Repairing pass defence a daunting task for the Cowboys with burden of injuries
The Cowboys are the first team in entire NFL to suffer over 400 yard passing games during the course of a single season. Never has any team permitted such a game to mar their season twice. The Cowboys have tried to resolve the problem at their defence by implementing new plays but that obviously has failed.
When the Cowboys faced the Detroit Lions last week, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for a total of 488 yards. Their total yards were 623. Calvin Johnson, who really tore the field apart passed for 329 yards. Cowboys quarterback Brandon Carr seemed helpless against it all.
The question arises that how they will manage to stem the bleeding with the season halfway through. When cornerback Orlando Schandrick was approached with the question, he said that it wasn’t just the defence; it was the entire team that needed to step up their game.
“Solve what problem? If you want to put this all on this defense, go ahead. As a team, we need to get better,” he said.
Monte Kiffin, defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, is responsible for stemming the bleeding and getting the torn defence together and operational. He tried doing something on January to stop turnovers and big plays but that has failed. Even so, he has managed to improve from last year, proving that he can get things done. The Cowboys have 19 takeaways, which is already more than what they had last season.
Kiffin defended his play, saying that it was the players who needed to get better.
“You can say whatever you want. There’s nothing wrong with this system. We’re getting better,” he said. “We have stretches where we look good at it and sometimes we don’t. It’s quite evident. It’s not all pieced together yet, but we have to hurry up.”
But that change might not come soon, as they have a whole list of injuries with Morris Claiborne out with hamstring problems and J.J. Wilcox still recovering from his sprained knee. The Cowboys need to act fast and do something about their game or else this season might end up setting some more new records.