After the porous performance the Dallas Cowboys defense fielded in 2020, the organization was determined not to let it happen again. And it appears they have done everything within their power to do just that this offseason.
The Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan after a single season. They signed free-agent veterans to shore up their defensive line, at linebacker and at safety. Then Dallas used eight of their 11 selections in the 2021 NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball including their first six picks.
As a result, the Cowboys’ defense appears to be on the upswing based simply on potential. No one will know for sure that this unit is actually improved until actual football is being played. And there are still several questions that need to be answered.
That’s likely why one football analytics website considers the backend of the Dallas defense one of the worst in the league. Here’s what Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus wrote about the Cowboys’ secondary heading into 2021 after ranking the unit 31st out of the NFL’s 32 teams.
“The Cowboys spent second- and third-round picks on the cornerback position in the 2021 NFL Draft — a clear area of need heading into the season … Diggs did improve as last season progressed, but his 651 receiving yards allowed ranked 21st-most among all cornerbacks despite him playing just 12 games.”
The only team PFF considers to have a…