Ed. Note: A few weeks ago, we announced that ex-Dallas Cowboys player Tony Casillas would be joining BTB and doing some podcasting and some writing. He’s already done a few podcasts, you can check out the latest one here. Now, he’s jumping into writing. Here’s his first article. Welcome, Tony! — Dave
You hear the excuses - “The Giants weren’t that good on offense!” or “Wait until the Cowboys play a better opponent.” Don’t listen to it, just go ahead and discard that into the garbage bin. The bottom line? It’s hard to win in the NFL and after two games (I know, only two games) we can declare the Cowboys defense is good!
On Gameplan Wednesday, as we used to call it in our meeting room, we discussed our goals for the week: start fast, minimize big plays, stop the run and create opportunities.Without a doubt the Cowboys have started fast. After two games they’re ranked fourth in scoring defense giving up 14.5 points per game and fourth in yards per game at 274.5.
The Carolina Panthers and New York Giants have formidable playmakers including Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, Odell Beckham, Jr., Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley, so instead of minimizing the Cowboys performance, let’s give them credit. Early on this Rod Marinelli defense has showed what disruption and passion is all about. The love was spread around in the Giants game among Taco Charlton, Jaylon Smith, Damien Wilson, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Antwaun Woods. They all had big plays and the secondary held OBJ to five receptions. I’ll admit when there were five minutes left in the game and the Giants had only 150 yards,and three points all game long, I didn’t realize how dominating their performance had been. While the Cowboys offense continues to try and find its identity, Jason Garrett must be feeling pretty good about his defense.
It doesn’t matter what team you play in the NFL. Everyone is paid to play and play well. Give credit where credit is due. Don’t take that away by stating that the opposing team did not play well. Don’t listen to the noise about the level of competition, the Cowboys defense is getting it done - period!