The Dallas Cowboys were basically crushed by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. The Cowboys couldn’t get their offense going and they couldn’t stop the Saints from doing whatever they pleased. The Saints offense put up 625 total yards, 383 with Drew Brees’ arm and 242 on the ground.
“Well, a little bit of everything, run and pass, they did a really good job and we didn’t do a really good job, a combination of both,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said, via ESPN Dallas.
The Cowboys have the built in injury excuse, they were playing with out safety J.J. Wilcox, defensive tackle, Jason Hatcher and Morris Claiborne. Among the other many injuries the team has suffered this year like defensive end Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys lost middle linebacker Sean Lee to a hamstring injury in the game, and then his replacement Justin Durant left the game with a hamstring injury as well.
“We had a lot of young guys out there, there’s no doubt about it,” Kiffin said. “That’s no excuse. That doesn’t explain it. You still got to play better than that. This is the NFL. If you’re on our football team and you’re in there, you need to play like a starter. You may not be able to do it because you’re on the bench, but still, you can’t put on a display like that, it’s not good at all, not good.”
Injuries is what his predecessor Rob Ryan claimed hurt his defense last year. He became the scapegoat and fired after the season, and his new defensive unit with the Saints held the Cowboys offense to 193 yards.