Last season, the Cowboys’ defense yielded 27 points per game, the second-highest mark in franchise history. They gave up 415.3 yards per game. Only the 2012 New Orleans Saints and the 1981 Baltimore Colts gave up more in NFL history. The Cowboys gave up a league-high 72 passes of 20 yards or more, and they were second in giving up runs of 10 yards or more with 65. And they’re entering this season without DeMarcus Ware (Denver), Jason Hatcher (Washington) or Sean Lee (injured reserve), each of whom played a key role for the Cowboys last season.
The Cowboys are relying too much on Henry Melton to be the face of the franchise on the defensive side of the ball but are not giving him any talent around him. The Cowboys lost their starting linebacker Devonte Holloman at the age of 23 to a neck injury. The team will look to replace him with another new player.
The Cowboys are so desperate for talent they’ve added Rolando McClain, who’s retired twice in the last year, and they want to add Josh Brent, who didn’t play in 2012 and spent five months in jail at the start of this year after being convicted of intoxication manslaughter.
The Cowboys could be the worst defense in the NFL in 2014. They cannot rely on unproven talent.