While the offense waits – albeit impatiently – for the returns of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys’ defense will be near full-speed Sunday in New York.
Orlando Scandrick and Terrell McClain aren’t coming back this season. But, otherwise, the return of defensive end Randy Gregory will get it about as healthy as possible. Gregory has been out with a high ankle sprain since his promising debut in Week 1 against these same Giants.
In that Cowboys’ comeback win, the rookie was credited with three quarterback pressures of Eli Manning. He’s burst off the edge and his disruption of the pocket reminded of DeMarcus Ware, even Charles Haley. Obviously the defense has missed that the last month without him.
With last game’s returns of defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain, the defense is as healthy as it can be. So while the offense – even with the promotion of quarterback Matt Cassel – still expects to sputter, the excuses have expired for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
Given the health on both sides of the ball, it’s time for the Cowboys to win a game with their defense.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.