SS Sensabaugh A Favorite Of Campo

Since this off-season began I was predicting my home town player Gerald Sensabaugh to join my other home town player Jason Witten in Dallas my friends were saying theres no way Gerald would be a Dallas Cowboy. I debated and argued all the way until that faithful day when the Cowboys signed him. I though my arguments were over but no everywhere I looked it seemed like every Cowboys fan I talked to was doubting what Gerald could do, so I just said wait and see.

Now according to writer Mickey Spagnola Sensabaugh is one of Secondary Coach Dave Campo’s favorites. Here is what Mickey’s article said.

You might say for the majority of his years with the Cowboys, Dave Campo, first secondary coach, then defensive coordinator and then head coach before returning as secondary coach in 2008, was spoiled at the safety position. During his previous 14 seasons, he mostly had the likes of Ray Horton, James Washington, Thomas Everett, Darren Woodson, Brock Marion and George Teague back there. He even enjoyed a rather nice rookie season out of Roy Williams.

So last season probably was a little bit of a shellshock for Camps, who returned for a 15th season. Heck, even over his three years as head coach, when Woodson remained healthy, he had Woodson and Teague back there. Injuries and performance made last year somewhat of a crap shoot.

That’s why I said to him, with the addition of Gerald Sensabaugh and all the young guys brought in, this might be the best the safety position has looked since, well, Woodson was playing.

He laughed, saying it was funny I’d bring up Woodson, “because when I got to Jacksonville (2005) I remember saying Sensabaugh (a rookie then) had the kind of burst Woodson had. Now I’m not saying he’s Woodson.”

Of course not, and he’s probably 10 to 15 pounds lighter. But Campo was trying to make a point about Sensabaugh’s ability to cover, not only from the deep safety spot, but also going inside to the weak linebacker spot on the nickel, where Woodson spoiled the Cowboys his entire career with an ability to cover even receivers in the slot.

Jim Schwartz Excited About Turning Detroit Around

I was on the NFL website this morning and I saw where they hired Jim Schwartz the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans and where he he claimed he is excited about the opportunity to turn around the Detroit football team.

 Bring it on, says Detroit’s new head coach.

 “There’s no better feeling in football than turning a situation around. Thats what drives me here,” the 42-year-old former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator said during his introductory news conference this Friday at Ford Field.

 The Lions badly want the one-time Georgetown University economics major to come up with a formula to fix a franchise coming off the NFL’s first 0-16 season, an eight-season stretch that has been the worst in the league since World War II and a run of more than 50 years with only one playoff win.

 “I can’t speak of the past, I’m here right now,” Schwartz said. “I’m not here to exorcise any ghosts.”

 While Detroit’s football future is far from certain, Schwartz told reporters they can count on at least one thing.

 “We’ll put a team on the field that you’ll be proud of,” he said one day after agreeing to a four-year contract worth about $11 million.

 The son of a police officer and a deceased mother who raised nine kids, Schwartz said he was a blue-collar guy who will fit in well with the culture of Detroit.

 “This is what I am,” Schwartz said.

 Schwartz said he owns only two suits that fit, finding out recently that a third is too small because of the weight he gained during the season.

 “He’s a football guy — I love that,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said.

 Schwartz’s coming-out party was the culmination of years of hard work. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Maryland in 1989, later had the same position at Minnesota and went on to become a secondary coach for North Carolina Central and linebackers coach at Colgate.

 The Baltimore native became a head-coaching candidate in recent years because of his work in Tennessee, leading to interviews with the Miami Dolphins,Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins and San Fransisco 49ers in recent years.

 But Schwartz got his start as an unpaid intern for Bill Belichiek with the Cleveland Browns, later was paid as a scout and moved on to be an assistant for the Ravens, then became one of the league’s best defensive coordinators in Tennessee.

 Schwartz singled out Belichick, who’s now leading the New England Patriots, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher as mentors.

 Schwartz replaces Rod Marinelli, who was fired two weeks ago after he went 10-38 in three seasons, dropping Detroit to 31-97 since 2001 when former team president Matt Millen took over a mediocre franchise and turned it into a laughingstock.

 The Chicago Cardinals, who won just 23 percent of their games from 1936 to 1943, are the last team to perform as poorly as the Lions have over an eight-season stretch.

 Detroit will count on Schwartz to use his background to come up with ways to improve a defense that ranked last in the league and gave up 517 points — threatening the NFL record for points allowed (533) in a season, set by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.

 Schwartz’s 2003 Titans defense ranked first in the NFL in rushing defense and led the league in third-down defense at 27.7 percent — the lowest mark since the 1998 Oakland Raiders. The Titans ranked in the top seven in yards allowed in each of the past two seasons and finished second in points allowed per game at 14.6 in 2008.

 Schwartz said he has coordinators he’d like to have in Detroit, but neither is in place. He also planned to talk to the remaining assistants from Marinelli’s staff.

 “I’ll talk to a lot of people next week at the Senior Bowl,” he said.

 Schwartz also planned to call Detroit’s entire roster.

 “I want to make personal contact with every player,” he said. “Finding my way from the hotel to the facility will be a good start, also.”

Personally I am glad to see Detroit get as good of a defensive coach as Schwartz is. I hope for Detroit’s sake that will win at least 3 games next season or who knows maybe Schwartz will do for Detroit what Parcells and Sparano did in Miami. Only time will tell though.

Campo Most Likely Headed Back to Dallas

As the Super Bowl approaches the rumors are flying around Valley Ranch, but nothing will be announced until after Sunday’s NFL finale. Amongst the trade rumors and draft suggestions, there is really only one rumor that is likely to become reality, the return on Dave Campo.

Former head coach Dave Campo visited Valley Ranch yesterday. He could become the next secondary coach, replacing Todd Bowles who departed for Miami. Campo has been coaching in Jacksonville for the last three years.

To refresh your memories, Dave Campo started out with the Cowboys in 1989 when Jerry Jones took over the team. Campo took on many positions over the years such as defensive assistant, secondary coach and defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator from 95-99, his defense finished within the top 10 overall in the NFL in four of those five years.

He was promoted head coach after Chan Gailey was fired in 2000. As head coach Campo went 15-33. Yes that’s right, three straight seasons ending at 5-11. Those were tough times for the Cowboys when salary caps and injuries really damaged the team. At the end of 2002 Campo was released and Bill Parcells took over.

Dave Campo is ready to return to Dallas and most likely it’s going to happen. We just have to wait a few more days for the announcement.

**UPDATE** Albert Breer of The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys have hired Dave Campo to be their new secondary coach.

Defense Decision in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys have big decisions to make today. Three defense assistant coaches could leave Dallas after today. Todd Bowles, the secondary coach; Kacy Rogers, the defensive line coach; and Paul Pasqualoni, the linebackers coach become free agents.

The three assistants did not accept the contract offered on January 13th, when the Cowboys season ended. All are close with former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and former Cowboys assisant coach Tony Sparano, who are now running the show in Florida.

If the men choose to leave, the Cowboys will being interviewing to fill the spots this week. They do not expect any of the other coaching positions to change.