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Can Chidobe Awuzie Bounce Back From a Rough 2019 Season?

The ' biggest weakness defensively over the years has been the . In 2019, that was the case once again, in particular, the play of took a step back.

If you look at his numbers on face value, he had his best season ever with 79 tackles, 14 passes defended, an interception, and a forced fumble. However, situationally Awuzie gave up quite a few crucial plays that kept the chains moving for the opposition. So much so that he would eventually get benched at times in favor of , who has proven to be a more reliable and consistent option.

The head-scratching thing about watching Awuzie is that when he actually gets his head around in coverage and plays the ball he doesn't get beat much. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen often enough which causes him to give up completions because he plays the receiver instead. If there was an award for corners who get beat despite having good pretty good coverage Awuzie might win unanimously. He's always right there, but he doesn't consistently apply the basic fundamentals that would make him trustworthy.

This was never more on display than it was in the Cowboys biggest of the season in when they took on the with a chance to wrap up the East. After probably his best game of the season in a 44-21 blowout win against the in , Awuzie struggled when it mattered the most. Carson sought out Awuzie several times when the Eagles needed to keep drives alive, and he did it successfully. This led to Jourdan Lewis, as I mentioned earlier, replacing Awuzie in the Cowboys base 4-3 look.

Now, new will have the task of improving the Cowboys secondary. During the days of former DC , the Cowboys were very conservative when it came to blitzing, seeing as his scheme was predicated on getting to the quarterback by only rushing four guys. Nolan, going back to his days as the DC for the , blitzed at a significantly higher rate. Getting more pressure on the quarterback could really help Awuzie, that's if the blitz actually gets home. If it doesn't, that could lead to more big plays against the Cowboys secondary, because as we all know, you can only cover for so long.

Chidobe Awuzie can be a good corner when he remembers the basics. If he can somehow find a way to be consistent the Cowboys could have an extremely effective room with himself, Jourdan Lewis and hopefully a re-signed . One thing is for certain when the Cowboys take the field in 2020, one of the biggest microscopes will be on Awuzie.

Matthew Lenix
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I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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Jim

If the Cowboys use up a lot of cap space with Dak and that might make it very hard to keep Jones your best CB and this is were having to use so much money on a few players will ruin a team and then your looking at a below average team for a long time. I don’t know why the NFL can’t make it were your quarterback does not count against the cap this way you can keep more of your better players like Jones because without him the Cowboys are not looking to good at CB there not that great back there already but it could get worse.

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