Dallas Was One of the Worst NFL Defenses in 2013 and Now Has Lost Three Starters

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Sean Lee Could Be Out for the Rest of the Year

Quite the offseason for one of the worst defenses in the NFL, huh?

Before we get to the disaster that 2014 has been so far, you should know this:

In 2013, no NFL defense gave up more yards than Dallas (6,645).
In 2013, the Cowboys ranked 30th in pass defense (286 yards per game).
In 2013, the Cowboys ranked 27th in run defense (128 yards per game).
In 2013, the Cowboys ranked 31st in yards per play allowed (6.1).

Clearly, the defense was a priority in the 2014 offseason, right? Well, they let go of their best pass rusher, DeMarcus Ware (six sacks last year; 19.5 in 2011). Ware turns 32 in July, he’s expensive, and his numbers have been in decline for awhile. Then, they lost defensive tackle Jason Hatcher – who led them in sacks with 11 – to the Redskins. This week, their second leading tackler, Sean…

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