Someone needs to slap me, but did I really just write that headline? Well, let me explain because in no way are the Dallas Cowboys out of the cellar.
We’ll recall that after the Dallas Cowboys were embarrassed by the St. Louis Rams, Wade Phillips announced that he was going to take over the Dallas Cowboys defensive play calling. The Cowboys have the most sacks on the NFL with 40 and DeMarcus Ware leads the NFL with 15, after getting three against the Seattle Seahawks. The defense also is holding teams from scoring. They are also getting turnovers, including interceptions that have eluded the team most of the year.
But the biggest problem still remains the secondary when the Cowboys are in zone. I am not the only one who is seeing this, but I think it is pretty obvious. According to Phillips, the Cowboys mostly play zone because he doesn’t think his cornerbacks play man-to-man well. When playing zone, you’ll notice the huge cushions receivers get. It seems like the easiest defense to make short plays against because no one is there within five yards unless he is super speedy. The only way to fix it is adjust the zone defense or test the corners with man to man. I am not sure the Cowboys want to take a bunch or risks with four games left and three of them have to be won to guarantee a playoff berth.