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Defense Still the Dallas Cowboys Biggest Concern heading into Training Camp

In the 2021 , the Dallas Cowboys had a mission to fix the . They overhauled the defensive staff and added talent at every level of the defense. It was evident through and the draft that the Cowboys weren't satisfied with a defense that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2020.

The Cowboys brought in , , and Tarell Basham through free agency to help provide some help in the run game along the . They drafted Osa Odighizuwa, Chauncey Gholston, and Quinton Bohanna to help a team with depth issues last season.

The Cowboys added Keanu Neal in free agency and and in the draft at .

In the , they brought back , added Demontae Kazee, and drafted Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright, and Israel Mukuamu.

That's a lot of players added to the defense. But will it be enough?

The Cowboys' defense has to make a significant improvement in 2021 if they hope to be contenders in the . The will score, but expecting them to score 35 or more points per game isn't a recipe for sustained success. The defense has to hold up its end of the bargain.

The Cowboys still don't know who will be their starting opposite . There's still uncertainty as to how the will play out. Though there's depth at linebacker, how they're deployed will be interesting to watch.

Dan Quinn has a lot of interesting parts to work with heading into . Will the sum of the Cowboys' parts on defense be enough to get them into the top 15 in points per game this season because that's where they'll need to be if they want to be more than a contender in the .

With the offense as talented as it is and most of the starting lineup (if not all of it) pretty well solidified, the Dallas Cowboys' defense provides the questions that hopefully training camp will have an answer to.

The Cowboys need the defense to improve in 2021 and quickly. Dan Quinn and the defensive staff have quite the challenge ahead of them. Though it may take time for the rookies to assert themselves and become significant parts of the defense, Quinn doesn't have time to wait.

As the Cowboys get ready to open training camp next week in , California, improving the defense is the most important thing that has to occur in training camp and the . With their week one matchup with Tampa Bay on the horizon, there won't be an opportunity for the Cowboys' defense to ease into the season. They have to be ready when they finish the preseason at the end of August.

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. Talking about signing Richard Sherman is a sign of the desperate situation at corner.
    But bringing in an old, high ego, diva , locker room problem who is no longer reliable on the field is not an answer.

  2. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but I wouldn’t be against bringing Richard Sherman in and giving him a chance to compete for the other CB position. Let it be known: I have never been a fan of RS but with his personal issues he has had in just the past week and he asking for and supposedly seeking help that showed me at least he is strong enough to realize he can’t fix his problems on his own! If he would come in and be thankful for the opportunity to play in the NFL again and not start protesting against what most Americans hold dear I say let’s give him a shot! I know that some of you guys that post stuff occasionally on this sight will bust my chops but I’m looking forward to hearing what y’all think because for the most of y’all I respect your opinions !

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