ESPN’s Mike & Mike: “Dallas Defense Is Out Of Date”
ESPN Radio host Mike Greenberg of Mike & Mike In The Morning stated a very interesting observation regarding the Dallas Cowboys defense:
I’ve heard from multiple sources that Monte Kiffin’s ‘Tampa 2′ is outdated and antiquated.
Greenberg was responding to a set of rapid fire questions from an assistant regarding the state of the Cowboys.
With three games left, what is Dallas to do to make up ground against Philadelphia who hold a one game lead in the NFC East?
Making a coaching change this late in the middle of a divisional race is clearly not the answer. As true as Greenberg’s observation was, flipping the script with a brand new defensive scheme is furthest from the answer as well.
Improving player personnel? There just isn’t anyone out there to grab. Besides, whatever was left on the scrap heap surely has already been picked up by Dallas as evident in their No-Name Defense.
Again the question is presented: Unable to stop even the weakest of offenses, “What is Dallas to do with their ‘antiquated’ defensive scheme?”
The only solution is to dial-up simple blitz packages on opposing quarterbacks. Regardless who the opposing quarterback is, Dallas’ front four has been unable to create pressure in the pocket, making 2nd & 3rd string QB’s look like all-pros.
Receivers are lolly-gagging throughout Dallas’ secondary finding every single hole available. Blitzing 1-2 linebackers at a time or calling the occasional cornerback blitz will at least make quarterbacks think a little quicker, possibly forcing a turnover or two.
What’s the worst that could happen? Opposing quarterbacks will throw for 350 yards and 4 TD’s game after game?
That’s already happening.