Lack of Turnovers
The Dallas Cowboys lost many of their starters in their defensive secondary this offseason to free agency. And the Cowboys seemed fine allowing veterans like cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church leave Dallas. They were all part of a defense that ranked 27th in interceptions last season.
In response, the Cowboys signed veterans like cornerback Nolan Carroll and safety Robert Blanton in free agency. And they selected corners Chidobe Awuize and Jourdan Lewis high in the 2017 NFL Draft. Dallas also added talented late rounders like safety Xavier Woods and corner Marquez White.
The hope was to add this new influx of talent to their existing cast. Players like cornerbacks Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown. And safeties like Byron Jones and Jeff Heath. Together this unit, although inexperienced, would ultimately be a better fit for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme in Dallas.
And the hope was they would be able to cause more turnovers than the previous regime. But through three preseason contests, against very questionable quarterback play, this Cowboys secondary has exactly zero interceptions.
And though this defense was able to create several forced fumbles against the Rams, Dallas was only able to recover one.
Three games in and the Dallas Cowboys “revamped” defense has a single takeaway. Now that’s disappointing.