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Mailbag: Dak To Gallup; Secondary's Strides

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Prior to the start of the season, much was made about the Cowboys' secondary being a weak link. But of late, it seems like the young guys back there, specifically Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods and Anthony Brown have improved a lot. What is your take on the secondary? It is starting to look like more and more of the sacks the defense is getting are results of really good coverage to my untrained eyes. - JAMES MITCHELL

Bryan: There were questions about the secondary, but I wouldn't have called them the weak link. The addition of Kris Richard has been tremendous. He has taken a talented group and molded them into a special unit. These players have always been talented. They just needed someone to direct them.

Rob: I agree with Bryan – never thought the secondary was a weak link. Each of the DBs you mentioned had solid games against the Eagles. Byron Jones has been terrific all year. Woods seems more and more comfortable at safety. Jourdan Lewis has a lot of talent, so his limited snaps say a lot about the job Brown has done in recent weeks.

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Watching these games I believe Michael Gallup should be having a season like Calvin Ridley or maybe even better. He is always open when he runs those "go" or "9" routes. But Dak keeps missing him. What do you guys think is contributing to them not hitting those passes? - LARNELL SHARPS / DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD

Bryan: No question Prescott has missed him some, but watch Gallup off the line. There are those snaps where he's fighting to get off the line and he stumbles or gets knocked off balance then has to recover. Timing has been an issue here. Correct that, and you hit more passes.

Rob: It's a good question. It's worth noting that they have connected on a few deep balls this season, including a 49-yard TD the first game against Washington and a 40-yarder early against the Saints. On the ones they've missed in the last three games, seems like Prescott just hasn't put the ball quite on target for the most part.

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