Dallas Cowboys: Not Having 'Attention Grabbing' Names on Defense Helps

By Jeff Smith
Dallas Cowboys 2014 Defense
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Buy into it or not, but the Dallas Cowboys losing DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher may not be the massive disaster that everyone thinks that it’ll be.

Every single season, there was hype, excitement and the talks that the Cowboys’ defense was going to turn things around right away. Sure, the Cowboys are still going to have some big names on defense, including Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne for starters, but gone are Ware and Hatcher. Also gone? Those expectations that the defense is going to turn it around.

Right about now, everyone is expecting the Cowboys to fall flat on their face on defense in 2014. They expect nothing, believe nothing will change and think they’ll be even worse than last season (which was nearly record-breaking bad, in case you didn’t hear). But I’m not buying it, and I think the fact that Dallas has lost two of their biggest names on defense and has players who many know nothing about, may end up benefiting them.

If you want to call Carr and Claiborne attention-grabbing names, then feel free, but neither have played like they’ve earned that recently. Claiborne is more often being called a bust than a big name, and Carr is attempting to turn things around with his career.

The simple fact is, the Cowboys’ defense last year was a disaster, and immediately people have tossed the towel in on them this season. These are both great things, because the motivation factor and the fact that people are basically already stating that the offense will have to carry the team will help propel them.

Tack on the change to make Rod Marinelli defensive coordinator, and also that he’ll be allowing his defensive players to do what they do best (specifically the cornerbacks), and I think we see a defense that ends up being far better than anticipated.

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.

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