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.
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DeMarcus Ware is in no shape physically to do anything in the Dallas Cowboys’ planned-on 4-3 defense. But mentally? He’s in his three-point stance and ready to fire off the line.
Seven of the 46 previous Super Bowls ended with MVP awards going to defensive players. That includes 2001, when Baltimore’s Lewis was honored; it hasn’t happened since 2003, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dexter Jackson.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne probably figured his first NFL touchdown would come on an interception. The rookie had to settle for a fumble return because the picks have been a little hard to come by for the Cowboys.
Our economy is on a slow recovery – slower than anyone wants. But the lack of serious discussion about national security and the world we live in is troubling.