Looking at the current state of Cowboys’ defensive affairs, I must admit the next superstar(s) to emerge don’t immediately stand out. What does stand out is the unreal potential we have on that side of the ball. From newly drafted defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence (I predict 7-8 sacks in his rookie campaign) to young, hungry blood like LB DeVonte Holloman and LB Justin Durant, I like what I’m looking at.
Many have demonized the trade for then retired LB Ronaldo McClain, but, it’s pure genious. The young man is troubled, yes. He is also extremely talented and hits like a freight train. Anyone that can lacerate the spleen on a machine like TE Jason Witten commands respect on the field. The off the field antics can cease with the proper coaching and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the man for the job. Hardnosed and down to business. Besides, what’d we really lose in the trade? Exactly.
Defensive lineman George Selvie is coming off of a great year considering we walked him in off of the street into an injury-decimated line. He could very well build on last year especially if teams start to key in on Lawrence and Melton in the trenches. Throw high-potential rookies like LB Anthony Hitchens and LB Will Smith in to the fold and sprinkle a little S Ahmad Dixon coupled with S Barry Church and all I see is possible greatness from the youth and the free agent pickups.
“Some of the pickups we’ve made in free agency during the off-season are some talented guys. Maybe their situation somewhere else didn’t allow them to be their best and it was time for them to have a new environment,” Garrett said. “Hopefully we can provide that for them.” – HC Jason Garrett via Sports DFW
With training camp in full swing and players in full pads, now’s the time for players to put the rubber to the road and for coaches to put them in the best possible situations to succeed. For the next great Cowboys’ defensive players to appear, it’s going to take a team effort and that includes the offense doing the right things to keep them rested and sharp. A disconnect of offense and defense leads to…..wait for it….8-8 (I rebuke thee).
So as we enjoy training camp and pray for no major injuries, let’s look closely at a lot of our young defensive players and even our not so young ones that have a ton to prove. Mark my words, there will be some emerging defensive pro bowlers this year. The fun part is finding out who and enjoying their demolition as they build. Hopefully…everything will be awesome.