Will Allen wants to bring Steelers style to Cowboys

AP

Will Allen learned the lesson when he joined the Steelers, now he wants to spread it to the Cowboys.

The veteran free agent safety who signed with the Cowboys this offseason said he thinks his new team can share the same physical characteristics as his old one.

“The first thing Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor and those guys said to me when I walked into the defensive back room, was if you don’t stick your face in the thing, you can’t be on this defense,” Allen said, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If you aren’t ready to hit — we don’t care about interceptions — if you aren’t ready to hit, we don’t need you.

“That’s a mentality. If you aren’t trying to hit, you can forget about it.”

Allen also comes with the background of having played in new Cowboys coordinator Monte Kiffin’s system in Tampa, so the combination of background and toughness is something they were hoping to add. But clearly the time with the Steelers made an impression, and he wants the Cowboys to start making impressions on others.

“Those Pittsburgh guys are mean on the field … to everybody,” Allen said. “It’s not just taboo. It’s not something you just say. You really believe it. You really mean it. It’s your mindset because everybody’s accountable to each other. And hopefully we can build that same accountability here on the back end, everybody from Brandon Carr to Mo Claiborne.

“I don’t care how you bring them down, but we’re going to hit. We’re going to let these receivers know we mean business. I think that’s the mentality we’ve got to adopt and have in every game.”

Spreading a message of physical play is nothing new, but at least Allen had the good sense to not sound like a nut, as Bernard Pollard did last week.

18 responses to “Will Allen wants to bring Steelers style to Cowboys

  1. “Will Allen wants to bring Steelers style to Cowboys”

    First reaction was that the Cowboys would not appreciate that 8-8 style.

    But after reading the article, reaction was that the over-under on amount of 2013 playing time for RGIII is likely to go down.

  2. Went to high school with Will, although i hate the cowboys and steelers, i will root for him though. I will never forget what he did to Willis Mcgahee……….Go Buckeyes

  3. Steelers-style play?

    Newsflash. Dirty play, cheap shots and jumping offsides to try and make sacks won’t get you very far in this league anymore. Just ask the team that barely managed 3rd place in the AFC North.

  4. gainedm says:
    Jun 25, 2013 9:57 AM
    Sorry, but nobody was afraid of “Steeler Nation” last year.
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    Well, they should of been. We were # 1 in defense last year fool. Injuries on the offensive side of the ball killed us.

  5. “If you aren’t ready to hit — we don’t care about interceptions — if you aren’t ready to hit, we don’t need you.

    And this is why the position of Defensive Back is and has been in such a sorry state. Guys would rather get the big hit, instead of giving the ball back to their Offenses.

  6. My Steelers need to make a change at the top.

    The fact that all these people can talk bad about my Steelers is getting me ticked.

    Getting Tebowed? Unacceptable.

    Losing 5 of 7 games to end last season?Unacceptable.

    Losing to the Ravens, Raiders, Titans and Browns in one season? COMPLETELY unacceptable.

  7. Why would anyone impersonate the Steelers, an 8-8 team last year, heading for 5-11 this season?

    Bank it.

  8. realdealsteel says:
    Jun 25, 2013 11:05 AM
    gainedm says:
    Jun 25, 2013 9:57 AM
    Sorry, but nobody was afraid of “Steeler Nation” last year.
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    Well, they should of been. We were # 1 in defense last year fool. Injuries on the offensive side of the ball killed us.
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    “they should have been” hahahahahaha
    that #1 defense landed your boys on the couch during the post season. Great teams fight through injuries to succeed, quit making excuses…

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