It’s no secret the Dallas Cowboys‘ defense struggled last year. They are lacking in proven players and health. Maybe these guys will play well together, but that’s up to them. The summer is the time for a lot of talking. Coach Rod Marinelli has been commenting on his defense lately trying to rally them together.
Marinelli has worked with great defenses when he coached with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears. Those guys were loaded with talent like Warren Sapp, Lance Briggs, John Lynch and Brian Urlacher.
I don’t think you’d ruffle any feathers by proclaiming that the Cowboys don’t have that type of talent at this point. However, they do have something very powerful, and that is something to prove.
Marinelli has planted the seed through the media that these guys are being disrespected. Whether they are young, played poorly, coming off injury or trying to find a home, the defensive roster is full of guys trying to prove they belong.
Henry Melton, Anthony Spencer and Tyrone Crawford are all trying to come back from serious injuries. They possess great talent if they can stay on the field.
Barry Church, George Selvie and Orlando Scandrick are out to prove that last year was not a fluke. They played well and they need to prove they can be counted on to perform consistently.
J.J. Wilcox, Justin Durant, Kyle Wilber and even DeMarcus Lawrence are all young players trying to fill roles and make the most of their opportunity.
There’s Morris Claiborne, who is trying to prove he was worth moving up in the draft for. He wants to quiet the chatter of criticism around his name.
Finally, there’s Ronaldo McClain, who is out to prove he still has a desire to play and work toward a productive career.
This is a wonderful environment to compete in. These guys don’t have any time to sit back and relax. They have to have a good training camp to lock up a roster spot. They will push each other every day to get better and that’s how stars are made.
Few people are impressed with the talent defensive talent Dallas currently has. It looks more like the Island of Misfit Toys than a cohesive unit. All it takes is to get these guys believing in themselves and their teammates. Marinelli knows that, and if anybody can develop these guys into quality players, it’s him. You may not know these guys’ names yet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make you remember it.