As the Dallas Cowboys continue their offseason preparations, there are still a lot of questions that surround this defense. We aren’t sure at this point what we are going to get out of this group and even how this defense is going to look when they take the field. All of those questions led to a fun exercise: what would this defense look like if we were able to bring back one great Cowboys defender from the past and insert them into this defense? And who would that defender be?
Would you want to put a dominant defender in the middle of the defensive line, maybe an edge rusher to get more pressure on quarterbacks, or someone in the secondary to help these younger players on the back end? Either way, it’s a fun question and it would be interesting to see what they would bring to the table for this team.
Here are a few players that come to mind right off the bat.
Defensive Tackle Randy “The Manster” White
If you are looking for one of the most dominant defensive linemen in Dallas Cowboys history then White is your guy. Bob Lilly is another strong option but with White, you had a player that struck fear into the hearts of opposing quarterbacks and running backs thanks to his ferocious hard-hitting style in the middle of the defensive line for the Cowboys. Drafted as a linebacker and then converted to a defensive tackle, White’s speed and power made him a force along the defensive line and led him to rack up 111 total sacks and 1,104 total tackles in his career. Adding a monster like that to the middle of the Cowboys defense would easily put to rest concerns about the Cowboys run defense.
Defensive End DeMarcus Ware
Just imagine for a moment having both DeMarcus Ware and DeMarcus Lawrence on opposite ends of each other rushing the passer. Think of the havoc they would cause in the backfield and also in the running game. When Ware took the field for the Cowboys from 2005 to 2013, he was a one-man wrecking machine that was constantly in the face of opposing quarterbacks but also had great awareness to be able to make plays in the running game. During his time with the team before heading to the Denver Broncos, Ware amassed 117 sacks, 185 quarterback hits, 576 tackles with 145 of them being tackles for loss. Adding that amount of talent would immediately give the Cowboys a pass rush that would quarterbacks nightmares in the week ahead of their game.
Cornerback Mel Renfro
The reason I chose Renfro was for his ability to play both cornerback and safety for the Dallas Cowboys where he was a Pro-Bowler and All-Pro during his 14-year career. He’s the Cowboys career leader in interceptions with 52 and was also skilled at causing fumbles, creating 12 over his career. Renfro was a pass-defending, turnover-creating machine that the Cowboys have been missing for a very long time, and someone that would help ease concerns about this unknown secondary. Defense, though, wasn’t the only thing Renfro excelled at, he was also a skilled return man and even led the league in return yardage at one point. Adding an athletically gifted player like Renfro would be another great name that would boost this Cowboys defense and lead them to new heights.
These are just three names to come to mind, but if you had the chance who would you like to add to this defense if you were able to bring back a legendary defender from past Cowboys rosters?