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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