Pittsburgh Steeler veteran safety Will Allen played for the Dallas Cowboys for four games.
He didn't enjoy the experience.
“It was a very micro-managed atmosphere,” Allen told Sirius XM NFL Radio. “Everything was heightened. Everything was very tight. I didn't feel the relationship and the bonding between players and coaches. Maybe just the players. Or maybe just a few coaches and a few players. I think that's the rift that you get and everybody wonders why Dallas can't finish; why Dallas isn't completing everything it needs to. The players are great.
“The players are tremendous. The coaches are some of the best in the business. You just need a cohesion there that allows players and coaches to really execute and do their jobs and it's not something hanging over their heads, that if they mess up you're going to get cut or you're not going to play or not going to do this. That's not fun for anybody.”
Allen intercepted one pass and had nine tackles in four games in Dallas before being replaced by rookie J.J. Wilcox.
“I'm not sure what role it played in them releasing me, but they didn't feel like I as if I fit in their scheme or their organization,” Allen said. “It's probably true. I have a lot of respect for the coaches there. I have a lot of respect even for Jerry Jones, but obviously it didn't fit. I wasn't the player they thought I would be or that I am.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.