Johnathan Barger: There is always hope that the defense will have a turnaround, but there’s not enough koolaid to drink to make me think that this defense can do something with the personnel it currently has. There needs to be a large spring cleaning and it starts in the secondary. Success, in terms of defensive play is loosely determined by stats in the NFL, but in terms of winning games, this defense will not have as many 4th quarter collapses next year. It’s still a vast improvement over last year, but still not good enough. And as to what happened with our early success and eventual failure; I think that the complexity of the defense finally caught up with Rob Ryan and there were too many communication problems. Don’t expect to see the same issues next year, even if there is a large turnover on defense.
Mark Contreras: Y’all have GOT to be sick of me saying this because I am sick of typing it. So, with that in mind, I will SHOW you instead of tell you. Once a defense figures out how to pick up the blitz packages (not too terribly hard to do and not uncommon), it is up to the defensive backs to give the pass rush an extra split second to a full second to beat their man and get to the quarterback. Why is that not happening? I’d say the legend, Troy Aikman, summed it up pretty well. Click here to watch and listen to Aikman.
Seth Jones: The defense has issues. Our secondary has problems, and it doesn’t help them that Rob Ryan’s defense leaves holes in the secondary when the blitzes fail to pressure the quarterback. It will NOT change this season. It will be the same defense that has a chance of being dominant OR horrible in every single game. Personally, I’d like to put Dez Bryant at defensive end and tell him to murder the quarterback’s face on every play. We could trademark his sacks as “sag-sacks” since his pants are never completely covering his butt.