It seems like every time you turn on the TV there is somebody putting their two cents in on the key to the Cowboys success. The answers all seem to be the same; “Tony Romo has to play better, and Roy Williams has to step up and be a big time threat.”
Ok, so maybe those two statements may be partially true, and maybe not. But here is a thought, what if the “D” in “Big D” plays better? That could help couldn’t it? Don’t let that 8th ranked defense bologna fool you, that is in terms of yards allowed, and as I’ve touched on before, the Cowboys special teams was less than spectacular last year, meaning opposing teams often had amazing field position to start their drives.
The harsh reality is that the Cowboys gave up 22.8 points per game last year. That was good enough to rank them 20th in the NFL.
The next big thing defensively is turnovers. The Cowboys were -11 in turnovers last year. That is dreadful. Now once again here come the Romo critics to point out that he threw 14 interceptions in 2008. True.
But the Dallas secondary only picked off 6 passes. In comparison, that means that Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Michael Griffin, Charles Woodson, and Nick Collins all picked off more passes on their own than the entire Cowboys secondary did last season. And that my friends cannot happen.
So, What is the key to the Cowboys success in 2009 you ask, allow fewer points, and create more turnovers. As the old saying goes, “Offense puts fans in the stands, but Defense wins championships.”