Dallas Cowboys: Is defense better than offense?

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 18: Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

It’s been a very, very long time since the Dallas Cowboys defense has been on par with its offense, but that time may have come to pass.

The Dallas Cowboys had a decent defense last season, but not the scary, top-10 type that dominates opposing offenses.

For several seasons, the Cowboys offense has carried this team to several wins and its been its strength, its foundation.

You would have to go back several seasons to find a Cowboys team where the defense was just as dominant as the offense or better.

We all know how the Cowboys defense has been labeled as “the bend and don’t break” type. Or the offense had to hold onto the ball for the entire game so that the defense didn’t have to take the field and be exposed.

For a very long time, the missing link on the Cowboys defense was the “War Daddy”. That all exclusive, ultra-talented sack artist that brings hellacious thunder on opposing quarterbacks.

Well time is changing now, and the Cowboys appear to have found their “War Daddy” in defensive end, Demarcus Lawrence, along with Randy Gregory, Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong, and Maliek Collins on deck.

In addition, the linebacking corps and secondary have promising, up and coming stars. With praises being heaped upon this young defense on a daily basis, the question is whether the defense is now better than the offense?

Or will Dallas’ defense be just as good as its offense?

Based off of Lawrence’s 2017 breakout season ( combined with high expectations of the young players), Dallas’ defense could be just as potent as its offense.

Further, the defense has played spectacularly in training camp and in two preseason games. In those two preseason games, the first-team unit has not allowed any points and have given up only eight first downs.

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In Dallas’ first two preseason games, the defense has not allowed any running backs to gain more than four yards on 11 carries. Whether its preseason or not, that’s an impressive stat.

Better yet, it sets the tone for a stifling and hungry defense moving forward.

I know its only preseason and its training camp, but you have to give credit when credit is due. The defense is playing at a high level and the players look better than ever.

Let’s take a look at the secondary, for example.

Former safety Byron Jones is playing outstanding at his new cornerback position, using his athleticism, technique, and coaching from defensive backs coach Kris Richard to reach new heights.

The other defensive back, Chidobe Awuzie, is having a good camp/preseason with his playmaking abilities. Awuzie put his talents on display when he leaped up high in the air, tip the ball, and intercepted it with his raw athleticism. It was an awesome play on his part.

Jourdan Lewis, Jeff Heath, Kavon Frazier, and Xavier Woods (injured) are playing with high-level intensity. Even though cornerback Anthony Brown has been flagged three times, that can be attributed more to the coaching style he’s receiving from Richard.

The secondary coach wants his corners playing with a high motor and playing aggressively on the ball. These defensive backs are flying all over the field tipping balls and creating turnovers.

When was the last time you’ve seen that happen?

Dallas’ linebackers consist of the all-important Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and first-rounder Leighton Vander Esch. Lee is the linchpin of the defense, but Smith is receiving high praise for his play, too. In fact, Smith looks like the dominant player from his days at Notre Dame.

And Vander Esch appears to be the real deal.

The defensive line has plenty of depth, especially at the defensive end position. So with Dallas’ defense set on all fronts, this defense can pin its ears back and wreak havoc on the Carolina Panthers in its season opener (Cam Newton will test this defense).

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Dallas’ main identity will remain as an offensive juggernaut with Dak Prescott as quarterback and Ezekiel Elliott running behind the best offensive line in the NFL.

But finally, the defense might be as good as the offense, if not better!

  • Published on 08/23/2018 at 16:00 PM
  • Last updated at 08/23/2018 at 05:37 AM