Cowboys Must Focus on Defense

Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) celebrates after recovering a fumble with linebacker Trent Cole (58) in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

So the Superbowl is over and the 2013/14 NFL season is just a dream or for some teams it’s a nightmare and for Dallas fans it’s Groundhogs Day with the same record.  If the Super Bowl taught us one thing, it’s that defenses still win championships.

Last season, Dallas’ defense was atrocious.  There is no nice way to put how bad the defense is and I am not one nor should any other Dallas fan blame injuries.  Yes we’ve had our fair share but the NFL is a team sport and there is a reason why the team has a 53-man roster.  If someone gets injured its next man up.  That’s the nature of the game.

Last year, Dallas’ defense ranked in the bottom of all major defensive categories and when your defense is stinking up the field the offense cannot continue to play at a high scoring level.  Not saying the offensive is entirely blameless but in reality the defense cost Dallas its fair share of games.

After reviewing the numbers from last season, Dallas ended up as 26th in the league in points allowed, 32nd in the league in points 30th in passing yards allowed and 27th in rushing yards allowed.  These numbers scream to me, Dallas needs to focus on its defense plain and simple.  These numbers tell me that Dallas is lacking almost everything on defense from defensive line to over the top help at safeties and most importantly, Dallas is lacking depth at the defensive positions.

It would be smart of Dallas to look beyond the best of the best coming out of college the predicted “finest” by the experts and draft unknown players who can be versatile on defense.  Players that have experience playing safety and cornerback or safety and linebacker, so that when the injury bug continues to plague us, Dallas has players that can be plugged into a system they already know.  But that’s just my two cents on the entire matter.

Sadly, the Cowboys defense let us down last season.  Hopefully going forward with the draft, Dallas can build that defense so that they aren’t picking up Joe Schmoe from the street to play next season.  It is imperative that Dallas make this a heavy handed defensive draft.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    Easy, hatcher need be replaced in first round, if not, the d line will be the last again, perioooooooood

  • ctcowboy1968

    Like your articles Kim. Completely agree that the draft has be D based. But don’t agree that unknown versatile players are the way to go. Dallas needs to get quality players that excel at their natural position. If a top notch DL player is not available at 17, then draft back like last year and get a lower 1st round DL and 2nd round DL. Worked great with Fred and TWill last year.

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