Dallas Cowboys: Four ways to instantly improve the defense

Everson Griffen, EDGE, Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Everson Griffen, EDGE, Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dallas Cowboys. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Cowboys defense has allowed 38+ points per game and over 430 yards per game.

The wrath of 2020 has seemingly hit the Dallas Cowboys hard. After signing a slew of veteran free agents and having a draft class for the ages, the optimism of the offseason has been largely lost over the last four weeks.

Tyron Smith, who has recently been ruled out for the rest of this season, adds his name to a long list of players including, but not limited to, La’el Collins, Gerald McCoy, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, Leighton Vander Esch, and Sean Lee.

The injuries were expected to negatively impact this team, however, it was difficult to predict that the team would combust like this. The game against the Cleveland Browns highlighted just how far behind the team is from contending for the Super Bowl that fans had envisioned at the end of the offseason.

After a long week of reflecting and game planning, the Dallas Cowboys will play their divisional opponent New York Giants in Week 5. On paper, this seems like the perfect time for Dallas to turn things around.

The New York Giants have the worst offense in the league. This is quite ironic as former Dallas Cowboys coach now coordinates and calls the plays for the Giants offense. The team lost star running back Saquon Barkley in week two to an ACL injury, but even without him, the offense has been unremarkably stale and predictable. Raise your hands if you’ve heard that vernacular used before to describe your favorite team’s offense?

However, the issue doesn’t solely exist with Jason Garrett. Second-year QB Daniel Jones has continued to be a turnover-prone player. In four games, the signal-caller has thrown five interceptions and fumbled the ball an extra three times. He will be facing a team that has forced all of two turnovers thus far this season.

However, if this season has been any indication of the team’s play on Sundays, it’s that matchups on paper clearly don’t matter. What will matter is how the team reacts to a historically horrible performance from last week. One question that will likely be answered this week is what changes occur on defense?

So here are a few changes that could improve the defense!