Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) - defensive end Anthony Spencer (93) - linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) - defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) - linebacker Bruce Carter (54) - nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) and cornerback Brandon Carr (39) on the line of scrimmage before a play during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Defense Will Go as Far as Its Front Line


By now everyone knows the Dallas Cowboys had the worse defense in the NFL last season. It was the worse in team history. They set all types of records for futility in football. Cowboys defense gave up 437 yards  of total offense last year!

The Cowboys defense gave up 388 first downs. Over 4, 835 total passing yards. And 2,056 rushing yards. It gets worse. Remember the 40 first downs the defense surrendered to the Saints?  The playstation game I like to call it.

Even in victory, the Cowboys defense was bad. The Cowboys allowed Eli Manning to pass for over 430 yards and let a 29-12 lead vanish! Although it was a victory, it was a foreshadow of the Cowboys putrid defense.

Having you all relive that disappointing season, the main reason the Cowboys gave up so many yards was because of the injuries to the front seven, mainly the defensive line. With 32 different players, there was no way the Cowboys could stop anyone. But if the Cowboys can stay away from the injury bug (that’s a big if), especially its defensive line, they have a really good defense.

Yes, they can.

Think about it for a second with the players they have acquired. Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey, Terrell McClain, and Amobi Okoye. All of them are defensive linemen. Then add George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford, Caesar Rayford, Ben Bass, and maybe Anthony Spencer. I haven’t mentioned the draft picks, Anthony Hitchens and Demarcus Lawrence, two draft picks we are counting on to deliver. All of the them are defensive lineman.

With a healthy rotation of defensive lineman and Rod Marinelli as the teacher, the Cowboys will improve and surprise the league. Remember, the Cowboys front seven was injured most of the year and that is where the game is won – in the trenches. And we did not have it! Period! And the Cowboys have addressed it. So do not be surprised if the Cowboys defense is better this year. And do not be surprised if the Cowboys finally make it to the playoffs this year. That’s if the defensive line holds up.

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