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Pre-Training Camp: Grading Dan Quinn's Cowboys Defensive Position Groups

The Cowboys don’t need a top-five defense in the NFL in 2021. But can the defense be ‘good enough’ in 2021? Which position group shows the most promise?

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys’ offense should shine in 2021. The defense, however, is in the middle of a complete overhaul being overseen by new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

How good can the D be? How good must it be if Dallas is to contend?

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We make the argument: Coming off a historically poor defensive performance in 2020, all we really need to see for the Cowboys’ defense in 2021 is a move toward "average.''

Quinn being installed as the new defensive coordinator is certainly a factor that must be considered when grading position groups. Also a must when gauging and predicting: The injury history for players within that group. 

How healthy, for instance, can Leighton Vander Esch and DeMarcus Lawrence stay?

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Several new players have joined the club on defense, through both the draft and free agency. Can those new players, led by Micah Parsons, have a measurable impact on this 2021 defense?

Add it all up: Healthy players, new players and a well-liked boss ... What is the sum for the D in 2021? Let’s discuss!

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