The Dallas Cowboys are hopeful that a new defensive coordinator can solve the numerous issues the unit had last season.
Worst in the League
The Cowboys' defense ranked last in total defense last season after giving up more than 415 yards per game, ranked 30th out of 32 teams in pass defense, and 27th against the run.
They also surrendered the most yards in franchise history and the second-most points in franchise history, giving up an average of 27 per game.
Exit Lane Kiffin and enter Rod Marinelli, who served as the team's defensive line coach last season.
Marinelli moves in
Marinelli had a successful stint as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears from 2010-12, after having a not-so-successful stint as the head coach of the Detroit Lions in 2008, a season in which they finished 0-16 and the worse single-season record in NFL history.
At least one member of the Cowboys' defense thinks that the team has what it takes to be the best defense in the league this season.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne feels like the Cowboys' defense has what it takes to go from worst to first in the defensive stats this season.
“We were last in the league in defense and we’re trying to be No. 1,” Claiborne told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s our goal. We’re not shying away from it. It’s definitely embarrassing. Especially when you know the type of talent you have on the team, but it’s just not showing up.”
Not Looking Good
One of the major problems the Cowboys face in becoming a top-rated defense may be that it lost key personnel.
DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher, their two best pass-rushers last season, are playing elsewhere this season after leaving via free agency.
Sean Lee, a key clog at linebacker, is already expected to miss the entire season because of a knee injury.
Coach Jason Garrett might be on the shortest leash in the league this season if Jerry Jones doesn't see results.