Older Gruden: Dallas Cowboys Defensive Stats Not Significant

With the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins being feature on Monday Night Football this week, that means the MNF crew and announcers will get their first and only scheduled look at this rejuvenated Cowboys’ team this season. And that includes former Super Bowl winning head coach and analyst Jon Gruden.

Among the many insightful comments Gruden has made this week about the upcoming game, and more specifically about the Dallas Cowboys, is his take on the team’s lackluster defensive stats.

“The Cowboys’ defensive stats are similar to last season’s, but that is not significant to me,” said Gruden in an article he posted on ESPN.com on Sunday (Insiders only). I’ve seen the numbers saying this Dallas defense is allowing the same yards per play as the defense from last season. “I don’t know what to make of that. I just know that the game tape of the Cowboys’ defense against Seattle opened my eyes to the reality that they really put a beatdown on the Seahawks. Seattle had 52 offensive plays, and the Cowboys really kicked their tails. They out-efforted the Seahawks, they outhustled them, and that was a lot more meaningful to me than what the stats say.”

The Cowboys currently rank 19th in total defense in the league. As of Sunday night, they also rank 15th in passing defense, and 18th in rushing defense. A glaringly low defensive statistic for this defensive unit is their sack total. Dallas has only accumulated six sacks this season, which is second to last in the NFL.

You can hear more from Gruden when the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys face off against the 2-5 Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football starting at 7:30 p.m. CST.

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