Watching The NFL Playoffs: Lessons For The Dallas Cowboys

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Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) fails to catch a batted pass against Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (29), cornerback Marcus Trufant (23) and cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Defense:

First off, both teams are supremely talented on the defensive end. Not only are they well stocked with great players, they play well as a defensive unit. Both have units that are ranked in the top-10 in all defensive categories. They can rush the passer, they can stop the run, and they make sure no quarterback can throw on them. It is scary watching these teams play football. The Cowboys can’t get to that level all in one off-season, but they can focus on one area that helps any defense get better. They need to build up their defensive line. Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones has ignored this area for many years and it is starting to haunt him. Years of letting older players get contract extensions have now created an aging and often injured line that can’t generate a pass rush. That is no way to build a quality defense. Creating a dangerous defensive line will reenergize this defense and help make the entire defense much better. Just look at the New York Giants in 2007 and 2011.

 

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  • Old Frog

    Agree with run the damn ball. The 49ers have four first round picks on their O line. We have two. I say we should take Cyril Richardson at 17 and then we would have 3. It’s not four, but it’s better than two. He’s a local kid and should have been a Frog but we won’t hold that against him. With Smith-Richardson-Frederick we could pound the ball to the left side all day long.

    • SmartThinking

      At least somebody else is SmartThinking!!! I’ve been preaching they fix the thing that’s broken least and that’s the offensive line. Richardson’s addition will go a long way towards making the Dallas line, a bunch of young guys, all with mean streaks, a veritable force to be reckoned with for the next decade. Then dump Bernadeau, move Livings to RG and start looking for his replacement, too.

      • Old Frog

        And god forbid but in case of an emergency he has experience at LT as well.

    • Scott.

      I understand and half agree with u but I think u have to go defensive line with 1st. Then maybe next best guard in 2nd if not d line or safety. Once again the lost games and playoff hopes cause of defense. I get strengthen the oline and solidify it more but the other side of the trench is just as important.

      • Old Frog

        We lost 5 games by a total of 7 points. Another field goal (or touchdown) in each of those games and we go 13 and 3. I think a premier OG gets us those points and is a faster, easier fix than trying to rebuild a defense in order to hold other teams to fewer points. That said, I’d be all in for using all the rest of the picks on defense. Full disclosure, I’m still upset that we traded up for Claiborne instead of taking DeCastro and then took Escobar instead of Warford. I’m hoping this year will be different.

        • Scott.

          Agree with not getting decastro or Warford although decastro got hurt early on in his young career and Warford who was the best guard coming out was taken in 3rd round. Your assessment of one more touchdown is a two way street, if defense gives up one less touchdown the results are the same.

          • Old Frog

            I know DeCastro got hurt with the Steelers and that was bad luck; he had no history of prior injury and he might not have gotten hurt with the Cowboys. The fact that Warford was chosen in the 3rd round only demonstrates how badly teams misjudged his value prior to the draft; not unlike Frederick. The two-way street is the common rebuttal but like I said, I think a premier Guard between Smith and Frederick is a faster fix for getting that extra field goal and protecting Romo’s bind side so he can pass more effectively than rebuilding the Defense to limit opponents’ scoring, but I do acknowledge the need for improvement there, hence my commitment to going Defense with all the other picks.