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Woodson Wants Church to Step Into Leadership Role

S Barry Church is entering his third year as a starter

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Woodson Wants Church to Step Into Leadership Role

Longtime Dallas Cowboys safety turned ESPN analyst Darren Woodson has seen a veritable parade of safeties come and go since his retirement in 2004, and he has a theory on why the team has had such bad luck at that particular position.

It’s really two things,” Woodson told Dan Krupinski of TheLandryHat.com. “One is, they haven’t gone high enough in the draft to find a guy. They had [Eric] Reid last year, coming out of LSU, who San Francisco ended up picking up. The Cowboys had a chance, but they didn’t have the emphasis on the position. It wasn’t their primary emphasis. And then two, when you need to fill a position, until you absolutely focus on that position and that need, then you’re not going to do it.”

Woodson is high on one safety at Valley Ranch: Barry Church. Woodson believes it’s time for Church, who is entering his third season as a full-time starter, to step into a leadership role in the secondary.

“I’d like to see Barry take full control of that secondary and be the leader, instead of Brandon Carr,” Woodson said. “But at the same time, I think they’re young guys who have some room for growth. But you’re right, they just haven’t focused on the position.”

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