As I stated in my previous article, the Cowboys’ pass rush was my biggest concern entering the 2014 NFL season. The departure of Demarcus Ware left many of us outraged.
Watching the defensive tackle who led the entire NFL in sacks at his position in 2013, Jason Hatcher, go to the rival Redskins, not only poured salt in to the wound, but left many people scratching their head.
What’s even more disturbing is the fact that the two former Cowboys are currently tied for 7th in the NFL with 2.5 sacks a piece: ahead of the likes of JJ Watt, JPP, Dontari Poe and Mario Williams. The NFL sack leader,Â Mario Addison, has 3.5. The Dallas Cowboys, as a team, have a total of 3.0. The sad part is, the front 4 have a total of 1.0 which is shared by Kyle Wilber and Henry Melton. The truth be told, the Cowboys pass rush is non existant.
Jerry Jones told the world that he had to get rid of Demarcus Ware because he couldn’t stay healthy etc. Jason Hatcher was a business decision and la de da. I find it amusing that Cowboys players manage to stay healthy elsewhere. Even Miles Austin. Maybe Jay Ratliff hiring his own trainers should have sent a message to Jerry. I have never in my lifetime seen a team with so many soft tissue issues. Where is Henry Melton? Oh ya: hamstrung.
The Cowboys pass rush has been stagnant for several years now. My question is: how did Jerry plan to improve it by allowing his only 3 pro bowl pass rushers (Ware, Hatcher and Ratliff) move on to greener pastures and replace them with injured, cast off, or late round players? The fact of the matter is, now that the last of the Parcells era players are gone, the Cowboys pass rush is non existent. The top pass rusher on the DL has half a sack in three games.
You can drink the Jerry juice if you want to, but at the end of the day, the Cowboys are currently ranked 22nd in total defense following two journeyman quarterbacks. If the Cowboys pass rush doesn’t improve drastically against the likes of Drew Brees and the other top quarterbacks in the league: it’s going to be a long season. Jerry can spin it any way he wants to, but Demarcus Ware looks as explosive as ever in Denver, Hatcher is dominating in Washington and Jerry looks like a first class idiot as usual.