The Dallas Cowboys are involved in a ‘delicate dance’ as they work to rebuild their defensive line.
When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.
“The Dallas Cowboys have the worst defense in NFL history.” That sentence had been spoken, written and repeated far too much this season.
Dallas shut down one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks to beat Oakland, then let Chicago score on the first eight possessions of a 45-28 loss.
The Dallas Cowboys owner says gimmicks are what the Cowboys need with a defense that may go down as the worst in franchise history.
The Pro Bowl-caliber middle linebacker who leads Dallas in tackles and interceptions is being told the hamstring pull he sustained in a week ago in that embarrassing loss at New Orleans could sideline him for four weeks or more.
It’s a little hard to figure out what the Cowboys have on defense. They’ve won games with takeaways and flashes of dominance but now carry the distinction of the only unit in NFL history to allow four 400-yard passers in one year.
After blogging and debating the merits of Tony Romo’s fourth quarter stats on 105.3 The Fan with many of you today, I was interested in testing my theory further.
Forget for a second that Baylor is scoring an eye-popping 70 points per game. The Bears, and some other teams in the high-scoring Big 12, are doing solid work on the other side of the ball, too.
Last spring, in Rod Marinelli’s first-ever meeting with his players after taking the job as Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach, he grabbed their attention by opening a speech with five simple words:
Ball-hawking defense was a scene that played out constantly during practice in the offseason and training camp for the Cowboys – pretty much ever since Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli showed up in January.
The switch to the 4-3 is part of that; Ratliff has 27 career sacks while largely playing nose guard, and the switch to the 3-Technique position in this defense figured to free him to pile up numbers.