The Dallas Cowboys are 2-7 and missing several key players to injuries, but there are plenty of positives moving forward for this team.
Nobody predicted the Dallas Cowboys would suffer major injuries to their All Pro offensive line, top cornerback and top interior defensive lineman. And nobody would have dreamed they’d lose franchise quarterback Dak Prescott (a player who’s never missed a game to injury before) to a season-ending ankle injury.
In fact, the Dallas Cowboys entered the 2020 season as the favorites to win the NFC East and were considered Super Bowl contenders. That seems like a long time ago as the Cowboys Super Bowl aspirations came crumbling down piece by piece, each and every Sunday, as they lost closely contested games and key players to injury.
To add insult to injury, the Cowboys are ranked dead last in the league in total defense (allowing 33 points a game) and are struggling to score points. Since Dak’s injury, the Cowboys’ offense has scored a measly 41 points through four games – after averaging well over 30 points a game prior to Dak’s injury.
But despite the disappointing 2-7 record, the Cowboys have a bright future with some up and coming talent. And when I say bright future, I’m not talking about the Cowboys tanking the season and securing the rights and drafting a quarterback.
No, I’m talking about the players already on the roster. Because after watching Dallas play the Philadelphia Eagles and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, this team has players that are talented enough to become future cornerstones .
Let’s talk about it. And I promise to be objective (grin).
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE
Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, Donovan Wilson, Neville Gallimore, DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will be the key parts of Dallas’ defense (Aldon Smith will be a major contributor if Dallas can re-sign him). All of these players have proven that they can make plays and they’ll only get better with time and development, especially with the rookies.
Before his unfortunate foot injury, Diggs had recorded two interceptions and almost corralled another one against Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers.
Also, Wilson had the same opportunity to snatch the same ball as Diggs. Wilson and Diggs have shown improvement over the last few games, and that gives this secondary a positive in their ability to rebound in 2021.
Right behind those two studs is fifth-year veteran Anthony Brown, who has already returned a fumble for a touchdown. Brown doesn’t get much credit as a solid contributor, but Brown is an above average corner and good tackler. That’s why Dallas’ front office signed Brown to a contract extension instead of Chidobe Awuzie or Jourdan Lewis.
Brown gave up a touchdown against the Steelers, but Brown has shown that he can cover and not get consistently burned like fellow teammate Jourdan Lewis. With Diggs, Brown, and Wilson in the defensive backfield, Dallas has a trio of defensive backs who can tackle and have ball hawking capabilities.
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As long as he can stay healthy, LVE is dynamic linebacker with potential to be one of the best in the league. It’s no coincidence that Dallas’ run defense got better when LVE returned. His instincts, awareness, tackling ability, and leadership skills are bar none. Simply put, LVE knows how to play the linebacker position the way its supposed to be played-similar to the way Sean Lee once played the position. Roaming sideline to sideline and meeting running backs on the point of contact in the backfield is what LVE does well.
Like I stated before, Dallas’ run defense got better when he returned, but LVE had some help from a rookie defensive tackle, Mr. Gallimore. Site expert Reid Hanson explained how Gallimore was a difference maker in the run the game against the Steelers. The former Oklahoma Sooner was disruptive and got to Big Ben a few times. To hold the Steelers rushing attack to only 46 yards speaks volumes about Gallimore’s role.
If Gallimore can hold down the DT position, him and fellow DT, Trysten Hill, will make Dallas’ interior line a formidable one. And if that duo can hold down the interior, then D-Law and Gregory can do the rest and be the “War Daddies” that we know they can be.
My Goodness! Have mercy on those opposing quarterbacks!
D-Law is regaining form and playing at a high level on a consistent basis,-just watch the All 22 tape and you will see he’s battling on every single play. And Gregory is one freakish athlete that stayed in Big Ben’s face the entire game and chased him like he stole something. The point is those two edge rushers are going to terrorize opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis. Whoever gets double-teamed will benefit from it because either one can and will beat a single defender, especially Gregory.
Oh, and D-Law is simply playing like a beast and chasing down running backs who are smaller and way faster than him. D-Law is playing like a man with something to prove.
Against the Steelers, Gregory forced Big Ben to make an errant throw that was almost intercepted. On other occasions, Gregory simply disrupted the future Hall of Famer on his passes. Baby, that’s why Jerry Jones has him on the team, despite his suspensions.
What a talent for man that missed all of 2019 because of a suspension.
The offensive side of the ball is already set with one of the best receiving/tight end corps in the NFL with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, Dalton Schultz, Blake Jarwin. Dak is coming back, along with its All Pro offensive line.
Add the aforementioned defensive players to the mix and a good draft class and the Dallas Cowboys will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders next season. Finally, head coach Mike McCarthy is coaching with some gumption and creativity. And that’s why the Dallas Cowboys future looks bright!
- Published on 11/12/2020 at 17:01 PM
- Last updated at 11/12/2020 at 13:10 PM