Originally Posted by Hoov
[[font=Arial,Helvetica]Dave Starr, Las Vegas, Nev.:
[/font]Isn't all this concern about Woody's replacement a little premature? I don't want to take anything away from one of the great players to ever play the position, but if this front seven develops (and make no mistake folks, this group has the potential to be legendary), is free safety really that much of an issue? Isn't it gonna be difficult for Donavan McNabb to see down the field if he's constantly having to look out the ear hole of his helmet?
[View Full Quote]Mickey: I'm sure that is the rationale here for not going out and spending big money on a free safety. If you look at the history of the free safety position, the Cowboys have always had just a guy there, it seems. Cliff Harris made the club as a rookie free agent, as did Michael Downs. James Washington was a Plan B pickup. Thomas Everett was acquired in a trade. Brock Marion was a seventh-round pick. Izell Reese was a sixth-round pick. Omar Stoutmire was a seventh-rounder. George Teague was picked up for next to nothing. You starting to get the idea? And let's remember, until Roy Williams got here, Darren Woodson was a strong safety.
"Just a guy?"
Whatever you say, Mick.
Harris was named to four Pro Bowls and is in the Ring of Honor.
Michael Downs was named All Pro in 1984.
Thomas Everett made a Pro Bowl in 1993.
James Washington could easily have been named the MVP of a Super Bowl and was more than "just a guy."
He forgot to mention Dennis Thurman who played some free safety and was a standout.
Brock Marion went to three Pro Bowls after leaving Dallas.
Maybe Dallas didn't give up a lot to acquire some of these guys, but they were outstanding players.
This team has a pretty good history of having outstanding play at free safety.