How Clowney and Adams could transform the Cowboys’ defense
Adams, in recent weeks, has been referred to as the best safety in the league so many times it’s become a cliché. He’s a tackling machine and had 6.5 sacks last year alone.
Remember, he’s a safety! Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on FS1 has even called Adams one of the top ten players in the game at any position, as reported by Kristian Dyer at Sports Illustrated.
Clowney, though he didn’t have huge numbers last year, is still in his prime at 27, and one of the best overall defensive ends in the game. He’s very tough at run defense and had 18.5 sacks between 2017-2018. Even when he doesn’t get to the passer, he’s a major disruptive force.
Either one of these guys could be a difference-maker for the Cowboys. But what if America’s Team could swing them both? Well, just imagine Clowney on the line with fellow Pro Bowlers, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Poe, and McCoy.
How’d you like to try blocking that lineup? And that’s just the starting four. Dallas would still have Aldon Smith, Tyrone Crawford, and Gallimore off the bench.
Adding Adams to the starting rotation at safety with Xavier Woods would bring the weakest point of Dallas’s defense to maybe its strongest.
Remember, the Cowboys will have three Pro Bowlers at linebacker this year, in Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee.
There would still be questions at cornerback, but between the draft and free agency, the Cowboys have thrown a ton of darts at the position. In this fantasy scenario, Dallas would likely have one of the strongest front nine (defensive line, linebackers, and safeties) in the league.
Seriously. That’s no exaggeration. That’s what bringing these two star players onto the team would accomplish.
Just imagine the pass rush. Say you’re a quarterback, and on any given play, you might have Lawrence, McCoy, Clowney, Aldon Smith, Jaylon Smith or Jamal Adams coming at you. Who do you even look out for? You’d need eyes in the back of your head. It would be scary.
Would the additions of Adams and Clowney assure the Cowboys a Super Bowl berth? Of course not. Football is a sport. You never know. But I think these moves would give Dallas its strongest lineup since the 1990s. They would be very scary on both sides of the ball. And that’s a pretty good start.
Now, all Jerry Jones has to do is negotiate the Jets down to something reasonable for Adams and convince Clowney to settle for half his asking price. That should be easy, right?