Xavier Woods provides disappointing answer for Cowboys’ lack of effort
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the worst defenses in the NFL for the first month of the season. It also looks like they regressed every week under the new DC Mike Nolan.
In this case, the appearance is not mistaken, the statistics confirm it. The Cowboys currently rank 30th in the league in overall defense, are penultimate in Rush Gardens allowed per game, and are last in ppg, which adds up to 36.5 points per competition.
That's not bad, so meticulously lazy.
There are compelling reasons to explain the ineptitude of the defense. Having less field work and no preparation games to solve the problems of a new system this off-season was a less than ideal situation for the defense.
It also didn't help that some of the team's starters were injured on the defensive side of the ball. The CB position has missed Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie, Gerald McCoy is out for the year with DT and LB Leighton Vander Esch was injured in the first game of the season while his colleague LB Sean Lee has not yet trained.
That's a lot of talent on the shelf for the cowboys, and it hasn't helped their cause in defense.
However, there are more problems in defense than injured players and learning a new system. After a third pathetic performance against the Cleveland Browns, Nolan's defense came under scrutiny. What was seen in the movie wasn't good. The defense was bad, but what was worse, it seemed like they weren't straining.
Failing because of talent is one thing, but being beaten for not pushing or doing your best is another entirely. You can understand losing when you are unable to play better but not playing with your maximum effort is inexcusable.
While the coach and owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, didn't seem to believe the team's rhetoric, one player confirmed what many people had pointed out. S Xavier Woods admitted that he doesn't go into overdrive every game.
Woods is extremely disappointing to hear and it doesn't look good. The football world has beaten your efforts for the past few days and Woods admits he doesn't give his best every game.
It doesn't take anything to try. It doesn't take talent to make an effort, and it seems Woods lacks the will to go full blast on some games.
The Cowboys don't have the elite defensive talent to be successful right now, but they could make up for it in their efforts. That doesn't seem to be happening either. If both don't happen, it's a bad combination.
And the results speak for themselves.
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