The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 49-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns where their defense gave up a franchise record 307 yards on the ground. Dallas is 1-3 on the season and critics are always quick to jump down the Cowboys throat, but this time they asked for it themselves.

If you haven’t heard about the quote that had every coach, player, and fans jaw drop around the NFL from Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods you’re in luck. This could be the NFL quote of the year.

This past Wednesday Woods stated that,

My effort has been good. Certain plays, I mean…Me included, there may be a lack of effort, but overall the effort is there.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, he didn’t stop digging his own grave. He then went on to say,

“Man we’re in the NFL, you don’t expect guys to go full speed for 70 plays. That’s not possible.”

He Didn’t Just Say That…Did He?

Even if someone believed that statement, I don’t know who in their right mind would be idiotic enough to say that to the media. Well, congratulations Xavier Woods, you just took interviewing to a whole new level of stupid.

Before I break down the Cowboys defense, let me talk about Woods’ current contract. Woods is in his final year of a 4-year rookie contract that was worth just under $2.6 million. As he approaches free agency, this quote is really going to hurt his chances of signing a solid contract, but that’s a story for a different day.

$2.6 million over 4 years in the NFL is a little over league minimum, but this is Woods’ first contract. Outside of the NFL, this is a lot of money and I guarantee Woods isn’t hurting off the field.

Xavier Woods is telling me that it’s impossible for him to give full effort one time per week for 16 games when he’s almost making $3 million. His quote is disrespectful to everyone who has worn the Cowboys jersey before him and made that franchise what it is today. It’s disrespectful to Jerry Jones who is signing his paychecks and most importantly, it’s disrespectful to the fans who pay their hard-earned money to support the Cowboys.

Xavier, you should be ashamed of yourself and I hope Jerry Jones takes your media privileges away, so you don’t embarrass one of the most prestigious franchises in football history moving forward.

But He’s Not Wrong

Xavier Woods quote was stupid, but it wasn’t incorrect. The Cowboys are awful on defense right now and they really should be winless if the Falcons special team’s coordinator coached up his guys on how to recover an onside kick.

Their defensive effort is a shame because their offense is the first ranked unit in the league. The defense is ranked 30th which shouldn’t be the case for a team that invests so much into their players.

Just so you have an understanding of how bad the Cowboys are defensively; they’re giving up an average of 430 yards and 36.5 points per game. If you watch any Cowboys’ game, this failure has nothing to do with talent. It has everything to do with effort which is inexcusable.

What Does This Mean?

If you’re going to take the Cowboys on a Sunday, I would recommend betting the over. They score a lot and they give up a lot of points. I’m not going to take a team as a moneyline bet when a defensive leader is telling the media that it’s impossible to go full speed for 70 plays.

The Giants are taking a trip to Jerry’s World this weekend so we’ll see the 31st ranked offense against the 30thranked defense. This Xavier Woods’ quote has divided the locker room and HC Mike McCarthy is receiving a lot of blame for not being able to inspire his players to give effort.

You can play the blame game all day long, but if Cowboys don’t come together this week against one of the worst teams in football, it could be a long season in Dallas.