Last night, the Cowboys’ starting defense played one full series. In that series, they struggled to stop the Broncos, giving up several big runs and a big pass play that was the result of a Gerald Sensabaugh brain fart. This morning, some were saying that this is cause for worry. It seems that many of the Cowboys’ problems last night were similar to the ones they faced last year. However, last night’s defensive performance means absolutely nothing, at least in my mind.
It’s important to remember that this squad has had less than a month to learn a new and complicated defensive scheme. Not only that, until last night, they hadn’t really practiced making calls and adjustments inside of a game context. Sure, they scrimmaged last week, but it’s nothing like playing in front of a packed house.
Nobody should worry based on judgments of pre-season football. It means nothing. The intensity is low and the desire to reveal secrets is even lower. What we get is a game full of vanilla packages, played by backups. For me, it’s enough that they don’t get blown out. Last year, they looked truly awful in the pre-season and it carried over into the season. They looked like they couldn’t have cared less. So, as long as they play with a little intensity in these games and don’t lay down for the opponent, I’m pleased.
Over the next couple of days, I’ll discuss last night’s pre-season opener a little more in depth. How about Dwayne Harris? Right now, I’d like to know if people saw cause for concern last night.