The Dallas Cowboys defense has been rather disappointing through the season’s first four games, so much so that they are off to one of their worst defensive starts in franchise history.
There is hope that the team can find their footing on Sunday afternoon when they host the worst offense in the NFL in the New York Giants (coincidentally coordinated by former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett), but reality is that the Cowboys have been so bad on that side of the ball that expectations are about as low as they can be.
Many have called for change regarding the defense and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. While it isn’t of a seismic variety, something will be different on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Nolan is moving from the booth to the sideline
We know that Mike McCarthy is very meticulous with his procedures and how he handles the Dallas Cowboys, so much so that it appears as if the structure of everything is well thought out and planned ahead. He did have a year to prep after all.
McCarthy’s relationship with Mike Nolan goes back quite a way and while they had one plan for how things would go at season’s beginning, that has been altered. Nolan has called the defensive plays from the booth so far this season but according to FOX’s Jay Glazer that will change starting against the Giants. He will be on the sidelines.
Cowboys def coordinator Mike Nolan will be moving from booth to sideline to coach this week to be more interactive with players on that side of the ball.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 11, 2020
Obviously with Nolan on the sideline he can communicate far more directly with the defensive players than he can from up in the booth. There are pros and cons to handling things either way and the Cowboys clearly feel that this change can get them out of the defensive rut that they find themselves.
It is possible that this change doesn’t accomplish much, but only time will tell. For now, we’ll be optimistic and hope that this is the adjustment the team needed and that things start turning around quickly.