By Yusuf Nakhooda
The Dallas Cowboys showed their fans and the rest of the league, that they are serious about winning now and not sacrificing their future by trading for Michael Bennett from the Patriots for a 7th round pick so they didn't give up much at all.
Here is what he brings to a much needed pass rush as Tyrone Crawford is lost for the season with Hip surgery. Adding Bennett to the mix, which also has Demarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn and Tyrone Woods makes this unit much stronger and bolsters their pass rush.
The most obvious element Bennett is going to bring to the Cowboys is another veteran presence from the Kris Richard Legion of Boom era that can communicate and emulate what the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator is looking for.
From Bennett's background with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-12) and Seattle Seahawks (2013-17), he has an intricate web of connections to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's style of defense that his acquisition is a natural plug-and-play.
One of Bennett's best traits is his ability to play inside at defensive tackle, which the Cowboys got to see up close twice last season when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.
When Bennett was a Pro Bowler from 2015-2017 with the Seahawks he was the focal point, until Frank Clark took over who is know with the Chiefs. Even in his final year Bennett did have a huge year with the Seahawks producing 8.5 sacks. And Cowboys defensive coordinator Kris Richard who rand the Legion of Boom is quite familiar with him so, Bennett should know the scheme quite well and won't have trouble adjusting.
He won't be asked to be the main guy to lead the defensive line in Dallas. That belongs to Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn. Currently teams double team Lawrence quite often. With Bennett on board that is just another element for teams to deal with.
One element that every Cowboys Super Bowl team had was a veteran who had previously won championships and was present to show the new team how to play like champions.
In 1971 it was Herb Adderely. In 1977 it was Cliff Harris, and in 1992 the Cowboys traded for Charles Haley from the 49ers.
People have talked about Bennett's issues in the locker room as a complainer. But i am sure the Cowboys did their due diligence and research. I That won't be a issue with this group. With Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, and Demarcus Lawrence, Bennett will know his place. He will just play the game and leave the extra cirricular stuff behind.
Adding Bennett to the squad, regardless of what he accomplished in his past, speaks to the future of the Cowboys. The front office is not content to roll with the players they have, but make additions where needed, because they have more to achieve than simply winning the division.
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