We’ve heard it all offseason. Even before the Dallas Cowboys lost possibly their best defensive player in middle linebacker Sean Lee to a season-ending injury, the team was talking about how different things were going to be. That’s all great, and I’m sure it gets the fans really excited, but as improved as they think the defense will be, and as excited as they are for the year, it’s time to back it all up.
It was summed up best by Brandon Carr, who said that he believes the “defensive philosophy has changed.” He is sitting back and saying that things have changed, and we’ve heard that the entire team and front office is fired up about what Rod Marinelli brings to the table, but this has happened so many times in the past with this team.
The Cowboys seem to get so excited about the potential of their defense, but each year we see teams just roll right through the Cowboys, especially through the air. This year has to be different though, because with how strong the schedule is this season, the Cowboys’ offense can’t carry them to the playoffs, or even to an 8-8 record.
While many players have been talking about the defense feeling more confident going into 2014, there are a lot of people who need to “walk the walk” instead of “talking the talk”, and that will start with the secondary and Carr. This secondary has gotten torched, and if things don’t change then next offseason we could see a pretty big overhaul to the defensive side of the ball. There are a lot of young players on the defensive front as well, and that’s a whole different concern for the team going into the year.
We’ll be playing the waiting game to find out if the Cowboys can actually back up the talk and excitement from the current offseason heading into next season.