May 21, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin works with linebacker Sean Lee (50) and the defense during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys' Expect Major Improvements On Defense

This offseason the Cowboys have lost three key components to its defensive unit.

They decided to part ways with the franchise’s all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware. Jason Hatcher who is coming off his first Pro-Bowl season is now with the rival Washington Redskins. Lastly, Sean Lee was once again lost for the season with a torn ACL.

In the past few seasons, the Cowboy’s have elected to add depth and youth to the defense instead paying aging veterans.

In particular, the Cowboys’s have looked to bolster it’s defensive line which struggled to get consistent pressure last season.

They have added former Chicago Bear Henry Melton who is reunites with Rod Marinelli where he made his first Pro-Bowl. In addition, the Cowboys added low priced free agents Jermey Mincey and Terrell McClain.

Tyrone Crawford who is coming off a torn Achilles is also expected to have a major impact along the defensive line.

The Cowboys also have high expectations for DeMarcus Lawrence who they traded up for in the second round.

Although the Cowboys secondary struggled throughout the season, the coaching staff believes a stronger pass rush would take some of the pressure off their corners and safeties.

The coaching staff is also betting on Bruce Carter and Morris Claiborne living up to their high ceiling potential.

Coming off a season where the defense ranked last overall, the Cowboys hope the added depth and youth can overcome the loss of Lee, Hatcher and Ware.

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