Jan 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Florida Gators and Dallas Cowboys former running back Emmitt Smith watches the Sugar Bowl from the sidelines during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Emmitt Smith rips Cowboys defense: 'This scheme is garbage'

On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys defense allowed 34-year-old Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown to look like a Hall of Famer. McCown shredded the Cowboys defense and had a nearly perfect night, as the Bears went on to rout Dallas without ever having to punt the ball.

During the game, former Cowboys star running back Emmitt Smith was sharing his thoughts on the Cowboys defense and they were not very flattering.


Like Emmitt Smith, Cowboys fans had a rough time watching their team’s poor performance.

Dallas fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan a year ago in hopes of turning the defense around and they hired Monte Kiffin to work his magic. Unfortunately, Ryan went on to turn around the New Orleans Saints defense, while Kiffin is leading the Cowboys to an all-time worst performance.

It’s not exactly how Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had pictured the change, and no one is happy with how it has worked out.

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  • NYCowboysFan

    Kiffen needs to go. After Houston hires Lovie Smith as their new head coach, Marinelli will quit too. I don’t have the answer, but I would think that the 3-4 with press coverage on the WR’s would work much better.

  • SmartThinking

    Ryan’s scheme wouldn’t have made one point’s difference this season. This mess is not about Ryan regardless of what he’s done for the Saints.

    This defensive mess is because this team doesn’t have the players who can compete! There. I said it.

    The defense has no front line. The corners are terrible. The linebackers and safeties are undersized and outmatched on every play. Then, there’s the defensive coaching scheme.

    Jones hasn’t invested in his defense and it’s showed all season. Personally, I believe you can trace every problem on this team back to the lack of a defensive rush, or the lack of a rush, to be specific.

    Dallas needs to begin a thorough, immediate assessment of every position on this team, players and coaches alike.

    Winning is more in the heart than in the hit. This team must make some real decisions about which players want to win and are willing to pay the price for their team.

  • Barry Soetoro

    Jason G looked like a little girl on the sideline–all bundled up and his little snow hat at just the right angle.What a wussie.