The Dallas Cowboys may get the chance to sign one of the best run-stoppers in the NFL right when they need him the most…
The Dallas Cowboys are poised for a playoff run. I know, that felt crazy just typing it, but the reality is they can win the division this Sunday if things go right for them. But what’s the point if they aren’t good enough to stop a decent team in the playoffs?
The Dallas Cowboys can’t realistically expect to compete if they roll into the postseason with their current roster of defensive tackles. In case you missed it, the worst DT unit in the entire NFL is now without their best run-stopper. Dallas placed Antwaun Woods on IR a couple days ago and are now fielding a grab-bag of turnstiles in their interior D-line.
But help could potentially be on the way. Damon “Snacks” Harrison, arguably the best run-stopping DT over the past half-decade, has asked for his release. And you know what? Seattle is likely to grant his request.
Releasing Harrison would expose him to waivers and if he goes unclaimed (as many expect could happen) he’ll have his pick of the litter. Most rosters are established amongst playoff teams so chances are good no other team but Dallas could offer Harrison a possible playoff game AND significant snaps.
The Dallas Cowboys are full of issues on defense. Their cornerbacks are reeling. Their safeties are bad. Their linebackers are more liability than asset. And their defensive tackles can’t hold their ground, let alone display basic gap discipline. They get washed every play and it’s having a trickle-down effect on every layer of the defense.
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Adding a solid 2-gap tackle like Snacks would do wonders. The linebackers wouldn’t take so many blocks and be able to run a little more freely. The safeties wouldn’t feel obligated to cheat forward and could actually concentrate on playing safety. Even the ends (arguably the only good defensive unit in Dallas) stand to gain because they won’t feel obligated to crash inside and bite on zone-read plays (like we saw last week against Hurts).
The way the Dallas Cowboys are constructed now, it’s crazy to think they could do anything should they make the playoffs. The Bucs would run all over them and dominate in the most embarrassingly futile contest imaginable.
But if Dallas could upgrade the interior and add a frontline starter like Snacks – heck, anything can happen. If you want to dream – let’s dream about this.
Damon Harrison is expected to be released and the Dallas Cowboys should be first in line for his services.
- Published on 12/28/2020 at 17:01 PM
- Last updated at 12/29/2020 at 08:38 AM