Super Bowl XLVII is set, and it will include two great franchises, which coincidentally are coached by two brothers.
The San Francisco 49ers led by Jim Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens led by John Harbaugh. If you’re not a fan of either team, you may be wondering why a Dallas Cowboys writer would be writing about either of those teams, so I’ll get to the point pretty quick.
I want to break down how these teams are built and what the Cowboys can learn from them. One thing that comes to mind immediately is their punishing defenses. Both teams have defenses that will hit opponents in the mouth hard and often. But, along with bullying the opposing offense, their defenses also cause turnovers, evident by their play on Championship Sunday.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, aren’t necessarily known for their defensive play, they’re not out there bullying offenses or causing turnovers. In fact, I’ve heard some folks on national television refer to the Cowboys defense as “soft.” Not going to lie, that stings. It stings because it’s true. The Cowboys defense is a far cry from the “Doomsday Defenses,” which were the backbone of the Cowboys Super Bowl runs.
Another thing that’s pretty obvious is that both teams are run-first offenses. Sure they have the ability to stretch the field with the pass, but the heart of their offense is run-based. Not to be too repetitive, but remember when the Cowboys were winning Super Bowls? They had a great rushing attack.
I know the game has changed, and it’s a “passing league,” but the Ravens and 49ers are proving it hasn’t changed that much after all. Plain and simple, if you can run the ball and play defense, you can win football games. I think it’s time the Cowboys get back to their original identity.