Is Dallas Cowboys' Defense Worst In NFL History?

By Ryan Wenzell
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys‘ defense was a horror show again last night for all to see. Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, the Cowboys had perhaps their most hapless performance of the season as they allowed the Chicago Bears‘ backup quarterback Josh McCown to throw for 348 yards and account for five total touchdowns by himself.

It was pure and utter embarrassment for the Cowboys franchise. This defense is historically bad. They gave up almost 500 total yards to the Bears on the button despite frigid and wintry conditions, and are giving up an average of over 420 yards a game. They are on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history by a defense, breaking the record set by the New Orleans Saints defense set last year.

This defense is all-time bad. They can’t tackle, they can’t cover and they can’t rush the passer. They can’t do much of anything. Monte Kiffin has been utterly useless as the defensive coordinator. He has them playing a cover-2 defense thanks to the Cowboys’ lack of a pass rush. It has been more like a cover-zero as they can’t cover a soul in the back end.

The firing of Rob Ryan is looking more and more like a costly error for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys brass. The Cowboys are going nowhere this year with this historically-bad defensive unit. It’s time for a total rebuild on that side of the ball, and it starts with the past-his-prime defensive coordinator. This franchise is stuck in reverse, and they don’t particularly seem to mind playing golf in January.

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