Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) carries up the field against Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Defense? What Defense?

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) escapes from Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) on a touchdown catch and run during the second quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

This may seem like a knee-jerk reaction, but this team needs to blow up the Defense. Two weeks in a row the Dallas Cowboys have given up the most yards in their history. This defense is worse than the infamous 1-15 year. This season has made me believe it wasn’t Rob Ryan, it was the players, or lack thereof.

If the New Orleans Saints didn’t start running the ball in the 4th quarter, this would have been the 5th 400 yard passer this year. Now I realize there are a ton of injuries, but it is clear this defense wasn’t very good to start with. Without Sean Lee, this defense isn’t even college level. This team has a poor pass rush, poor safety play, and virtually no pass coverage anywhere to be seen.

Before the draft I had wanted to bolster the offensive line, the defensive line, and safeties. We picked 1 starting O lineman (Brian Waters was a good signing out of retirement), a backup safety, a backup CB, and that is the end of the list in terms of fulfilling needs. Instead Jerry Jones got two WRs, a TE, and a RB, and it shows. Heck, they even let go of their FB which is also showing.

In the bye week? Well here is what needs to be addressed:

1. Find a pass rush. QBs are eating this team alive with all the time they have.

2. Play the ball. I see way too many catches that aren’t contended. How hard is it to stick a hand out?

3. Tackle. I know that they are trying to strip the ball, but at least wrap the guy up while you are doing it. This team is having issues tackling.

4. Fix the safety play. I don’t know if you need to play more press coverage to allow the safeties to adjust better or if it is too much zone on the back end. Whatever it is, there is very weak safety play.

5. Cover the flats and middle. This defense gives up so many passes in these two spots.

6. Get healthy. There has to be something they can do to prevent all of these hamstring injuries. At any rate, getting some players back will in fact help.

This team will also need to reevaluate itself in the in the off-season, that much is obvious. There needs to be changes, period. In a perfect off-season, this is how it should go:

1. Time for a coaching change, it is obvious Jason Garrett isn’t the answer. He is slow to adjust, and at times looks lost.

2. Time for a GM. I know Jerry will never give up his power, but he needs to admit he can’t draft well.

3. Get some guards. Wade Smith and Matt Slauson will be FAs. Even if a guard is drafted, they need to be considered.

4. Draft a safety or look in FA. Clinton-Dix (Alabama) will be in the draft and Donte Whitner and Michael Mitchell will be FAs.

5. Fix this D Line. Nix from ND and Hageman from Minnesota are in the draft this year and the list is long for free agent DL this offseason.

Sure, I realize all of this won’t happen, but it would be nice if some of it did, because after watching this game it is apparent this team doesn’t deserve to be in first place. The offense isn’t the problem. Giving up 40 first downs, over 600 yards, and only getting two 4th downs is the problem.

Now the Dallas Cowboys head in to a much needed bye week. It will be a week of getting people healthy, and hopefully trying to fix the problems of this defense. Although the way they are playing they will give up 400 yards passing and 100 yards rushing to the bye week. So for the song of this game? None other than Motley Crue – Same Ol’ Situation, because it seems we have seen this over and over again.


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  • SmartThinking

    The ten day bye isn’t nearly enough time to fix the extent of this team’s problems. We’re not talking a little tweaking of one or two position sets here or there. This Dallas team requires a thorough, top-to-bottom transfusion, and there’s not nearly enough time for that. Clearly stated, Kiffin’s defensive scheme is wrong for this team or, this team’s defensive players can’t play Kiffin’s style of defense. Maybe both. Dallas is lacking in talent at so many key positions on both sides of the ball, we simply don’t have enough draft choices or cap space to fill them all. And expecting a different outcome from the same players a second time is the epitome of Freud’s definition of insanity. I hope this team can find an inner strength and get itself through the remainder of this season. Maybe then Jones will have seen enough to make a position change at head coach. If he doesn’t see it and do what it takes, then Freud’s definition of insanity has struck this team once again.

  • n0ble

    That was kind of my point. It needs an overhaul. Looking at what Rob Ryan has done in NO, makes me believe it is players not scheme. I believe with some consistency and better play calling the offense can be good. But the D has to get fixed…you win in the trenches, something Jerry can’t seem to figure out.

  • Old Frog

    With so many backups, walk-ons, and second teamers on defense due to all the injuries it’s really hard to blame the coaches. The second teams didn’t do well at all in the pre-season so why is it any surprise they are doing so poorly now.
    Callahan is a different story. JJ really needs to reassess his future value as the offensive play caller (double entendre intended).

  • californy

    Last year in late November I study the Practice squad player on other team. I believe we can get better if we dump our underachiever and pickup some player who are available. This could be a way of quickly in developing your teams. There a player that come into mind, his name is Collin Klein QB, I would bring him in as a RB. Klein is 6-4 220 lbs and run a 4.4 40, he had 50 TD in rushing the last two years of college play as a running QB. He had another 4900 yards in the pass game also. I have a lot more player I can mention just kind of late in the day.