New Players Fail To Improve Cowboys' Worst Defense

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs with the ball against Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2014 off-season, the Dallas Cowboys went on a dire mission to improve their horrific defense.  Even a mediocre defensive performance in 2013 would’ve been enough to claim the NFC East title.

Far below mediocre, they allowed the most yards in the NFL with 415.3 per game. To rub salt in the wound, those 6,645 yards were the most allowed in team history.

The plan was clear, overhaul the defense.  The first move was promoting elite defensive coach Rod Marinelli to lead the charge.  His massive challenge included revamping the entire defensive line.

All 4 of the projected Week 1 starters from 2013 will not start for the 2014 Cowboys in Week 1.  3 recent Pro Bowlers (since 2011)…Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, and DeMarcus Ware are no longer Cowboys.

Anthony Spencer remains, yet rehab from knee surgery will last into the season. Dallas realizes Spencer isn’t dependable, but merely a bonus if he contributes.

George Selvie and Nick Hayden replaced Spencer and Ratliff early last season.  Since those guys are back starting again, no upgrades to the starting DL have taken place.

Dallas has made zero upgrades to their starting defense through new additions. Even the strong push for greater depth is waning through injuries and missed practices.

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