FRISCO — The Cowboys had one of the worst run defenses in franchise history in 2020. They allowed the second-most rushing yards (2,541) and rushing touchdowns (20) in franchise history.
Dallas was one of three NFL teams giving up five yards per carry last season.
A change in personnel and scheme was almost mandatory from many aspects. In free agency, the Cowboys signed Brent Urban, a 6-7, 300-pound defensive end to a one-year contract as a run stopper.
It’s not a glamorous position such as rush end, the spot played by DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. Urban probably won’t get noticed like first-round pick, linebacker Micah Parsons, who will be asked to rush off the edge.
Urban will make plays the casual fan won’t notice, but will get praise by the coaches and players.
It’s a position, Urban takes pride in.
“You’ve got to,” Urban said Wednesday after the second day of the Cowboys mandatory minicamp. “It’s not flashy, but you can identify the great defenses doing that job. It’s an important job. It’s one that takes a selfless individual to do. That’s something I pride myself on. I just want to win. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get there. I understand with my size and attributes, that’s what I’m good at.”
Urban’s long arms, measured at 34.2 inches at his college pro day in 2015, fits what defensive coordinator Dan Quinn looks for in some defensive…