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DeMarcus Lawrence Biggest Winner from Cowboys DT Additions

There’s a common misconception out there about Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence among many Dallas Cowboys fans. You know what I’m talking about. The idea that Lawrence didn’t play good football in 2019. His sack total of five on the season disappointed many fans, but the truth is that basic stat doesn’t tell the whole story. Lawrence was one of the league’s leaders according to more advanced stats such as ESPN’s Pass Rush Win Rate. He also excelled in run defense consistently.

However, there might be some truth to the fact that he didn’t shine as much as he did in 2017 and 2018. With the Cowboys’ recent additions of defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, improvement should be in order.

It’s fair to point out the Cowboys’ defensive line didn’t look as dominant last season in general, though. Despite quality play from Lawrence and Robert Quinn, issues in the trenches were a constant headache in the team’s 8-8 campaign.

Play at defensive tackle was surprisingly poor. Rod Marinelli’s unit was disappointing, to say the least. Antwaun Woods played only 10 games in the season and didn’t fully live up to the hype, despite playing well overall. Maliek Collins was once again explosive but inconsistent. The Cowboys had to bring in Michael Bennett midseason to help the defense.

Even still, the defensive line’s woes continued. Said woes were extended to the linebackers, who had a poor campaign of their own. Faulty play in the interior defensive line forced Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee to make more reads and chasing running backs through gaps they weren’t responsible for.

McCoy and Poe should fix that. Both players did a very good job playing with the Carolina Panthers in 2019, where they combined for 11 sacks and were solid contributors versus the run. Their stop in Dallas should be a successful one for themselves, but multiple players will be very benefited. As mentioned above, the linebackers’ jobs should be considerably easier.

But back to DeMarcus Lawrence. Both Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe are dangerous tackles when pass rushing. Dallas hasn’t truly had that since David Irving’s short career on the team. Lawrence is the victim of plenty of double-teams as opponents try to limit him, but how much can you double-team a guy when you’re facing these defensive tackles? It won’t be easy.

If the Cowboys are able to add another decent defensive end to rotate with Tyrone Crawford on the other side of the defensive line (maybe Randy Gregory makes another return?), Lawrence should be on his way to another monster season. He might even eclipse his 2017 sack total of 14.5 to keep fans happy.

The Cowboys got better at defensive tackle, and we can’t overlook the impact it will have on defense. Plenty of players’ play will look better next season. We might be hearing about plenty of “bounce-back seasons” which will be caused by McCoy and Poe.

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Mauricio Rodriguez

Written by Mauricio Rodriguez

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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  1. I agree, with one caveat. If the other defensive end is weak, then the offense can use a single blocker on him and not worry about double teams or using a back to chip him. That will add pressure on the tackles and other end. So, Dallas better find somebody that can come in and dominate at right defensive end if they want to be successful.

  2. I agree, with one caveat. If the other defensive end is weak, then the offense can use a single blocker on him and not worry about double teams or using a back to chip him. That will add pressure on the tackles and other end. So, Dallas better find somebody that can come in and dominate at right defensive end if they want to be successful.

  3. Good article, I couldn’t agree more with it. I’m excited how much this change at DL can improve the players around them.
    A good DL help LBs and DBd produce better numbers.
    If an opposing QB has less time to throw from our DL attacking our DBs have to cover for less time which improves their stats.

    I’m excited for football this year….hopefully!
    On the surface may not seem like our signings are signficant but they are.

  4. I agree…. And I believe Tyrone Crawford is a good DE, he’s not the best, but I believe he’s good enough to start opposite of D-law and keep our D-line as one of the best!! I’d prefer Randy Gregory, but I’d be satisfied with Crawford!! But with D-law and Poe and Mccoy we won’t need a top notch DE on the right side!! Those 3 should be to put enough pressure on the QB by themselves!! I just hope we don’t waste our top draft picks on another DE in the draft!! I really want us to draft Xavier Mckinney with our first pick in the draft!! I just hope Jerry and Steven see it that way!!

  5. Regardless of the # of times he was double-teamed (top tier compared to other DEs) he could/should have exerted more pressure. I am esp. frustrated at his production (sacks, tfl) after signing a monster contract extension, as did Zeke. The top heavy roster salary commitment means less cap dollars to contribute to building a strong roster. We need an RDE to complement him, McCoy and Poe!

  6. Here’s a little tidbit for you loser cowgirl fans, ready
    YOUR TRAM IS OVERRATED, that’s right your team is OVERRATED
    SO YOU WANT TO SEE A DOMINANT D LINE THIS COMING YEAR , look to the team in your division that your clueless overrated team could not beat out for the division last year
    THATS RIGHT THE EAGLES WILL HAVE THE BEST INTERIOR D LINE IN THE NFL
    Not the over the hill gang Jerry is putting together for your clueless overrated cowgirl team
    WOW CAROLINA PANTHERS X PLAYERS THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT ANYMORE LOL LOL LOL
    THATS GOING TO MAKE THE COWGIRL D LINE BETTER , Jerry is at the bottle once again I see
    Your team is going nowhere losers nowhere!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hey Frank. Can you make sure you go and click on all the other posts and comment on how much you dislike the Dallas Cowboys.

      The Eagles do have the best interior in the division and it’s better than the Dallas Cowboys.

      Please keep coming back to tell us how bad the team is. Thanks.

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