was a topic of discussion during Dave Campo’s acceptance speech and changing his jersey number is not going to help him regain his speed, agility, hitting power and whatever made Roy Williams, the Roy Williams he once was! I’ve said it all along, he’s lost speed and agility but most importantly I truly believe he’s lost the heart and desire to play the game, unfortunately for the Cowboys and its fans we’re stuck with him. Campo is a good coach but I wouldn’t expect any miracles mainly because a lot has to do with Williams wanting to play at a higher level than what he’s been playing for the last two seasons. As stated before if the last two games of the season were any indication of what is to come, Williams will probably be used sparingly in the upcoming season. I believe Wade Phillips sees Williams as I do the weak link of a very speedy high powered defense (a team is as fast as the slowest man or woman on it). You’ve probably been watching reruns of the Dallas Cowboys when Williams was in his first or second season because tackling a player after he’s already gained 10 yards or enough yardage for a first down is not my idea of playing the run, also if you were a defensive coordinator and had players such as Williams playing like he’s been playing the last two seasons you wouldn’t have a job! Unlike you Coach Nuke, I’ve never been a coach, but I’ve played the sport and yes, I’ve even been inside the locker room.
    I’m not saying that Adam Jones is the answer to all, but he surely would “help” bring stability to a secondary that hasn’t seen dominance since the departure of Darren Woodson and not only that, the Cowboys would also be getting a very dangerous return man with this deal.
    Call it a stupid move but as Troy Aikman used to say in his commercials, “Get Real!”

  6. Cowboy

    Coach Nuke did I stutter? Apparently Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t either otherwise why would they show interest in trying to acquire the services of Adam Jones? As for panicking, not even under fire in the hostile environment of Iraq Pardner, scared is a different story, but let’s get back to football, it a business discussion, try reading between the lines and think outside the box, taking off the blinders would help and yes I can read. And yes because the Cowboys lost in the first round of a playoff game that should have been the start of a Super Bowl run the organization has to question the abilities of its’ players especially the ones making Roy Williams’ kind-of-money (Jones in not in the business to lose money). In case you missed it, Williams was a topic of discussion during Dave Campo’s acceptance speech. The talk was about his weight problem, not playing to his standards, changing his jersey number, etc., etc. I’ll say that changing his jersey number will not help Williams regain his speed, agility, hitting power and whatever made Roy Williams, the Roy Williams he once was! Williams has lost speed and agility but most importantly I truly believe he’s lost the heart and desire to play the game, unfortunately for the Cowboys and its fans we’re stuck with him. Campo is a good coach but I don’t expect any miracles from him because a lot has to do with Williams getting in shape and mentally wanting to play at a higher level than what he’s been playing for the last two seasons. As stated before, if the last two games of the season were any indication of what is to come, Williams will probably be used sparingly in the upcoming season. I believe Wade Phillips sees Williams as I do the weak link of a “very speedy and high powered” defense (a team is as good as its weakest player). Are you sure you’ve haven’t been watching reruns of the Dallas Cowboys when Williams was in his first or second season because lately he’s been tackling players after they’ve already gained 10 yards or more for the first down and that’s not my idea of playing the run, taking that into consideration and how he’s been performing the last two seasons, if you were the defensive coordinator of this team you probably wouldn’t have a job either!
    I’m not saying that Adam Jones is the answer to all, but he surely would “help” bring stability to a secondary that hasn’t seen dominance since the departure of Darren Woodson and not only that, the Cowboys would also be getting a very dangerous return man with this deal.
    So call it the “stupidest move of all times,” but I don’t believe Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys organization nor I share your view and as Troy Aikman would say, “Get Real!”