I’m sure there is a “fan” of the Dallas Cowboys out there who found a reason to blame yesterday’s loss on Tony Romo just like the majority of the media and football lovers have blamed him for just about every downfall Dallas has had since he took over at quarterback. Now I could go on and on about Romo and how good he truly is, but that’s not where I’m headed with this. I would prefer to put the blame exactly where it should go — on the defense.
When Jerry Jones hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator, I assumed he had something left in the tank and could rejuvenate his cover 2 style that helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl during his tenure with them. Boy was I ever wrong. I thought for sure Kiffin could take solid corners such as Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr and fit them nicely into his system, but that hasn’t been the case at all. It doesn’t help the cause when the likes of Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware are currently not playing on the defensive line due to injuries (or in Ratliff’s case his release).
Even with all of that, Kiffin needs to change his defensive mindset. If he’s unable to do that then Jerry needs to bring someone in who can change the way this defense plays. Changing from 3-4 to 4-3 isn’t the problem. The problem lies completely in the zone aspect. Carr and Claiborne were both brought to Dallas to play man-to-man coverage, yet here they are playing zone. Their true abilities aren’t being used to this point and it’s really hurting this defense and the entire team overall.
Instead of hounding Romo for the four losses this season or focusing on Dez Bryant‘s sideline outburst, it’s now time to buckle down on this defense. In order for Dallas to go anywhere the rest of this season, something needs to be done. Fire Monte. Change back to man coverage. At this point Jerry needs to do something because what the Cowboys are doing defensively now just isn’t working.