Tyrone Crawford isn’t worried about Dallas defensive defections

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The Cowboys have lost seven defensive players to free agency, including four key members of the secondary. One of the remaning defensive players says he’s not worried about the changes.

I just trust we have a plan,” defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said Friday, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “With the defense that we run, [defensive coordinator Rod] Marinelli is going to get a guy in there and he’s going to have him doing the right thing anyway. I’m excited for next year. I’m not worried about what’s happening this offseason. Just excited to get going.”

Crawford is right about Marinelli; he has found a way to get the most out of whoever is on the field. His skills will definitely be tested in the coming season — and the plan could include moving Crawford from the left end position to one of the interior spots.

“Man, I have these questions every offseason,” Crawford said. “I feel I know what I’m about to be doing and things change on me. I’m going to be ready for anything. It is what it is at this point. If I’m a jump around guy, I’m a jump around guy.”

Jump around or not, it’s good that Crawford is still hanging around on a defense that will be dealing with major changes in the 2017 season.

24 responses to “Tyrone Crawford isn’t worried about Dallas defensive defections

  1. Our defense has been horrible for years and the reason why we never advance pass green bay.
    ITS ABOUT TIME we get some new talented blood on
    the defense. Charles Tapper AND Jaylon Smith are going
    to be ready this year as well.
    Love the shake up on defense. Lets Go Cowboys!

  2. They have future HOF and coach of the year Jason Garrett, he is such an asset he doesn’t need all these overpriced players getting in his way on his path to glory…

    Garret reminds me of Billy Madison when is uncle Jerry gonna give him the keys to Madison Hotels so he can get the hotel operator speaking giberish…

  3. Not a single Pro Bowler was lost to free agency. Dallas had the #14 defense last season, and the #1 run defense. What dropped them overall to #14 was a horrid secondary. Dallas was 26th against the pass, giving up 260 passing yards a game. Rookie Anthony Brown – a 6th round pick – earned a starting CB job last season. Scancdrick is an accomplished starter on the other side and 2015 1st round pick Byron Jones has a lock on free safety. Outside of maybe Church, no other secondary member was worth resigning. This draft is deep with CB’s and safeties, and should easily upgrade the secondary.

    Claiborne has never had more than 1 INT in any season. Carr has 1 INT in the last 3 seasons. Nolan Carroll signing was a lateral move compared to “losing” Claiborne. Fans have been screaming to ditch Claiborne and Carr for a few years. Now it’s finally happened. Dallas had to be willing to part ways with guys that were average talents. The youth movement continues.

  4. It’s not like Dallas had a choice in losing all of these guys. They had one of the worst cap situations in the entire league.

  5. “Not a single Pro Bowler was lost to free agency. Dallas had the #14 defense last season, and the #1 run defense”

    Not a single Pro Bowler will be added either. When your pass defense is almost last, nobody bothers to run on you.
    Nolan Caroll is a journeyman at best, which is why the Eagles let him walk.

    You might have the 32nd ranked pass defense this year.

  6. The Cowboys will not advance any further until they can pressure and sack the quarterback. Their lack of pressure on the inside puts too much pressure on corners and safeties. Their defensive line needs to get bigger on the inside and faster on the outside. I think Marineli is doing a great job but scheming will only make up for deficiencies to a point. It’s time to put some quality groceries in the pantry, Mr. Jones.

  7. I think Dalls might be able to get some addition via subtraction going here. The guys they lost were not exactly lighting it up there, bringing in some fresh talent is a good move, the worst they can do is break even. Turning that defense over hard and fast is Something they need to do. Especially when they have such a great offense going right now they need to catch the defense up while its happening.

  8. I`m so sorry guys/gals; Dallas is doing exactly what I`d be doing. If they can`t produce then why would you want them back ?
    1 INT over 3 seasons doesnt qualify as good enough in the NFL.
    Get you some new talent/players in that secondary aka draft and/or free agency.

  9. They have future HOF and coach of the year Jason Garrett, he is such an asset……
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    I didn’t know Pop Warner had a HOF?

