The Dallas Cowboys made a major mistake in January of this year. They fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and hired coaching legend Monte Kiffin to replace him. Ryan was soon hired by the New Orleans Saints and now leads one of the best defenses in football. Kiffin has lead the Cowboys further down the rabbit hole and given Dallas their worst defense in franchise history. It’s time to admit that mistake and move on from Kiffin. And I’m not saying in the offseason. I’m saying they need to fire him today.
Monday night’s embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears only reenforced the fact that this defensive scheme is simply not working. Honestly, they just allowed 348 passing yards and five touchdowns to career back-up and recent high school coach Josh McCown. There is something horrifically wrong with Dallas’ defense.
The Cowboys allow the most yards per game in the league with 421.6. How can you win and get to the playoffs when you allow the opposing offense that many yards? And how can some many people, including owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett, be so calm about it? This defensive approach isn’t working. And we have a very small window to fix it in the midst of a dwindling playoff race.
And let’s stop all the excuses.
Excuse #1: The Dallas Offense Stalls Too Much
Despite the Cowboys offense looking castrated at times, they are getting the job done for the most part. They average 27.4 points per game, good for third most in the NFL. And that should be good enough to win most of our games.
Excuse #2: The Defense Has Suffered Too Many Injuries
Yes, the Cowboys have suffered many injuries and roster moves, especially along the defensive line. But let’s not forget, the defense was at full strength in this game. (other than ineffective cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Justin Durant) A defense, I might add, who got the job done without middle linebacker Sean Lee the past two games…even just barely.
Excuse #3: The Cowboys Don’t Have The Right Players To Execute This Defensive Scheme
And the Cowboys front office and/or coaching staff didn’t know this fact when they made the switch in the offseason? They hired Kiffin prior to the NFL Draft. Why weren’t they concerned about that prior to drafting offensive players with their first three draft picks?
But let’s look at the present. We are in the middle of a playoff race. And now we are a game and a half behind the Philadelphia Eagles. We have no time to find the right players. We have to scheme to what we have now. And that’s what we assumed happened during the bye week. Whatever changes they made, barely helped us get past the Giants and Raiders. But it absolutely imploded against the Bears on Monday night.