Through five weeks of their season the Dallas Cowboys have amassed 10 sacks, which comes out to a measly two sacks a game. For a team that has the best pass rusher in the game, those numbers are pathetic. Which begs the question, why can’t the Cowboys get consistent pressure on the quarterback?
When Rob Ryan came to the Dallas Cowboys we heard about all the confusion his scheme was going to create, which would help the defense gobble up sacks. They had 42 sacks last year, tied for seventh in the league but the pressure they brought didn’t seem to have much of an impact. We were led to believe the reason for that was because the Cowboys didn’t have the cornerbacks to make the quarterback hold the ball long enough to get sacks.
That wasn’t supposed to be a problem this season because the Cowboys obtained two big time corners to help the situation. They were going to be able to be physical at the line of scrimmage and disrupt routes which would allow the Cowboys to get more sacks. It just hasn’t happened. The Cowboys rank 23rd in the league in sacks.
What are we to believe is the problem now? Where are the creative blitzes Ryan is so well know for? Are the Cowboys not bringing enough pressure because they think the corners are holding up good enough to bring minimal pressure and get to the QB? It’s a nice theory, especially since the Cowboys lead the NFL in passing defense but it still isn’t creating pressure.
For the Cowboys, the year is different but the results remain the same, aside from DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys cannot get enough pressure on the quarterback. We all want to know why the defense doesn’t have many turnovers and it ties in directly to sacks. It’s very simple, if you don’t pressure the offense into mistakes, you aren’t going to get many turnovers.
Cowboys fans want to bash Anthony Spencer but when he’s in the lineup the offense accounts for his presence. When Spencer plays, the Cowboys have seven sacks and average over two sacks a game. With Spencer out, the Cowboys only have three sacks and average under two sacks per game. It’s a small margin but think about it, wouldn’t you like to have an extra sack a game? That sack could be a game changer.
The bottom line is the Cowboys need to find a way to get more sacks, with or without Anthony Spencer. DeMarcus Ware can’t do it all by himself and Rob Ryan needs to come up with schemes to get more pressure. As good as the Cowboys defense has been so far, until they get more sacks or create enough pressure to get turnovers, they will not be the game changing defense they should be.
The Cowboys defense has been good this season, but if they want to be great they need collect more sacks.
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