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Excited about the Defensive Back Seven

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by ScipioCowboy, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    With all the hand wringing and step-back-from-the-ledge talk about the defensive and offensive lines, I think we're overlooking an aspect of the team that could be very good next year: the defensive back seven. There's loads of potential here -- the talent to become the best back seven the Cowboys have fielded since the mid 90s. I like much of what Parcells did when he was here, but outside of Terence Newman, he saddled us with a defensive backfield of hard hitters who were slow and lumbering.

    But this back seven is different. They have speed. They have range. They have a knack for taking away the ball. And perhaps more importantly, they swarm and they tackle. They make two yard stops on 3rd and 4. Most of the starting talent is young, and we find young play makers like Wilcox and DeVonte Holloman waiting in the wings. I predict one of those two will be starting by mid season.

    In addition to keeping opponent out of the end zone this preseason, the Cowboys' starting back seven has allowed a 64.28 Defensive passer rating against starting quarterbacks this preseason. Before I discuss any further, let me throw out all the obligatory caveats:

    - Yes, it's preseason.
    - No, they haven't been playing world beaters at quarterback.
    - Yes, the pass rush needs to improve.

    Having said that, 64.28 would be a marked improvement over the last three regular seasons when they allowed ratings of 92.8, 88.4, and 94.7.
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  2. StarBoyz83

    StarBoyz83 Well-Known Member

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    Cant wait to see what church and allen do back there. Im a little worried about the depth though. At s and cb. I had them as starters as soon as we signed allen. Depth has got potential though.
  3. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    You know the batch of koolaid is strong when we have people looking forward to Will Allen..
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  4. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Will Allen would be just 1/7th of the back seven. There's plenty of room to be excited about other players.
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  5. CowboyStar88

    CowboyStar88 Well-Known Member

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    Considering what's been out there in the last Allen looks serviceable and doesn't make many mistakes
  6. JackWagon

    JackWagon Well-Known Member

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    people are staring at me here at work ... this made me laugh out loud. :)
  7. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    That 1 interception total over the past 7 seasons wasn't on him.... He was in bad situations....

    :)
  8. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    It's possible we could also be excited over Sean Lee or Bruce Carter or Morris Claiborne or Brandon Carr or even Barry Church.
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  9. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    Allen is all of a sudden a fan favorite and uoeno
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  10. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Here's my question: Is Will Allen better or worse than Gerald Sensabaugh?
  11. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Sensy managed to have one of the worst seasons I've EVER seen from a safety last season. His stat line:

    0 Interceptions, 0 Force Fumbles, and only 3 Passes Defensed.

    I don't see how Will Allen can be worse, however, there is little to indicate he'll be better either.
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  12. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Well said.
  13. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    They have different skill sets. Sensabaugh was primarily a man-cover safety. He was very poor in zone coverage.

    Will Allen is a journeyman, but most defenses have their share of journeymen. James Washington and Vinson Smith come to mind.
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  14. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    I am leaning towards better at this point. As you mentioned, his stats are a bit misleading because of who he had in front of him with the Steelers. My expectations aren't high, but I do expect him to be an improvement over Sensabaugh. For all of his athletic ability, Sensabaugh just simply did not show up around the ball as much as a Safety should. He just didn't seem to have the football IQ that guy's like Sean Lee have.
  15. jday

    jday Well-Known Member

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    Define Journeyman. Are you saying he is a jack-of-all-skillsets?
  16. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    I mean a marginal starter who plays until someone better comes along.
  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    What, specifically, don't you like about Will Allen's game?
  18. 17yearsandcounting

    17yearsandcounting Benched

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    He is not a very good football player. For all the talk about Sensabaugh being terrible Allen has 5 passes defended in the past 7 years and people are acting like this is some miraculous upgrade.
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  19. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    Who's acting like that?
  20. Mansta54

    Mansta54 Well-Known Member

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    Will Allen has played very well but you probably wouldn't have notice cause he hasn't done anything for you to complain about. Smh!!!

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