The Dallas Cowboys' Best Defensive Player Wears #29

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There’s no denying it. Even if somehow you were inebriated enough to even attempt denial, why would you? The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has been atrocious. This past season we’ve seen great opposing quarterbacks flail us and even marginal QB’s were made to look Herculean. All at the expense of the fans’ sanity. Welcome to my padded room.

For all of the nausea we’ve been forced to experience at the hands of this much maligned Cowboys’ defense, I must proudly admit the organization has finally taken roads to end this debacle. With some terrific defensive player moves in the off season and arguably the best NFL Draft in recent memory, the foundation is being set for improvement on that side of the ball. It’s clear as a cloudless day and just as refreshing.

We will be able to run the football better and control the game a little more.- HC Jason Garrett

Now that the obvious has been stated, let’s explore what isn’t being examined. Let’s discuss how in 2014, the Cowboys’ best defensive player may not be on the defense at all. It may be the guy wearing #29 and standing behind quarterback Tony Romo: runningback DeMarco Murray. Gasp! What has come over me? Sanity, that’s what.

Consider the following. The NFL is a league with rules and penalties designed to favor passing offenses and is taylored to provoke high scoring games. Now, of course it would be easy to assume that the best way to stop one would be to have a great passing defense. Makes sense, right? Sure, in theory. In reality, though, the best way to stop a fire isn’t by pouring water on it. It’s to never let the fire get started in the first place. Just as Smokey the Bear.

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  • SmartThinking

    If you think Murray is a bruiser, wait til you get a load of Copeland. When he hits, players lose the fillings from their teeth. Can’t wait to see him suited up and running at the defense. It’s going to be a spectacle.

    • Old Frog

      I’m with you. Compared to Franco Harris he’s 3″ shorter and 40 lbs heavier but only .2 seconds slower in the 40. He loses 25-30 lbs he could be something.

  • David

    Yes very true but the HC will never use his best defensive player to his potential. He would rather use what he thinks is his best defensive player in number 9. Thats why he will be gone next year.

    • Old Frog

      Wanna bet?

      • David

        Sure what would you like to bet. So you think JG is back next year no matter what?

        • Old Frog


          • David

            Well if he is such a lock then why didnt JJ already extend him??? And what you wanna bet?

          • Old Frog

            Jerry “P T Barnum” Jones moves in mysterious ways. Could be he’s waiting to make a big marketing splash. Could be he and Jason discussed it and feel it sends a good message to players to play hard even though their contract status is ‘iffy’. Could be they are waiting to see how the season turns out to decide how long the deal should be – 2 years vs. 10 years. I don’t know but yeah, I’d bet on it.

          • David

            Well and I would take that bet. Because no offense but your theories are flawed. JG is not Bill Parcells or another big name where it would be a splash. And there is no benefit or motivation in having a potential lame duck coach.

          • Old Frog

            We’ll see. Jason is part of the family and in the Jone’s clan that means more than the record as long as the players keep playing hard for him. Might as well be talking about firing Stephen.

  • Old Frog

    I’ve said many times the best defense is 35+ mins TOP and 150+ yds/game every game.

    • Bigsteady

      You said a mouthful old frog ,just pound that rock down there throats and the passing game will open up if needed and control TOP thru out the game ( especially in the 4 qtr)

  • IBleedBlue

    Jerry Jones extended Jason Garret by bringing in Will McClay.

    We will draft better and sign UDFAs better.