NFC Playoffs Provide Cowboys Draft Blueprint

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Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (92) and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE

There’s no doubt Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are still going to tow the line they are competing to win titles, not simply make the playoffs.  Jerry’s logic is and always has been, just make the playoffs and anything can happen.

The ridiculous nature and lack of logic in that statement is beyond pathetic.  Sure, any playoff team can win a Super Bow and underdogs do it with regularity.

However, a team is not going to win a conference title if their talent is only good enough to scrape into a playoff spot.  The teams that make these SB’s as underdogs are very talented teams, and for one reason or another turned it on late.

The Giants and Ravens are prime examples within the recent past.  What did they have in common?  Intense and smothering defense they cranked up when it counted.

In last weekend’s NFC Divisional Playoff Round, ALL 4 defenses rank in the top 4 of the conference in points allowed per game and yards allowed per game.

3 of those defenses are in the top 5 in sacks recorded, 2 rank in the top 3 in interceptions.  In comparison, the Cowboys’ defense ranks 12 of 16 in points allowed, and dead last in yards.

Forget drafting the flashy skills positions early for once.  Dallas must fix their embarrassing defense first at ALL costs.  The DL is broken and undermanned, the LB corp now has new areas of concern, and the safety spot next to Barry Church is a mess as usual.

If Dallas has any prayer of matching up with the NFC elite and staying in the building, the defense has to be upgraded dramatically.  Adding a few guys and getting healthy won’t get it done…focus defense.

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  • Old Frog

    Totally agree except as everyone on these boards knows by now I’m pounding the table for Cyril Richardson at LG and subsequently moving Leary to the right side.

    • Chesney Blair

      I like what I hear about Richardson. If Manziel doesn’t fall down close enough for a reach or Bridgewater or Bortles, that can be a good move. I like Auburn’s Greg Robinson as well but I think the Giants will nab him. You can select him and get a guard in the third and shore up the oline for years. Afterwards, the Cowboys can pick up a dt or de in the second. Maybe trade their later rounds for another third and get another dt or de again.

  • SmartThinking

    The offensive line will take one early pick to fix for the next decade. Fix it now!

    Spend the other six or seven picks on the defensive line and backfield if you want to.

    Just please don’t draft any more running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. They just use up our picks or end up becoming stars for other teams that kick our butts. Chicago comes to mind as exhibit A.

    • Old Frog

      ST, you know I agree with you. This no time to get cute. Take CR at 17 and go home happy. Who cares if others have him maybe lasting until the 2nd round – a lot of people thought Frederick should go in the 3rd and look how that worked out.

    • Earl Robertson

      This year draft and the direction it goes will determine for me if I will get into the
      Cowboys heavy or just realize we headed for another losing season! You so right how these sorry picks at the worse time never do anything until they go to another team and then they play lights out