SI Grades the Cowboys in Their NFC East Off-Season Report Card

Sports Illustrated has released their grades for the offseason to this point, including of course the Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East.

Here’s some of what the site had to say about the Cowboys to this point in the offseason.

The reason the Cowboys didn’t address their secondary in the draft’s first round is that they badly needed pass-rushing help. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn’t like to blitz. Instead he favors four-man D-line rush tactics like stunts, twists and grouped slants. Part of the reason he does this is he has a lot of mediocre front-four players who can’t consistently win on their own and need aid from the scheme. Marinelli will still have to lean on these tactics in 2017, but the hope is that with No. 28 overall pick Taco Charlton aboard, it won’t be quite as heavily. A lot is riding on Charlton. With Demarcus Lawrence battling back problems in recent years and David Irving being only a part-time player, the Cowboys really don’t have another pass rusher who can bend the edge snap after snap.

Grade: C+

You can read the rest of what SI has to say about the Cowboys, as well as the NFC East by clicking HERE


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