Even though the NFL off-season is in its infancy, the Dallas Cowboys have not hid the fact that the defense, once again, is at the forefront of their minds in making a run at the playoffs next season.
Dallas general manager, Jerry Jones, must hold firm to the belief that defense wins championships. Long ago when Jerry Jones took over ownership of the Dallas Cowboys it was. Now, it is good offenses win championships. If you take a look at the teams currently in the NFC and AFC Championship Games they had high scoring offenses that for the most part had a balanced running game, New England probably the only exception.
The NFL is changing and new rules are being implemented on a yearly basis. Rules for player’s safety have taken the game from a purely defensive game to favoring offenses. With that being said,Dallas has focused this very early off-season on the defense. The hiring of new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli solidified that Dallas wants to go back to the 4-3 defense as opposed to the 3-4 defense. This is not necessarily a dumb move by Jerry Jones and company. The Dallas Cowboys have never won a Super Bowl without running the 4-3. I am not saying that Dallas is Super Bowl bound and I wouldn’t make that bold of a predication this early in the off-season.
With the defensive side once again being the focus of the early off-season it brings the question what will Dallas do with a less than decent offensive side of the ball. First of all, I know rumors of “quietly” looking for an offensive coordinator have been whispered throughout blog sites and Facebook and Twitter. That’s great however, not to disappoint but current offensive coordinator in name only Bill Callahan isn’t the answer. Callahan wasn’t the answer for Dallas’ offensive line problems either. So where potentially could Dallas go with the offensive coordinator position since we can assume Callahan or current offensive play-caller and head coach Jason Garrett aren’t the answers. Who out there is available that could work with the mediocre talent this team seems to have on most Sunday’s? Only two candidates really pop into mind that are currently not with another team and that is Tom Moore and Brian Billick.
However, that is only speculation and honestly,Dallas’ offense needs an overhaul that’s been long overdue and neglected. It doesn’t seem that the offense is once again a priority but Jerry Jones can’t be blamed for starting with the defense once again either. The Cowboys offense sustains barely but they do sustain. The ability of quarterback Tony Romo to extend most plays helps the offense sustain but as Romo gets older so does it limit his ability to extend those plays. The defense this past year did have Dallas playing from behind more often than not so again it doesn’t hurt to start there but let’s hope the remainder of the off-season they finally figure out how to make the offense especially the offensive line better for the next season because with the NFL changing it’s starting to be offenses win Super Bowls and not defenses.