Here is a little comparison of how the Christensen led Cowboys compare to his predecessor Joe Glenn. Cowboy fans will remember that Glenn was essentially forewarned that if he could not get the Cowboys to move the ball and score then he would be let go and in his final season the Cowboys had one of the worst offenses in the country; exit Glenn. Enter the offensive minded Dave Christensen. In year 3 it looks like the offense has arrived. But Christensen forgot to bring a defense with him. Marty English was retained from the previous coaching staff to maintain the dominating defense that the Pokes had under Glenn, but has thus far failed to do so. The plots essentially show that if the Cowboys could combine the offense of Christensen with the defense of Glenn then the Pokes would have a winning formula. Blue and red show the production of Cowboy opponents under Glenn and then Christensen and Brown and Gold show Cowboy production respectively.
It seems that Christensen’s offense can’t keep up with English’s defense – and not in a good sense. Only once in the last 9 years have the Cowboys on average outscored their opponents (I did not look into the Koening and Dimel eras but I am sure that this trend has actually been going on for a lot longer than 9 years). If Christensen wants to have a more successful tenure than his predecessor then he will have to figure out how to reverse the runaway trends of defensive yards allowed and defensive scoring.