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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