After cornerback Orlando Scandrick got suspended for the first four games of the regular season after he recently tested positive for “molly,” is it safe to say the wheels have finally fallen off for the Dallas Cowboys?
Scandrick was slotted to be the starting right cornerback and one of the few dependable pieces still left on this dismantled Cowboys defense. Now this puts an immense amount of pressure on two struggling cornerbacks, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.
This is just another body blow for the Cowboys after they lost their best defensive player, Sean Lee, for the entire season due to injury. Not to mention outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is starting the season on the PUP list so he won’t be eligible to play the first 6 games this year.
The 2013 Dallas Cowboys will go down as one of the worst statistical defenses of all time after they gave up a record amount of yards per game last season. And that was when they did have Demarcus Ware on their team. Now that he left for Denver during free agency, along with the losses of Lee, Spencer, Scandrick, and Jason Hatcher, is it possible that their defense could be even worst this year?
If the wheels haven’t fallen off yet, I’d say they’re driving on four spares.
There are two players that can possibly save this Dallas defense from being the laughingstock of the NFL, and one of them is Morris Claiborne. If you Google Morris Claiborne’s name right now the first thing that comes up in the search engine is “Morris Claiborne bust.” Claiborne has never lived up to the hype after being the 6th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. If he shows signs of improvement this year, Dallas would benefit greatly.
Another player that can make a big difference on defense is newcomer Henry Melton. The Cowboys stole Melton away from the Bears during free agency and really have high hopes for him. Melton is coming off a pro bowl year for the Chicago Bears and his run stuffing ability could really be what holds this Dallas D together.
In order to make up for this porous defense, the Cowboys offense needs to be running on all cylinders. When you have explosive weapons such as Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray, all you need to do is put the ball in their hands and good things will happen. Tony Romo must reduce his turnovers this season if Dallas has any hope at all.
After finishing 8-8 the past three seasons, the so called “America’s team” have been the personification of ordinary. The way things are looking thus far, the Cowboys will be lucky to reach the .500 mark we are all so accustomed to seeing them at.