LAS CRUCES, NM
So with the coaching changes, I wanted to ask what you guys think of last season's offense.
Nick: Little bit of everything. If you're going to take less chances, you get less rewards. So the fewer interceptions also meant less big plays down the field. But I've said for a while now the offense lacks pure speed. With more game-breakers at receiver, it opens up the middle more and it allows more of those big plays.
David: I think that’s just the offense the Cowboys wanted to run. They talked often about focusing more on the ground game, and although you can argue they still didn’t run enough, they did improve. They also wanted to improve the turnover margin, which meant fewer risky throws. It’s hard to remember more than a handful of long throws that connected – I can think of ones against Kansas City, New Orleans and Denver, but there weren’t a bunch. It’ll be interesting to see if or how that changes with Scott Linehan calling the shots. We all saw firsthand how much Detroit liked to test the field deep.
Maybe this is purely based on being a glass is half full kind of guy, but is D-Line really the biggest need heading into next season? I mean there are a lot of what if’s. What if
Nick:I think your glass is more than half-full and I kind want to know what's in there? Just kidding, but that does seem very optimistic. If by chance, all of those things work out in the Cowboys' favor, then maybe the Cowboys won't have the worst defense in the NFL. I'm sure they wouldn't . You didn't mention
David: That’s way too many what if’s for me to feel comfortable with the Cowboys not addressing the defensive line. Even if you’re right and Ware and Spencer regain a bit of their old form, they are not young players. Ware is entering his 10th NFL season and Spencer is entering his eighth. The rest of the guys you mentioned are either unproven commodities, or proven commodities who are not top-notch talent. It can’t hurt to look toward the future and bolster the depth.