The season has not been a good one for the Dallas Cowboys. By all rights America’s Team should be 0-4 this season but a dramatic comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons has the Cowboys at 1-3. Problems have started to develop on both sides of the ball. At this early point of the season, some Dallas fans are already thinking about the NFL draft. We will examine the problems on both sides of the ball and attempt to determine if the season can be salvaged.
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is catching most of the criticism in regard to the mediocre play of the Cowboys’ defense. Injuries hit the defense even before the season started with Gerald McCoy being lost for the season. Meanwhile, McCoy’s injury was followed up by injuries to Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee, and Chidobe Awuzie. The Cowboys are awaiting the return of defensive linemen Randy Gregory from suspension as well. While the defensive play has been tough to watch, help will eventually be on the way for the Dallas defense.
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The Dallas safety positions have been a source of the problem for the Dallas defense. Darian Thompson and Xavier Woods are winding up on highlights for all of the wrong reasons. Cowboys’ brass need to look outside of the building for safety help. Kicking the tires on Eric Berry, Eric Reid, and Tony Jefferson. Berry, Reid, and Jefferson could not struggle as bad as what is currently going on in the Dallas secondary.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ offense must reduce the number of turnovers. Dallas turning the ball over is putting the defense in exceedingly difficult positions. The Dallas defense is simply not good enough to force offenses off the field. However, if the Cowboys’ defense could force some turnovers it would be a big help for a team that has been struggling since the season started. One thing is for sure, if the Cowboys do not correct the problems soon, the NFL draft articles will start coming sooner, rather than later.