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Was The Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Better Than We Thought?

If you were to grab any fan – you'd have to likely console them because the Divisional Loss is still so fresh – and ask them what the team's top need is, they'd likely say the .

“Rushmen” as refers to them, are a valuable commodity on any NFL team, and they've been more absent than members of would have liked over the last few seasons.

The Cowboys have certainly devoted their fair share of resources to the defensive line. They invested draft picks in who is having offseason back surgery – and , they gave a big new contract, and they even brought in what was thought-to-be a willing to commit to changing (spoiler: he wasn't).

It's almost an urban legend at this point that Marinelli “makes it work” with the rushmen that he's afforded, and maybe he's done a better job than even we realize. Rob Phillips of dropped an interesting stat on Wednesday that has the Cowboys Defensive Line (remember this is specific to defensive linemen) fourth in across the .

The annual is this Saturday so we know that season truly is upon us (You can check out Brian Martin's players to watch at the Senior Bowl right here). There is arguably no position hotter on the mind of than defensive linemen, specifically rushers.

I'm not about to sit here and proclaim that defensive linemen or edge rushers aren't a need, because I'm not a crazy person. If this data tells us anything it's that Rod Marinelli is even more incredible than we truly give him credit for, and if he's able to get his hands on some legitimate talent on a consistent basis… this level of productivity could increase all the more greatly.

The Cowboys Defensive Line is definitely their achilles heel and a weak spot on the team, but at least we can digest this information and know that it wasn't necessarily as bad as we originally thought it was. That's a victory, right? Oh well.

RJ Ochoa
RJ Ochoa
I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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