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Bold Statement by Dallas Cowboys’ Henry Melton; Can Defense Live Up to It?

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When the Dallas Cowboys made the decision to sign Henry Melton, it came with a very positive reaction from fans, mainly because there was very little risk involved, but very high upside. That still stands true, and currently the team has decided that they weren’t going to bring Melton in as a full participant until training camp.

With all of his time to prepare, Melton has had plenty of time to watch the rest of his teammates, and specifically the Cowboys’ defense. This is what makes his most recent statement so interesting, because many are wondering if it’s not only true, but if it’ll actually happen.

The statement? Melton said that the Cowboys have the “key components to really get it done on defense.” This is something that Cowboys fans have been dying to hear, but they’ve been even more anxious to actually see it happen. It’s been a brutal last few seasons for the Dallas defense, especially with the talent that they do have.

Melton figures to be a huge part of this defense, as he was a Pro Bowler back in 2012, before playing just three games for the Chicago Bears after tearing his left ACL last season. His knee was fully tested before he was signed, and it passed all of the tests that the Cowboys threw at him.

So while Melton has big things to say about the rest of his teammates and the Cowboys’ defense, is it true? Should we really jump on board with the fact that this defense has the components to get it done?

Maybe we should.

Fans have spent years waiting for the defense to play a big role, and you’d think that after losing DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher that we shouldn’t expect much.

Naming Rod Marinelli the defensive coordinator for starters was an excellent decision. With the hiring of Marinelli, he’s going to allow his players to do what they do best in each position, and the players they have are set up for success. He’ll also demand that they do their job, and do it at the highest of their abilities. Guys like Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox all in the secondary are excited about Marinelli and what he brings.

The talent has consistently been there, but something is just missing. I think Marinelli might be what is missing, and I believe that we see some big names step up in some big ways. Expect to see pressure, and a defense that can change a game. Don’t be shocked when quarterback Tony Romo gets to take a deep breath every once in a while because the defense is playing at a much higher level.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.