A lot of people believe that the Dallas Cowboys are on the decline. Many believe that the defense got worse this offseason. Jason Hatcher, who was our best defensive player last year, is gone. DeMarcus Ware, who was our best defensive end, is gone. As well as our stud middle linebacker, Sean Lee, is out for the year. On paper, it looks like the Cowboys’ defense got worse. They were the worst defense in the league in 2013, and lost their three best players, so they should logically get worse right? No. That’s not how it works in the NFL. I believe the Cowboys made some smart moves this offseason, and are ultimately heading towards the right direction.
On paper, the Cowboys had tons of talent on their 2013 defense. DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Brandon Carr, and Morris Claiborne, were all expected to perform well. If everything went as planned on paper, we would’ve easily had a top defense. Counting the number of talented players on a team does not correlate to success. One reason why the Cowboys’ defense struggled was because of injuries and lack of depth. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, and Morris Claiborne all missed significant time because of injuries. Injuries are an unpredictable part of sports that will obviously hinder a team. In addition to injury, the lack of depth is also a huge contributor to the Cowboys’ struggles. Depth is such an underrated aspect of football. Having good depth means that players can plug in and replace injured players with a bit of ease. It also keeps our starters fresh and gives them a better chance to make plays late in the football game. For years the Cowboys had great starting talent, but little depth to back it up. However, I think that’s about to change.
The Cowboys made a lot of moves this offseason, just not a lot of big moves. The Cowboys made a lot of small signings to fortify their depth. Amobi Okoye, Terrell McClain, Rolando McClain, and Jeremy Mincey were all acquired this offseason. Each one of them have some experience under their belt and can be acceptable starters if needed. In addition the Cowboys added more depth in the draft. Zach Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence will start, but they’ll also push back veterans Mackenzy Bernadeau and Anthony Spencer respectively. The rest of the draft added depth to basically every defensive position as well as a bit more depth at wide receiver. The Cowboys had a bit of a quiet offseason, but they definitely made a lot of moves that shored up their depth.
In all honesty, the Cowboys had a fine offseason. They may have lost some big name starters, but they were aging players. The Cowboys are adding depth smartly to the team and is pumping youth into it. I’m not sure how well the Cowboys will do in 2014, but I do not think it will be as bad as everyone thought. The Cowboys are definitely heading the right direction.