I'm not going to roast Alan Ball. I like him- he is talented, and has been around for a few years now. But here is what I fear.
Talent alone does not make a good safety. We used to be so blessed at safety, for so long, we never knew how good we had it in those days. Breathe a sigh of relief, and repeat the words..."Darren Woodson". There- does that help ease the pain a little bit? Alot of you younger fans that don't know who I'm talking about, you may have to go youtube this guy to understand.
The guy brought the wood AND the hammer, and then he would nail the coffin shut. the rest of the team would then carry it off.
I know the game has changed, defenses have changed, offenses have changed. But watching Greg Olson's touchdown, I got a little confused. Not only was Ball playing off of him, he could not catch him.
Now Ball is a smaller guy, so he can't bring Olson down, at least not easily. And if he can't catch him, then there is a problem. It seems like every team has a "Jason Witten" clone anymore. Big, fast, strong, good hands, good route runner, hard to bring down. I know Ball is a converted corner, and plays the pass well, but the real question is this: Is this an experiment by Wade?
I don't know, that's why I'm asking. the Dallas Cowboys have been plagued with poor safety play for so long, that maybe, just maybe, Ken Hamlin wasn't as bad as we thought he was, or was he? I don't know.
Safety is an enigma for the Dallas Cowboys anymore. I want to give Ball a chance, but after what I saw, I'm wanting performance there (nothing new, eh?)