DeMarcus Lawrence has NSFW message after Cowboys awful defensive performance

The Cowboys defense got lit up by the Browns in Week 4. DeMarcus Lawrence wasn’t remotely pleased with his teammates after the game.

The Cowboys defense raised a lot of eyebrows around the NFL after giving up 49 points to the Browns during their Week 4 matchup. The weak effort represents a crisis for the Dallas defense. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence believes he knows the biggest problem plaguing the unit.

The veteran edge rusher didn’t hold anything back when he was asked about the team’s poor defensive performance. He immediately called the unit “soft” and went on to express his belief that the defense needs to hold itself to a “higher standard.” His words were designed to sting his teammates during a time of crisis.

On one hand, the Cowboys coaching staff should be pleased by one of the team’s veteran stars taking a stand. There is, however, a question about whether or not Lawrence is the right guy to take his teammates to task. He is one of the defense’s highest-paid stars but his production slipped dramatically in 2019. The fact that Lawrence is still searching for his first sack of the 2020 season will cause some teammates to respond negatively to his criticism.

No matter what, the Cowboys need to take drastic measures to upgrade their defense immediately. The unit is currently among the most porous units in the entire league. Dak Prescott and the offense are scoring more than enough points to win games. Dallas is struggling because they are forcing their offense to win shootouts on a weekly basis.

At the very least, expect the Dallas defense to play with more emotion and passion when they kick off in Week 5. The group isn’t a perfectly constructed collection of talent, but it’s not as bad as they’ve played in 2020.

Lawrence could provide his team a major boost by playing up to his hefty salary. The defensive line has struggled to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year. That’s put a ton of pressure onto the overmatched Cowboys’ secondary to hold up in coverage for extended periods of time. Predictably, that’s led to a number of big plays.

Expect big changes to come to the Cowboys defense in practice this week. If things don’t improve dramatically in Week 5, Lawrence may be forced to express even uglier words next week.