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Cowboys Defense Has an Easy Fix

There is a litany of items that did not work for the Dallas Cowboys defense in last Sunday’s 30-16 meltdown versus the Denver Broncos. Many in the media and (of course) social media are focusing on the defense as the culprit but going down that road is fools gold. Let me explain.

Dallas Cowboys Defense – the Issues

  • The defense can’t stop the run
  • The defense can’t tackle
  • The defense can’t get off the field on 3rd down
  • Diggs gives up too many yards
  • Diggs is getting burned more than he gets the ball
  • The dLine can’t put enough pressure on the QB
  • The defense needs more turnovers
  • The defense needs more sacks

The perception is the Cowboys’ defense got lucky early in the season with so many turnovers and the offense doing so well. There is just enough truth to that premise one can become distracted with how to fix it.

The Cowboys’ defense was on the field for over 40 minutes and gave up 30 points. In previous contests, the Cowboys have dominated or at least handily won the time-of-possession battle. Versus the Broncos they lost the battle by 23 minutes giving the Denver offense 16 more snaps than Dak Prescott and company managed. What does all this mean?

Dallas Cowboys Defense – the fix

The Dallas Cowboys defense is not good enough to shut down opposing teams’ offenses when their own offense doesn’t do a few things for them. Winning time-of-possession is number 1 on the list. Scoring points early, rather than late is the other. All of these things happen once Dak shakes off his rust. GettingTyron Smith back at RT takes the running game to another level. These things change the ebb and flow of the game giving the defense a much different environment to operate in. Getting Dak back in the groove is the big thing. Tyron Smith’s return is the cherry on top.

That’s it. The Cowboys’ defense doesn’t need to retool, they don’t need to panic. They just need a few guys to get healthy, DeMarcus Lawrence to return, and for the Cowboys offense to do their job.

Dak had a horrible game. Hey, it happens. He will be back in the groove shortly. The same for the Cowboys’ running game once Tyron Smith returns. Great players tend to bounce back right after laying an egg on the field. Dak Prescott is a great player. To be blunt, I wouldn’t want to be the Falcons next week.

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