Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy (76) tackles Minnesota Vikings halfbackJerick McKinnon
(31) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Vastly Improved Pass-Rush
No single unit appears to be more improved than the Dallas Cowboys’ pass-rush. After ranking at the bottom of the league in sacks last season, the Cowboys knew improving in the pressure department was paramount to the team’s success.
Money was tight this offseason, and the Dallas Cowboys found themselves with some very tough decisions to make. Should they re-sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray and maintain the status quo, or should they roll the dice and invest a portion of that money in the pass-rush?
We know today that they went with the second of those options when they let Murray leave in free agency, and invested that money in pass-rush extraordinaire, Greg Hardy. Greg Hardy will begin the season on the suspended list and will not make his first appearance until week five. But there are plenty of other pass-rushing options that should elevate the rush this season.
DeMarcus Lawrence is expected to make huge strides in his second season. He stayed healthy and participated in his first full training camp, he completed the offseason program, and added significant weight and power. He’s also moving to the left side of the defensive line, where he will no-doubt exploit those match-ups against opposing right tackles.
Joining Lawrence is last season’s sack leader, Jeremy Mincey, free agent to-be undertackle, Tyrone Crawford, and rookie phenom, Randy Gregory. The Cowboys should be bringing the heat this season and are poised to be a top-10 sack team when it’s all said and done.
Next: A better secondary