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NFC EAST
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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PROBLEM STAT

1.5 Yards per snap allowed in coverage by Danny McCray, the most of all safeties on the field for 50% of their teams' snaps.

SOLUTION

If all goes according to plan, Barry Church will return from the torn right Achilles that sidelined him after Week 3, and McCray will head back to the bench. Otherwise, draft T.J. McDonald, who was coached at USC by the Cowboys' new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin. McDonald can be a standout at either safety position and should be available in the second or even third round.

AND THEN?

Overhaul the offensive line, with the exception of LT Tyron Smith. Doug Free was the most penalized lineman in the league, with 15 flags, and the unit's 36 sacks allowed (16th in the NFL) would be much higher if not for quarterback Tony Romo's mobility.... Draft personnel, especially on the line, to help make the switch to a 4--3 defense. With the 18th pick, Dallas will be taking a hard look at 6' 3", 303-pound Shariff Floyd of Florida, who excels at tackle but can also play end.

PROBLEM STAT

120.6 Opponents' QB rating when throwing into the primary coverage of Nnamdi Asomugha, third highest among all corners (minimum 400 snaps in coverage).

SOLUTION

Rebuild Asomugha's faltering game and confidence, especially given the five-year, $60 million contract he signed last season. Maybe he'll never be the shutdown corner of his Raiders days, but Asomugha still has strong skills and he won't be 32 until July.

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