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David Irving’s Return Could Make Cowboys’ Defense Even Scarier

Be forewarned. If you have a pre-existing heart problem or get just spooked easily, you should probably stop reading now because things are about to get scary. I'm talking about stuff nightmares are made of. Well, at least for opposing offenses who have to face the after Defensive returns to the lineup.

If you believe , then we can expect David Irving in uniform this week against the after missing the past several weeks due to a high ankle sprain. His return to the lineup should not only improve the Cowboys front seven, but the entire . He's that gifted of a playmaker (when on the field).

The Cowboys defense is already scary good and would only become even scarier with David Irving in the lineup. No to , , or who are all playing really well right now, but Irving brings different element to the front seven due to his length and ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is a playmaker in every sense of the word.

In his last 13 games, Irving has 11 , 22 QB hits, 13 tackles for a loss, 8 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles. He's as dominant as just about any in the league, but unfortunately it's only been in spurts due to his inability to stay on the field due to multiple and .

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DT David Irving

Consistency is really the only thing keeping David Irving's name from being mentioned with the likes of and other dominant DTs around the NFL. He's just been his own worst enemy off the field, but when he is able to play he has that game changing ability to single-handedly change the course of a game.

It's that game changing ability which should take the Dallas Cowboys defense to an entirely different level. Just imagine how much better will be with #95 lining up next to him. Opposing offenses will have to pick their poison as to who they should devote extra attention to when setting up their blocking schemes.

D-Law won't be the only one who benefits though. It also creates more favorable matchups for everybody else along the and frees them up to make more plays. That in turn should have a ripple effect all the way through the linebackers into the .

I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about David Irving's return to the lineup. I really think he could be an X-Factor moving forward, which will only make the defense that much more scary.

Lookout NFL, the Dallas Cowboys are coming!

Do you think the Cowboys defense will benefit from David Irving's return?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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In theory this is all great, but I’m out on this guy. I trust Randy Gregory more than I do him now.

mike flores

I’d respectfully disagree, the numbers speak for themselves. Last 13 games Irving has given us 11 sacks and multiple turnovers. Gregory I love and has applied a lot of pressure from that RDE spot but all he’s given us is extended drives for opposing offenses. I think right now Irving makes the biggest difference on that front.


Imho, Irving return to the Cowboys defensive lineup, will take the Cowboys, to elite status. Waiting for,the offense to start to kicking it into another level, in a positive direction, with ultimate results.


I agree with everything you said in your post. Irving will make our DL terrifying for opposing Offenses when added to the great Defense we already have. But why is Rico on the roster if they aren’t going to play him?? The only way we’re going to know if he can help Dak is if he’s out there. And though I think Dak is a decent QB, without a dominant OL he’s not dominant himself. A big TE who knows how to use his body like they do in basketball would be a great help and that is the whole reason they signed him in the first place. Use him already!!!

Sidney Montgomery

I read in the mail bag, his understanding of situation football in critical moments especially in the end zone. If he doesn’t show improvement I don’t think he will be on the roster next year. The cowboys felt they had too much invested in him to just put him on the street this year. DC4L


The only way to learn situation football is to get reps. But I have to agree with you if Rico doesn’t figure it out. He will be wearing another jersey in 2019.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news to not only the writer of this article but also to my fellow cowbous brethren that actually believed this sh!t…. Irving isnt coming back at all this season and is more likely than not done as a cowboy. Sad to say because he can be a top 5. DL in this whole league he has that type of talent but the ine thing the qritwr said in the article said that is correct is that sadly yes… David is his own worst enemy and likely sabotages his own professional career….


I think he has the talent but he has to show up and prove it.

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