Mailbag: Writing Off McFadden Too Quickly? Outlook For The Secondary?

DAVID CLEAVERLAGO VISTA, TX

Where is the respect for Darren McFadden, and the great year he had only starting 11 games, and none with Romo? He might have won the rushing crown with a healthy Romo, he was within striking distance to Peterson last year. Let's not write this guy off just yet, he might be ready for a career year two years into the system...he deserves to be the starter this year.*

Bryan: I am willing to bet you at this time if I gave you a choice last season between Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, you would have taken Morris every time. Nobody is disrespecting McFadden, but this is part of the business. As far as being the starter, he has the most experience but he is not as talented as Elliott and that will be proven out.

David:It's not necessarily fair, but that's just the way it goes in the NFL. Darren McFadden deserves tons of credit for being one of the few bright spots on this team last year. Unfortunately, you don't draft players No. 4 overall to sit – especially not at running back. Ezekiel Elliott is younger and more talented, and I think that will begin to show as the season approaches. It's not fair, but life often isn't.

DAVID GUESTRICHMOND, VA
What do you predict happens with our secondary next year?  Let's say Brandon Carr, Mo Claiborne, and Barry Church all have productive years, who would you say comes back and signs an extension?

Bryan: Is this a 2017 question already? I am going to say that none of them are back.

David:This is one of the most intriguing questions about this team, because only Orlando Scandrick and Byron Jones have secure futures among this team's starting defensive backs. I wouldn't be surprised if Mo's injury history make him an unattractive option for other teams. And the fact that he's a homegrown player might make him more willing to stick around. Assuming his price tag is reasonable, I wouldn't be surprised to see Church stick around, either. The Cowboys will need to address the secondary in both free agency and the draft, and they have definitely shown a preference for re-signing their own. 

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