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Cowboys' secondary looks lead to 'defensive mentality switch'

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To David Hermann
FOX Sports Dallas Cowboys Writer

Oxnard, California — Honoring Our Many Predecessors cowboys Something feels different in 2022.

Coming to the West Coast and watching this team’s receivers put on the show felt like a summer ritual. Seeing Dallas wideouts take over training camp was common until last year.

For the record, Lamb is doing well in his third NFL training camp. But it feels like a fairer fight this time around.

“I feel like the defense is finally catching up, and we’ve been able to match the offense with flash plays, points and everything,” said Anthony Brown.

Brown was the perfect person to ask questions about secondary. You might as well make a list of Cowboys players enjoying their first week of camp at their best, and put your 7th-year corner in it. He picked 6 Dak Prescott on the first day of practice and managed to maintain that level or performance for the past week. showed resilience.

It’s notable enough that Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy took the time to say that Brown, who is often the subject of criticism from fans and the media, is often underrated.

“I think he deserves more love from you guys. Just a suggestion,” McCarthy said. “I think he’s done a lot of good things. But more importantly he’s been very consistent. What I love about his AB is that he’s the same person every day.” is.”

But Brown isn’t the only one. Of course, Trevon Diggs deserves a mention as he’s aiming for first-team All-Pro selection in 2021. But even after 11 interceptions, how Diggs considers the NFL cover guy pecking order. There is much debate as to whether

Coming back to Brown, Diggs said he feels the Cowboys’ secondary has been forgotten. waiting to see if the defense that led the 2000 can do it again.

“We’ve all accomplished something, we just haven’t gotten the respect we need yet,” Diggs said. “It’s nobody’s fault. We just had to get out there and show what we can do.”

The fun thing is that there shouldn’t be much of a learning curve. Dan Quinn is back for another trip as defensive coordinator. That is, the scheme remains mostly the same.

Quinn reportedly offered to leave the Cowboys

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn told USA Today that he offered to leave Dallas if things would be “easier” for head coach Mike McCarthy.Colin Cowherd says Quinn will stay We are debating whether we should have or should have left.

More importantly, the secondaries themselves are pretty much the same. All three of his cornerbacks in the main are under contract for at least this season, and the front his office retains Firebrand safety Jayron Kurth on his two-year deal.

Damontae Kazee left last year’s team, but that loss is mitigated by the decision to re-sign Malik Hooker, who played 446 snaps as Quinn’s third safety.

“Just coming back, I thought it was an unfinished business, and obviously the people I knew we had were coming back,” Hooker said.

All combine to create one of the deepest and most seasoned secondary this franchise has had in quite some time. Even the backend on the depth chart looks promising, with two highly drafted corners is waiting in the wings, with fourth-year safe Donovan Wilson rounding out the back end.

They will be tested soon. Within his first five weeks of the season, this group will face three of the most explosive passing offenses in the NFL: Tampa Bay, Cincinnati and the LA Rams. From defending the Cowboys’ depleted receiver army to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Jammer Chase, Tea Higgins, Cooper Cup, Allen Robinson II and more, it could be a significant step up. .

Not surprisingly, the Cowboys’ DB says he’s up to the challenge. Oddly enough, in 2022, it’s easier to believe them.

“When Jerry and they drafted us, it felt like they wanted to change the mindset of defense,” said sixth-year corner Jordan Lewis. We’ve had some changes, but in the end we’re where we want to be defensively.”

David Helman covers FOX Sports’ Dallas Cowboys to provide insight and analysis on the NFL’s most famous franchise. Before joining FOX, he covered the Cowboys for nine seasons on the team’s official website, DallasCowboys.com. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy Award for producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion,” about the quarterback’s era in Mississippi.


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