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07/23/2013

What the Cowboys safeties (desperately) need

320xOXNARD, California - Barry Church thought about this question for a while, and he deserves some props for delivering a real answer to my hard-hitting, soul-searching question:

ME: There are not many statistics you can measure a safety; can you be an effective or good safety without those precious few numbers?

Barry Church: "I say you have to them. You can be good and you can be effective but if you want to be a difference-making safety, you have to have those stats. You have to have those interceptions. You have to force those fumbles. You have to force turnovers."

Since 2008, 10 Cowboys safeties have combined for nine forced fumbles and 15 interceptions.
Since 2008, Ed Reed has forced six fumbles and had 24 interceptions.

 

No one on the depth chart screams "ball hawking play maker" at safety.
Maybe Matt Johnson, a second-year player who missed all of his rookie season with a leg injury, can do something. Church was the starter for three weeks but blew out his Achilles and was on the shelf. Rookie J.J. Wilcox will be a project. Veteran signee Will Allen should start.

"Our safety position has been lacking turnovers, interceptions, and plays like that since I've been here," Church said. "We have to produce."

No argument here.

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