As you may have noticed, Monte Kiffin’s defense hasn’t been looking so hot lately.
In last week’s loss to the Broncos, the Cowboys defense surrendered 51 points and 517 yards, and Peyton Manning became the third passer this season to put up 400 yards on Kiffin’s unit this season. Dallas is just the fourth team in the history of the NFL to allow three 400-yard passers in a season, and we’re only halfway through Week Six.
All these stats would seem to indicate some real problems. So why isn’t owner and general manager Jerry Jones not concerned about Kiffin and co?
“Because I see how he’s coaching the players,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan this week, via ESPN Dallas. “[Defensive line coach] Rod Marinelli, we talk about him a lot. We should. But I see individually they’re being coached, the technique they’re being taught. The acclimation to what we’re trying to do defensively, that arrow is going up. We’re moving some personnel around. We’re dealing with some young players. The more experience they get, the better we are.”
It’s true that the Cowboys have been dealing with a string of injuries to the defensive line all season long, leaving the front four a kind of patchwork job, but that doesn’t seem like any reason not to worry. Quite the opposite, if anything.
Through five games, Dallas is ranked 28th in total defense, with over 409 yards allowed per game.
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