  10. I agree with the youth rebuilding continuation. Our Offense was done through the draft and free agency and that’s the way they’re going about the D. Neither Carr nor Claiborne ever lived up to their contracts. I think Brown will continue to improve and Jones will become an outstanding FS. Hard hitting SS and a few more DBs, along with some young DL talent should be our priorities and with McCray, I think Big D’s roster will just get better.

  11. it will be interesting to see what OBJ, Marshall & Shepherd do again the “youth movement” secondary this season…

  12. snakeplizkn says:
    Mar 18, 2017 4:05 PM

    When your pass defense is almost last, nobody bothers to run on you.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    Partly true and partly fiction. The true part is the giving up 260 yards a game passing. Yet most of that was between the 20’s. More than anything, teams were forced into a passing game via playing catch-up, playing from behind. Teams don’t lean on the running game when you’re trailing a high profile offense.

    Dallas had the 5th highest overall scoring offense in the league, trailing only the Falcons, Saints, Pats and Packers.

    Still, Cowboys defense held opponents to a 5th best 19.1 point’s per game average. Moving in another direction from a few mediocre players is a good thing. Those passing yards given up are the fruit of wasted time between the 20’s for this defense. Cowboys need to upgrade to playmakers that can both get to the QB, and pick off more INT’s between the 20’s. The defense plays solid in the red zone. The shorter the field the better the play. Again, giving up only 19.1 points per game.

    First part of upgrading the CB, SS, and DE position – in a draft that is deeep in those positions, is to cut ties with the mediocre. As was mentioned above, the youth movement in Dallas continues.

  13. The last of the Jerry the GM overpriced deals. Crawford is so overpaid its ridiculous. He was no better than Terrel McClain who made 1/10th of his contract. Dude needs to sht up and give this team a decent season,..as he hasn’t done diddly in two years but be in the trainers room.

  14. Crawford is a very good player who has played hurt for the most part
    of the last 2-3 years. His first injury was a serious rotator cuff which he gutted through. He then hurt his other shoulder as well.
    When healthy he is a very good player and worth the money. I don’t
    understand fans beating up on a player who gives his all but gets injured.
    Hopefully he will finally get healthy and have a supporting cast that allows him to flourish. The other factor is the Rod Marinelli defense
    which does allow for many players to shine. Very little blitzes, very
    few games or twists by D-Lineman. Just line up and play it straight.
    That kind of defense works in places like Seattle where you have
    Richard Sherman vs Morris Claiborne. Where your defensive line has
    more weapons.

  15. lowphatt says:
    Mar 18, 2017 8:01 PM

    Dude needs to sht up and give this team a decent season,..

    ………………………………………………………………………………

    He was asked a simple question. Gave a simple answer. That he believes in the Defensive Coordinator. Yawn… Don’t have a stroke.

  16. sportoficionado says:
    Mar 18, 2017 4:20 PM

    outside of Church, no other player even made a difference on that defense.
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    Claiborne was actually having a breakout season before he did what he does best and got hurt.
    And Carr was actually reliable this year, his problem is that he has zero playmaking ability.

    But Dallas will only do anything this year if they can acquire pass rush.

  17. He should be worried, that secondary took a hit. Hope they find some players. Just like the with the Raiders, the NFL is better when Dallas is good. Go get’em Jerrah.

  18. txmidnite says:
    Mar 18, 2017 3:33 PM
    Not a single Pro Bowler was lost to free agency. Dallas had the #14 defense last season, and the #1 run defense. What dropped them overall to #14 was a horrid secondary. Dallas was 26th against the pass, giving up 260 passing yards a game. Rookie Anthony Brown – a 6th round pick – earned a starting CB job last season. Scancdrick is an accomplished starter on the other side and 2015 1st round pick Byron Jones has a lock on free safety. Outside of maybe Church, no other secondary member was worth resigning. This draft is deep with CB’s and safeties, and should easily upgrade the secondary.

    Claiborne has never had more than 1 INT in any season. Carr has 1 INT in the last 3 seasons. Nolan Carroll signing was a lateral move compared to “losing” Claiborne. Fans have been screaming to ditch Claiborne and Carr for a few years. Now it’s finally happened. Dallas had to be willing to part ways with guys that were average talents. The youth movement continues.

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    not hard to have the #1 ranked run defense when nobody has to run bc its so easy to throw on you!!

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