Cowboys safety Barry Church said the release of veteran Brodney Pool, his primary competition to land a starting job opposite Gerald Sensabaugh, sends a message to all players about the possibility of being released at any time. It also sent a message to him about the Cowboys’ thoughts of his efforts in training camp.
“It feels like they have my back. They feel like I’m a great player. I can be out there and do a lot of things for this defense,” Church said. “I’m just going to keep piling good practices on top of good practices.”
Both coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan expressed disappointment in what they say from Pool, an eight-year veteran who played under Ryan at Cleveland.
“He just wasn’t the same guy, in my opinion, that I’m used to,” Ryan said of Pool, who was one of three Cowboys who failed a pre-camp conditioning test. “So we're a little disappointed in that … We needed to move on for the best interest of us. We’re going to keep the best players and that’s just the way it is.”
_ Jimmy Burch