How badly have the Romo-friendly adjustments to the Cowboys been hurting the team. Two articles written on ESPN have opposing views on why the Cowboys are in a mediocre funk this year, and well, every year. Jean Jacques Taylor favors the opinion that the offense is responsible for the short comings and Calvin Watkins is of the mindset that the Defense is to blame. So who do you think is right? Are we making adjustments to the wrong side of the ball?
The following is from ESPN.com:
“Jerry Jones has never, ever toldDeMarcus Warehe wanted to make theDallas Cowboys' defense "Ware Friendly." Tayor argues, “The Cowboys have spent first-round picks three of the past four seasons on offensive players such as receiverDez Bryant, tackle Tyron Smithand centerTravis Frederick.”
Through the past few seasons we’ve seen these so called offensive changes without the increased role or production of what should be the Cowboys greatest offensive weapons: Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
The main point of Watkins article is that Monte Kiffins replacement of Rob Ryan is laughable. During the Saints game, Drew Brees saw 40 first downs and almost 400 passing yards. “The Cowboys allowed an NFL-record 40 first downs to the Saints and gave up a franchise-high 625 yards. (They gave up 623 yards to theDetroit Lionstwo weeks earlier)” Watkins says.
Both columnists agree on one thing however. They agree that Jones has been neglecting the needs of the defense. They point out that Jones has spent the whole cap on the offense and not enough to the defense. The Cowboys defense is ranked at #32 in the NFL, and without a balanced offense and defense, it doesn’t look like much will change any time soon.
Is the offense or defense the bigger problem? Can the defense bounce back after last Sunday?