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Defense Still the Dallas Cowboys Biggest Concern heading into Training Camp

In the , the 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 through free agency to help provide some help in the run game along the . They drafted , Chauncey Gholston, and to help a team with depth issues last season.

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

In the , they brought back , added Demontae Kazee, and drafted , , and .

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.

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.

John Williams
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. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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