For the season the Dallas Cowboys are -3 in turnovers, and for the Cowboys defense to have any hope of standing in the breach until Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are back in the stable that statistic must change. Last season the Boys took the ball away nearly twice per game. In 2015 the team has only three turnovers in four games played. Therein lies the biggest reason why things are not going as planned. Dallas is not generating ways to get off of the field at the same rate that they did last year. The good news is they are not as far off as you might think.
Cornerbacks Mo Claiborne and Tyler Patmon and linebacker Kyle Wilber narrowly missed out on three interceptions in losses to the Falcons and Saints. This past Sunday at New Orleans, safety Barry Church had an interception overturned by a Cowboys penalty.
The best news that fans can really hope to hear this week just came in. The anticipated return of play making defenders Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy will be accompanied by the presence of Sean Lee. Having the three talents on the field at the same time is something that the Cowboys have been anticipating for a long while and it is hoped that their combined efforts will be the spark that Rod Marinelli's unit needs to get back on track.
Sticking with the good news theme for one more link, Jason Garrett informed the world that Bryant is still on track for an October 25th return against the New York Giants. The star wide out has been running on the treadmill at the Cowboys facilities, but he has not yet ventured out to do any work on the playing surface.
"Getting in condition without putting too much stress and strain on his foot, so he has not been out running routes or anything like that up to this point. There are different ways to run where you can kind of get yourself in as good a shape as possible leading up to it, so he's been involved in that." - Jason Garrett
"I've been watching him ever since I've been in high school, college. Definitely always watched him and always tried to take notes from his game and develop it into my game. He's a great tight end and one of the best to ever play, so the way he plays to see how he gets open in the field and try to take it to my game. I loved watching him growing up." - Rob Gronkowski
A few years from now some tight end somewhere in the league will be saying those same words about you Gronk. Respect, sir.
The Cowboys second round draft pick had originally been target to return this week, but the rookie will have to wait another day for the opportunity to introduce himself to Tom Brady. The pass rusher from Nebraska was one of the pieces brought in to breathe life into the Dallas pass rush but he suffered a high ankle sprain just 19 snaps into his professional debut and has been sidelined ever since. He will likely get his next crack at Eli Manning on October 25th.
It all boils down to efficiency.
"It's critical. It impacts everything...If you're efficient on first and second down, you're in favorable third down situations if you're making first downs on first and second down. If you look at the great drives in the NFL, a lot of them avoid third-down situations or keep them to a minimum." - Jason Garrett
There is some sad news to report from elsewhere in the NFL
Rest In Peace, Coach.
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