If you have listened or watched any NFL coverage over the past few months, you likely have heard at least one pundit say that the Dallas Cowboys will have one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2014. And they aren’t necessarily wrong. So going into the season, we know Dallas is going to have to compensate for their defense in other ways to win games. Here are three different philosophies to help the Cowboys overcome their potentially bad defense in 2014:
1: Play Every Game Like You Are The Big Under-Dog
The Dallas Cowboys under Jason Garrett have actually done fairly well when they go into a game knowing they are big under-dogs. When the Cowboys are facing a top offense that they know will put up points, Jason Garrett typically opens up his offense more and it helps Dallas get out to quick lead. Here’s a quick look at some games where Dallas was big under-dogs according to Vegas and the early leads they took: Too often, Jason Garrett coaches games conservatively in the first half and his offense doesn’t come out swinging early in the first. And with the defense the team is likely to have in 2014, they will be big under dogs in a lot of games. To win those games, Dallas is going to need to throw out everything they got at teams to jump out to early leads. When they have done that in the past, they have been successful. I suspect we see quicker starts from the Cowboys offense in 2014 because they are going to need them.