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.
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.
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.