We all know how bad the Dallas Cowboys defense was last season, and with the injuries and now suspension of Orlando Scandrick this defense could go from bad to worse. While it looked like the Dallas Cowboys would invest heavily in defense this offseason the only position they really addressed was a little bit on the defensive line. Safety and CB weren’t touched, and there was really only one addition on defense. Granted McClain could be better than he has been, but they are down Sean Lee again.
While there were injuries last season that seriously hurt the Dallas Cowboys on the defensive side of the ball, this team just does not have depth. Jeff Heath was terrible last season as the backup safety, and by looking at the first preseason game, he is still making many of the same mistakes. Sean Lee being out last season hurt the playmaking ability of the team and it looks as though they are without him again this season. There wasn’t much behind him. Lastly, to be honest it was like a surprise to see who the Cowboys would throw out on the DL.
Jerry and Jason have refused to address the safety position with quality in a long time, and with the ragtag group on the DL this defense has lost quite a bit in terms of pass rush. With Ware gone, Spencer hurt, Lee out, and Scandrick on suspension, there is a lack of leadership on the defensive side of the ball. What bothers me most is that this team does not really blitz, and asking the four guys up front who are mediocre at best at pass rushing to get to the QB is a tall order.
I will hold out saying this defense will be worse than last season, but it has the ability to be much much worse. If the coaching staff can get more out of the players and the scheme than they could in fact improve. If they can’t then expect major changes next season.