Mailbag: Impact Of Helmet Rule? Lewis' Camp?


With the changes to the rules on tackling, how are the Cowboys working in preseason to adapt to those changes?


Bryan: Garrett has always been a coach that teaches fundamentals when it comes to tackling: eyes up, head up. He preaches it every day to his players. This is nothing new for him or his squad. As a team they should be just fine with the rules.

Rob: So many around the league seem to be concerned about the rule. Kris Richard, the Cowboys' new defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator, had a different answer. He said the rule at its core is really a re-emphasis of the rules that have been in place for a long time. Like Bryan said, Garrett's players aren't instructed to lead with their helmet and it's something they'll just continue to teach here.

I've been hearing a lot about the other DB's but not a lot about Jourdan Lewis. How has he looked during the camp? Has he been playing in the slot or has Brown won that position?


Bryan: It's amazing that you haven't heard about Lewis because we talk about these defensive backs every day. I generally write when good or bad things happen to them and Lewis is part of that group. He's in a battle with Anthony Brown at this moment for the starting nickel role. He hasn't been poor; Brown has just been a little better. Still a ways to go here.

Rob: Think Lewis has had a solid camp. He competes like crazy. The battles he's had with Lance Lenoir Jr. have raised the intensity of practice. Mostly he's been playing the slot behind Anthony Brown, who's been outstanding. But you need at least four good corners and I think the Cowboys have them.