Since taking over as defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Dan Quinn has turned the entire unit around. Nowhere is this more recognizable than how effective they are at attacking the quarterback.
In 2020, the Cowboys were tied for 20th in the NFL with just 31 team sacks. In Quinn's first season, which was in 2021, they jumped to 13th with 41. Then this past year, they were tied for third in the league with 54 sacks.
With their top defenders all returning, Dallas should once again be a top-tier pass-rushing team. The only question is whether or not they can leapfrog another elite unit that resides in the NFC East. Let's see if that happens as we rank the pass rush for all four teams in the East against one another.
4. New York Giants
Azeez Ojulari, Dexter Lawrence, Kayvon Thibodeaux
Overall, the New York Giants aren't bad at generating a pass rush. They finished 2022 with 41 sacks which was good enough for 13th — but they were last in the NFC East.
With no real changes, they're banking on health to get them out of last place in the division.
Azeez Ojulari was second on the team with 5.5 sacks (behind nose tackle Dexter Lawrence who had 7.5) but he accomplished this in just seven games. The former Georgia pass rusher has the talent to be a difference-maker but needs to stay on the field.
They're also hoping Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, can take a step forward this season. He finished with 49 tackles and four sacks but is clearly capable of more. If he can reach his potential, they could jump ahead of the Washington Commanders who come in at No. 3.