Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) makes a catch while being defended by Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys Are Historically Bad On Defense

Look away at your discretion, but here are some disgusting facts about the 2013 Dallas Cowboys “defense” I put defense in quotation marks because it’s hard to even call this group of a players a defense. Let’s look at some of the historical records the Cowboys are setting in 2013:

The Cowboys are the third team in NFL history to allow 490 yards in 5 games. The other two teams were the 1950 Colts and the 1965 Oilers. 

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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There have been three games in 2013 where a team didn’t have to punt.  Two of those games (CHI, DEN) were against Dallas.

The Cowboys have also allowed 600 or more yards in two games (NO, DET).

The Cowboys are 32nd in the league in pass defense. The Cowboys are also 26th in Red Zone defense.

The Cowboys are also 28th in rushing defense. The team has given up 200 yards in a game three times.

The Cowboys have given up four 400 yard passing performances in 2013, the most of all time.

The Cowboys have given up 25 or more first downs 7 times this season, along with a game of 40 first downs (NO)

Should I keep going? I don’t mean to hijack Mark Lane’s “Just The Facts” articles, but those facts listed above are totally shocking. And the fact is, this defense is all-time bad. Historically awful.  A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how the Dallas Cowboys can’t stop anybody. And the sad thing is that their defense has actually been worse since then. Is it the scheme or is it the players? Is it the offenses fault for not helping keep up? These are the questions that Cowboys fans are left answering after another ugly loss, this time to the Chicago Bears.

But before we get to whether or not it’s the scheme or  players, I have to question some of these defensive players. Bruce Carter had zero desire to hustle to the ball. Brandon Carr was afraid to tackle.  The Cowboys provided zero resistance against the Bears offense last night. The Bears scored points on every drive last night, except for the final kneel down. By nature, I am an optimistic person. I tend to believe there is always an answer to every problem. And the question that people keep asking me today is, “How do you fix this defense?” And typically there are a few things I can find on the All-22 tape that usually give me at least some idea of how to fix the defense. But after last night, I have no clue.   I’m not so sure there is a solution that will “fix” the Dallas Cowboys defense. The team has spent the resources to improve their defense. Multiple high picks, free agent signings along with multiple respected defensive coordinators that have been asked to solve this riddle with each having a worse defense than the prior coach. So what needs to change? I am at a loss for answers.

The team will get a chance to prove that they aren’t the worst NFL defense of all time this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The Cowboys could be facing backup Matt Flynn on Sunday, but there is also an outside chance that Aaron Rodgers returns for the game. Either way, it is likely that we see another shootout come Sunday.

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