How Will The Cowboys Rush The Passer In 2017?

    If there has been one common problem which has plagued the since 2010, it has been their lack of a consistent . Though they have spent first and picks on defensive ends since then, no one has been able to be the solution.

    Whether due to , , or flat out under performance, the Dallas Cowboys has simply not gotten it done in terms of pass rush. There is a slight glimmer of hope going into 2017, however.

    On the interior of the defensive line, the Dallas Cowboys now feature one of the brightest young tackles in the entire league. Former pick came away with five during his rookie season, outperforming even the wildest of fan expectations.

    Why DT Maliek Collins Will Have A Breakout Season In 2017

    Now a year into his career, it is right to expect him to continue to produce at a high level. For a , though, it's rare to see 6-8 sacks per season. For this reason, relying on Collins to be your number one pass rusher wouldn't be a great idea.

    Two other players will certainly be leaned on heavily: and .

    Both Lawrence and Irving have had success in the past, with Lawrence tallying 8 sacks in 2015 and Irving dominating for stretches of 2016. Each has struggled doing it with consistency, something that will need to change this season if Dallas hopes to take the next step.

    A few months ago, I wrote about Irving's ability to rush the passer in great detail. In my opinion, Irving is a raw chess-piece along this defensive line. But with some and practice, he can and will become the best and most polished rusher on the roster.

    “Despite not having too great of a get-off here, he and Maliek Collins work their offensive counterparts straight into the backfield. While Collins hits the with a quick head fake and spin move, Irving simply runs right over the .”

    Now, Irving is to serve a four game suspension to start the season, which will certainly hinder his ability to lead the team in sacks. Still I expect him to be a force this year against both the run and the pass when given the opportunity.

    Lawrence had his best game of 2016 against the , where he took advantage of some poor offensive play. Struggling with back issues the past couple of seasons, its been rare for us to see a healthy Demarcus Lawrence.

    Based off what I have seen so far during , and knowing that this is a contract year, 2017 may be the time for Lawrence to take that next step.

    Do I believe the Cowboys will feature one of the stronger pass rushes in the entire league? Of course not. But, I do think that with the help of these three talented rushmen, the Cowboys can come through with some timely and important sacks and hurries in 2017.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    Rods scheme is about pressure by committee, look into his past and we see our future. In TB the strength was in the front 7 allowing the back end to cover and grab turnovers, in Chicago the strength was the DTs allowing BriggsUrlacher to fill gaps and cover underneath, while having the DBs play the ball and create fumbles and interceptions.

    So far the roster is starting to resemble what Rods scheme requires:
    1. disruptive DTs paired with a rotation of DEs
    2. a pair of good LBs
    3. a slew of sticky CBs along with rangy hard hitting safeties that can blitz off the edges.

    So far, so good …. “In Rod we trust”