The Dallas Cowboys attempted to address their offensive problems by the addition of Scott Linehan as their new play caller and passing game coordinator. The offense was average at best last season, finishing 16th in the NFL in total offense. Inconsistency was the biggest issue; they would look good for a half, but rarely put it together for a full 60 minutes. The offense was not great, but there was a much bigger issue with this team on the other side of the ball.
If the offense was average, then the defense was abysmal. The defense ranked 32nd in total defense, yet nothing has been changed. Why is Monte Kiffin coming back? You can say the defense struggled because of all the injuries, and it is true there were a lot of injuries, but there were a lot of injuries on the 2012 defense and Rob Ryan was still fired.
So, if Kiffin is coming back, then getting new players is the only way to improve the defense. Since Dallas is over the salary cap, those new players will have to come through the draft. I believe Dallas should use most, if not every, draft pick on defensive players. In the 2013 draft, Dallas used their first three picks on offensive players. That has to change in the 2014 draft.
Dallas will probably lose DT Jason Hatcher and DE Anthony Spencer, which will open up two more spots that must be addressed. Fortunately for Dallas, this year’s draft has a lot of defensive talent that could step on the field and help Dallas right away. Dallas needs help on the defensive line and at the safety position; they could also use depth at the linebacker position.
Dallas says they are tired of going 8-8 and missing the playoffs, and that they want things to change. The quickest way to change your fortune in the NFL is through the draft. Unfortunately for Dallas, their track record at the draft is sub-par. If the Cowboys really want change, it starts in the draft. This year’s draft should start and end with defense.