Here’s why I think that the Dallas Cowboys championship aspirations currently lie on the shoulders of their young defense unit.
If the Dallas Cowboys want to win a championship their young defense will have to rise to the challenge.
The lack of defense – specifically pass rush – has been well documented the past several seasons in Big D. Many fans believe the defense can be attributed to the last two losses in the playoffs. Their argument makes sense in many ways.
Clearly the club hopes to correct this trend. They finally put ample resources towards that side of the ball in hopes to correct the issue.
An overhaul and injection of youth shouldn’t hurt the Cowboys too much. However, the question remains if this unit will be able to rise to the challenge and be effective this season.
The Cowboys can’t afford for their defense to take a step in the wrong direction. It will be up to the coaching staff to get these players up to speed and put them in prime position to be effective.
Rarely do rookies have the type of impact that puts a team over the top. Luckily for Dallas they were able to set the blueprint last season. Look at how those rookies were able to change a franchise’s path in one season.
Perhaps it is possible that last years rookie class can give this years crop some confidence that they can be game-changers.
There is no question there has been an upgrade at talent throughout the defense. Just take a look at this names. Taco Charlton, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, Marquez White, Jaylon Smith, and Charles Tapper.
Including the two red-shirts from last season this group has the potential to turn a lot of heads in this league.
I firmly believe that the leadership from veterans like Sean Lee and Jason Witten will help these young bucks step up to the challenge and deliver. Dallas has a process in place that helps maximize each players effectiveness and a culture that breeds the best levels of competition.
With great challenge comes great opportunity. Just ask Dak Prescott.