Mac Engel: Why drafting CeeDee Lamb was a hit — and a massive miss — for the Cowboys

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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So now that we know it was all Mike Nolan’s fault, the Dallas Cowboys can get back to the business of winning football games.

You would need Indiana Jones, a Truffle hog and an oil rig to find the flaw in hiring Dan Quinn as the new Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator.

The flaw starts with the Cowboys drafting CeeDee Lamb, and continuing to regard defense as a nuisance.

When the Cowboys drafted Lamb, I ripped the pick, not the player.

Lamb looks like he is going to be a Pro Bowl player. He is also an addition to the richest part of the Dallas Cowboys.

How did that help?


And it’s not the scheme. Nolan has culpability for the Cowboys’ historically bad defense in 2020, but this disaster is on the players and the franchise, which continues to prioritize the sexy splash of offense over the dull necessity of defense.


The most successful franchises find a scheme, draft players to fit it, and don’t deviate much.

Not our Cowboys.


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