Tha Sports Junkies 101

Dallas Cowboys Offseason Team Needs – TSJ Sports

Dallas Cowboys Offseason Team Needs - TSJ Sports NFL PAUL MOSELEY VIA FLICKR.COM


Finding A Pass Rush Is A Major Team Need For Dallas In 2017

The Dallas Cowboys earned the number one seed in the NFC this season, however they still have some glaring holes to fill. In 2014 and this season, the Cowboys have been able to cover up their suspect defense with an elite offense that controls the clock. The Cowboys seem to find ways to possess the ball more than any opposing team, which in turn provides much needed rest for their defense. The pass rush is the weakest part of this Cowboys team.

One of the more obvious issues with this current Cowboys team is their lack of a pass rush. The secondary often gets the blame for letting opponents move the ball and score. In reality it all starts up front for a defense. With a strong pass rush, a defense limits the amount of the time the opposing quarterback has to make plays. They can get in the backfield quicker and stop the run better as well.

This season, the Cowboys earned 36 total sacks. Benson Mayowa was the sack leader with six. So with averaging just over two sacks per game, the Cowboys need to improve this part of their defense through the draft and free agency. There isn’t a lot of well known players on the Dallas defensive line and there’s reason for that.

Jack Crawford, Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain, David Irving, and Mayowa are among the active defensive line players. Randy Gregory was a former second round pick that has been nothing short of a disappointment. These players are somewhat serviceable, but they aren’t strong enough as a unit. The Cowboys‘ pass rush needs some great improvement.

There are a few defensive prospects that Dallas might have a chance to draft depending on where they finish. Charles Harris is an outstanding edge rusher out of Missouri. He’s a big guy at 6’3″ and over 250 pounds. With his quick burst and endless motor, he could be the pass rusher the Cowboys need.

Dawuane Smoot is another edge rusher with speed and power. He’s a senior out of Illinois and his initial burst and his ability to win at the line of scrimmage propels him past the offensive line. Both of these guys have excellent power and motors and would make an immediate impact on the Dallas roster.

Other than the pass rush, the Cowboys have some other holes they need to address. The secondary appears to playing slightly better than usual. I still don’t have much faith in Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne. Claiborne has dealt with injury issues since he was drafted in 2012 and simply isn’t reliable. Carr has given up big plays every season in Dallas and he’s the furthest thing from consistent.

NFL Tickets

Dallas seems to have found a possible gem in 2016 draft pick, Anthony Brown. He’s filled in at corner at various times this season and has shown some promise. The Cowboys will need to continue to build on their secondary to keep pace with their high octane offense. If they can do that, they will continue to have double digit win seasons for years to come.

One other slight need for this Dallas team is actually on offense. They have a strong receiving unit, but it can always improve. The last two seasons, Dez Bryant has missed some time and it impacted the offense greatly. The big play factor was pretty much gone when Bryant was out. They should look to snag a big and athletic guy in the draft to add to their elite offense. You can’t go wrong with supplying Dak Prescott with some more weapons.

Amara Darboh is a wide receiver out of Michigan. He’s a pretty solid guy at 6’1″ and 220 pounds he’s got great size and strength. He has a great ability to make plays with his athleticism and while the ball is in the air. Darboh would supply a solid down field threat and a receiver who can catch balls over the middle. He’s got great football and speed off the line. The three year starter amassed 151 catches for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns in his Wolverine career.

The Dallas Cowboys’ team needs mainly revolve around defense. The pass rush is one of their weakest links and they must address that to continue their wining ways. Along with a stronger pass rush, they should continue to build on their secondary and make a more consistent and reliable unit. Adding another play making receiver would boost their already lethal offense and could help Prescott grow.