On the conference call with the season ticket holders of the Dallas Cowboys this week, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said this about the Cowboys' safeties:
"We obviously feel a little bit better about our safeties than maybe some of our critics in the media."
Count me among the many critics in the media.
No formal depth chart is available on DallasCowboys.com, but an early look at the safety position for the Cowboys would look like:
SS: J.J. Wilcox, Jeff Heath, Ahmad Dixon
FS: Barry Church, Jakar Hamiton, Matt Johnson
Looking at this, you really do miss Gerald Sensabaugh.
Since Darren Woodon retired, and Roy Williams I long ago lost his zeal to hit people, no position has dogged this team more than safety. They have not had a good one in forever, and no position has become as vital in this day and age on defense than a quality center fielder.
The best of the bunch is Church, who last season was not too bad. He had 135 tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered one fumble. He also had one interception. Church is a pro. Not a Pro Bowler, but a pro.
* Wilcox, a third round pick last year from Georgia Southern, played like a guy who had barely played the position before, which he had not. This is the guy the Cowboys need to make a major jump this season. He has to be better than ...
* Jeff Heath, a small-college guy who barely made this team last season, should not be anything more than a special teams contributor. Ever.
* Johnson has done zero since being drafted because he can't stay healthy. Not sure why he is still on this team.
* I have never heard of Jakar Hamilton.
* Dixon was a big-hitter in college, but he is a seventh round pick.
You don't have to be a total media cynic, glass-is-broken football fan to be wary about the safeties of the Dallas Cowboys.
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