It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are looking for impact pass rushers to improve their defense this offseason. But where will they find one?
It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are looking for impact pass rushers to improve their defense. Owner Jerry Jones has been vocal about the matter, and it is fairly obvious that’s the teams glaring weakness. Fans should expect an all-in push to fix their biggest problem this offseason.
Dallas ended up finishing the year with a respectable pass rush, and their defense was ranked 13th in the league in sacks (36.0). This wasn’t enough though, because as an entire unit they were just average again last season.
It was like déjà vu in the divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had all-day to throw, and nobody on the Cowboys defense was able to provide any type of consistent pressure as the Packers blasted out of the gate with a 21-3 lead. In the end, their lack of pass rush early in that postseason contest got Dallas beat again when it mattered most.
Getting a player that can demand a double team and get double digit sacks each year is a must-have for any dominant defense. As Jones put it in an interview last week, the Cowboys need a “War Daddy” on the defensive line. The question now is, how will they get a war daddy?
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Will Dallas try to make a push for ex-defensive end DeMarcus Ware? Will they try to trade up in this years draft to acquire a sure-fire player? Could they trade for a proven veteran? All of these questions will be answered in the upcoming weeks, fans just need to let Jones and the front office put on their poker faces and go to work.
The Cowboys have done a marvelous job drafting talented players to make an immediate impact on the team the last several years. The last thing that should cross the executives mind is to trade a draft away for one player. It’s too risky. So, the hard work begins finding that war daddy without giving up too much of your future.
Could Dallas decide to use quarterback Tony Romo as a piece to acquire the capital needed for this type of trade? It sounds perfect on paper, but it’s much more complicated than that. Romo’s market value probably only nets the Cowboys a second round pick, so it’s unlikely.
When it is all said and done I believe the Dallas Cowboys will likely sign a veteran, as well as do all they can to get one of the first-round caliber pass rushers this April. Jones has been known to wheel-and-deal and he’s going all-in to help this defense get to the next level.