By David Helman
FOX Sports activities actions Dallas Cowboys Writer
Whatever the reward being thrown at this Dallas Cowboys safety, don’t depend on Dan Quinn to show into complacent with the place the group is.
In any case, the Cowboys defensive coordinator has seen what this might appear to be at its absolute best. Prolonged sooner than he led this turnaround in Dallas, even sooner than that fateful Large Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons, Quinn oversaw NFL greatness as a result of the defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks and the long-lasting Legion of Improve.
Reflecting on a widely known second from former Seahawks good Kam Chancellor, Quinn can vividly recall the tactic of watching good flip into explicit.
“It acquired to a playoff recreation, he had an 80- or 90-yard interception in direction of Carolina that he took once more all one of the simplest ways,” Quinn acknowledged. “I keep in mind seeing it at that second and saying, ‘That’s it, that’s what it appears to be like. That’s what championship safety can appear to be.'”
Evidently, the Cowboys have an prolonged method to go sooner than anyone will look at them to a unit that terrorized the NFL for roughly 5 years, serving to Seattle to 2 Large Bowl appearances and one championship.
Nonetheless it is not loads a few comparability because the idea of graduating from good to good, after which from good to explicit. And whereas it hasn’t occurred for this group by the use of 4 weeks, Quinn is conscious of exactly what to seek for when evaluating.
“There’s usually a second or two in these first 10 or 12 video video games that you just reply an issue, you ship on it — there’s one factor that claims, ‘Whoa,'” he acknowledged. “You have no idea what recreation it will be. You aren’t even sure who the opponent is, nonetheless there’s solely a effectivity that claims, ‘That’s what this group’s capable of.'”
Quinn was sure to say his current group hasn’t supplied a “whoa” second merely however. In any case, beating up on the Giants and Commanders shouldn’t be pretty the an identical as quite a few the duties in entrance of the Cowboys. That incorporates a journey to Los Angeles this Sunday to face a Rams group attempting to get away of a post-Large Bowl funk (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities actions App).
Nonetheless in watching this safety by the use of the first month of the season — even inside the loss to Tampa Bay — it’s straightforward to think about that the second is coming.
All the basic stats converse for themselves and could also be merely regarded up. The Cowboys are seventh in complete safety and third in scoring safety. Their 15 sacks rank second inside the league solely to Philadelphia. They have yet to allow multiple touchdowns in any of their four games, which is a big part of the reason they haven’t allowed 20 points to an opponent yet.
It gets more interesting on a micro level. There’s a hefty amount of irony when you look at the NFL’s pass-rush win rate metric through the first four weeks. The league leader, by a considerable margin, is Denver’s Randy Gregory, who unfortunately was just sent to injured reserve with a knee injury.
Gregory, if you’ll recall, was on the verge of re-signing with the Cowboys in March — right before he opted for Denver, where he signed a five-year, $70 million contract. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was quick to point out that the savings allowed them to sign multiple replacements in Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr. and Anthony Barr.
“We ended up getting three players for what we would’ve had Randy for, and that’s exciting,” Jones said.
The funny thing is, despite the spin, Jones is proving to be right. The Cowboys lead the league in pass-rush win rate, winning a matchup 56% of the time. And while Gregory might top the list, the Cowboys currently boast three players in the top 20. Micah Parsons ranks sixth, winning his efforts 17.6% percent of the time, while DeMarcus Lawrence is 13th with a mark of 13.8%, and Armstrong is right behind him at 15th and 13.6%. Fowler is proving to be worth the $3 million investment to this point, as he has chipped in three quarterback hits, two sacks and a forced fumble while playing just 29% of the team’s defensive snaps so far.
This isn’t to say the Cowboys have it all figured out. After all, that “Whoa” moment has yet to happen. It feels like it’s coming, though, and there’s no time like the present. The Rams, have allowed 16 sacks through four weeks, and they have nine turnovers to go with that.
We’ll see what happens, but the potential is there. That’s worth being excited about.
“I think we have a long way to go,” Quinn said. “But what does excite me about the group is that I think we can get a lot better as we’re going. That really fires me up.”
David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports. He previously spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy for his role in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” about the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State. Follow him on Twitter @davidhelman_.
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