The great ones find a way to win no matter the circumstances. The Dallas Cowboys have been anything but great the past two weeks. The defense has been disturbing and downright disgusting. But the problems are seeded deeper than one unit not getting the job done. Sure, the defense is a big problem, and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin should be put out to pasture, after his unit let back-up quarterbacks Josh McCown and Matt Flynn walk all over them.
The problems are much deeper than what is on the surface. During the second half of last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, everyone watching the game could see things slipping away. With a dominant display in the first half, most teams would have been able to hold onto a lead as sizable as the Cowboys had. But that wasn’t how things shook out, and the Dallas defense let the Packers come from 23 points down to win the game. But the issues are spread across the board.
The idea of a team is to have every unit lift the other one up. The defense was torn up, especially at the linebacker position. In this circumstance, the offense and special team units need to lift the defense up and do whatever they can to keep them off the field. They did the exact opposite and the defense spent way too much time on the field. It’s understandable that you want to be aggressive and not take your foot off the gas, but when the Cowboys run game is averaging more than seven yards a carry, shouldn’t you lean on that?
With a team that cannot find an identity, makes some of the most head-scratching play calls and has no proven depth behind their top-tier starters, there’s no way the Dallas Cowboys can content for a title. Until these issues are rectified, look for continued frustration on our end, and a whole lot of mediocrity coming from the Cowboys. There’s really no other way around it.