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Cowboys Interior Defensive Line Set to Dominate in 2020

The easiest way to control a football game is to dominate in the trenches. The Dallas Cowboys offensive line has had that philosophy for quite a while as they’ve built a reputation as one of the league’s best units thanks to veterans Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, and recently retired Travis Frederick.

However, on the defensive side, the Cowboys are adopting that same mentality heading into the 2020 season. With the additions of Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe in free agency, and a third-round selection on Neville Gallimore out of Oklahoma, the interior of the Cowboys defensive line is set up to cause havoc very quickly.

McCoy was the first domino to fall when he signed a three-year deal worth 18.3 million (nine million guaranteed) back in March. He spent last season with the Carolina Panthers after eight years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Over his 10-year career, he has 59.5 sacks (at least five in each of the last eight seasons). Also, he’s been to six Pro Bowls and been named an All-Pro five times. He can rush from either the 3-technique (right of center) or the edge which not only makes him part of the solution of losing Robert Quinn but an upgrade on the interior after losing Maliek Collins to free agency.

A week after inking McCoy, the Cowboys made the interior of their defensive line even stronger by adding veteran Dontari Poe, a massive 350-pound anchor at the 1-technique (left of center). Poe is a former first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He spent five years with the defending Super Bowl champs and made two consecutive Pro Bowls (2013, 2014) and received a Second-Team All-Pro nod (2013). After a year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2017, Poe has spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He’s played in 121 out of a possible 128 games in his career (118 starts). Not only can he be a force in a 4-3 set but he can also take snaps as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

Now with two new valuable pieces on the interior of the defensive line, the Cowboys didn’t need to spend a draft pick on one early in last week’s NFL Draft, but day two saw them add more firepower. In the third round, they selected Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore, a raw but ultra-talented defensive tackle with tremendous upside. Gallimore’s ties to the Cowboys started even before he was drafted. He spent time training at the Baylor Scott and White Performance Center at The Star just ahead of the NFL Draft. Also, the Cowboys had several meetings with Gallimore at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. This began Gallimore’s thought process of actually playing for America’s Team, as he explained after being drafted.

“It definitely crossed my mind,” Gallimore said. “I definitely love the Dallas-Frisco area. I was telling my friends that, in the future, I would love to someday live out here.”

Gallimore has an explosive first step and uses his low center of gravity to push through and be disruptive. He has a non-stop motor and is excellent at running down ball carriers from behind. He had four sacks and 32 quarterback pressures for the Sooners in 2019, both career highs. Gallimore forced four fumbles over his last two collegiate seasons with is something the Cowboys defense has lacked for some time. He’s extremely athletic as well as evident by his 4.79 in the 40-yard dash. The most intriguing part of his game is his versatility as he has the ability to play the 1-technique or 3-technique, making him an ideal fit for a formidable rotation with the aforementioned McCoy and Poe.

It all starts in the trenches and the Cowboys are set to be a serious force in that aspect defensively with this massive overhaul on the interior. McCoy, Poe, and Gallimore will be vital for the Cowboys defensive unit to be successful in 2020.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

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


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  1. The 3 technique is right outside the guards either the left or right guard, the 1 technique is right of the center to its left or right. The 3 tech is usually a little lighter and quicker than the 1tech because in the Cowboys system the 1 tech invites the double team., so the 3 tech can be one on one. I have seen it the where the lighter player lines up as a 1 tech and the heavy guy at 3 tech with varied results.

  2. always want to draft DL high the last 6 years, but Marinelli would rather get Joe Ivie and brag about how he turned low talent into average. Finally, a coaching staff that understands the game begins on the inside.

    • If Carson Wentz can make it through the season unscathed, you might win the division. The WRs don’t really scare me. Your best one is a tight end or a rookie and Alshon and Goodwin are old. There’s a reason the wide receiver-less 49ers were willing to part with him for a late-round pick.

      Also, how are you enjoying how the Eagles used their second round pick.

      Also, thanks for Tyler Biadsz.

  3. Are you going to have your criminal players this year lol
    Jerry always banking on the low life players your clueless team comes up with , like that’s going to get you over the top lol
    I believe like most people that your team is the most overrated team in the NFL all hype and nothing to show for
    So your clueless team is all set up to go nowhere, once you sign DAK to a long term contract , lol your window closed loser cowgirl fan’s
    You had your chance these last few years when you only had to pay that 4th round scrub peanuts
    Now that he’s going to get paid LOL 20 times more then what he was getting paid before LOL LOL LOL there’s no money to build a real football team
    Your going to be suffering for the next 4 to 5 years

    • How do you figure we have nothing to show for it?? We had 5 super bowl rings before yours even had 1!!it took your team 60 years to get just 1 ring!! And you can mark my words…. Your gonna be really disappointed if we have a season to play!! And who in their right mind is gonna waste good draft capital on a backup QB!! Instead of giving your QB some help which he obviously needs they draft another QB!! Smh…. The only good player they drafted was jalon reagor and he wasn’t even worth the spot he was drafted in!! So if you wanna talk about somebody’s team you mite wanna look at your own team first!!

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