7 Best Options for Dallas Cowboys to Bolster the Defensive Line in 2014

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7 Best Options for Dallas Cowboys to Bolster the Defensive Line in 2014
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The Dallas Cowboys head into this offseason with many questions, many concerns and numerous holes to fill. Those holes aren't exempt to any position whatsoever, but none is a more gaping hole than the defensive line. This team cannot rely on another magic act by line coach Rod Marinelli, and it's simply time to fix it.

But once again, this franchise faces limited available resources due to cap constraints, the need for numerous restructuring of contracts and also difficult decisions regarding some veterans. The time for 8-8 is over, and it's time for the Cowboys to start making progress.

It's difficult to solve every issue, flaw or problem in one offseason, but when your defensive line coach is your positional MVP, it's a problem. Yes, finding a gem like Nick Hayden helps, but you just can't win with a revolving door of day laborers auditioning for positions on this team.

For quite a while, the offensive line was the issue until Jerry Jones took it seriously, now what was once viewed as a potential strength in training camp, turned into a Wes Craven horror story. The Cowboys need to make some resources available, look for some bargains and also approach the draft with urgency.

If Jones wants to fix this unit with a chance at sustainable success, then the construction needs to be thoughtfully done. With the almost certain departure of Jason Hatcher to free agency and an aging DeMarcus Ware unable to stay healthy, the term major overhaul is necessary.

Extreme situations call for extreme measures, and when you finish last in the NFL in defense, it's downright ugly. Let's look at the options that can realistically help this group.

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