The Dallas Cowboys offense proved quickly this season that it is one of the most effective units in the NFL. The defense of the organization is still a problem.
The Cowboys are the league leader for interceptions with Trevon Diggs, and have a bright young linebacker in Micah Parsons. However, several key Dallas defensive players aren’t fully healthy, which has led to a underwhelming group performance.
Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, explained that his ideal defense scenario is very simple. To create a formidable defensive front, he wants Dallas to be capable of putting DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory and Parsons on the field.
Jones stated Tuesday on 105.3 The fan, that “when all three of them are out at the same time, and all 3 are in a pressure situation for defense, that’s one that I want to take a picture and freeze it for a long while,” according to Jon Machota, The Athletic.
Jerry Jones' dream scenario with Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory: "When all 3 of them are out there at the same time and all 3 of them are in a pressure situation on defense, that's going to be one that I want a picture of and I want to freeze it for a long time."
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 7, 2021
This scenario has not been realized by Jones and the Cowboys so far this season. Because of injuries to Gregory and Lawrence in 2021, the three pass-rushers aren’t able to play together.
Parson was the mainstay of the Dallas defensive line in his rookie season. He racked up 10 sacks during his first 12 games as an NFL player. Gregory had five more sacks when he was well earlier in the season. Lawrence recently returned from an injury suffered in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.
Two of the three pass-rushers are now healthy for the Cowboys and they hope Gregory will be able to return against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
If this is the case, Jones’s dream for defense will come true.