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News: ESPN: Monte Kiffin says Cowboys defense needs improvment

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  1. NewsBot

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    IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys' defense forced six turnovers in their season-opening victory over the New York Giants. That might be the only good thing that happened. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants had three receivers who each had over 100 yards receiving. After one week, the Cowboys are ranked 30th in the NFL after allowing 478 yards and rank last in average yards allowed per play at 9.94. While yes, the Cowboys won the game, with their defense making some game-saving plays, including Brandon Carr's interception return for a touchdown with 1:50 remaining in the game, it felt like the team could have done better.

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  2. dallasdave

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    Yes, it's the first game of the season, every teams defense needs improvement. Also, take into consideration that this is the first year for the new Cowboy coaches and they are still putting their system together.
  3. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    They also scored twice, and strangled the running game. Besides that, though, what did you think of the defensive performance, everybody?
  4. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    I liked the white jerseys, a lot of them, around the ball. I like the swarm attitude BUT it needs to be reigned in a little. We definitely had some guys out of position. It reminded me of pre-season ST's. (Every year) Everyone looking to make a play to make the team which in turn meant several out of position and whiffing.

    Maybe with a little time the guys will learn to trust the scheme/system and with the athletes we have it could be very good.

    Against the grain........I really liked the DL performance. Screams Marinelli. Head to head, I thought we played on the other side of the ball all night.
  5. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Cowboys defense will look better this week against KC and the Sunshine band.
  6. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I agree. There definitely is a lot to clean up. Plenty to be critical of. I was just riffing on the fact that we did more good beyond just the 6 takeaways. And the fact that 6 takeaways is, really, all we should have needed.
  7. kruddy

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    We have had a sorry pass defense for many seasons but I feel we are not far off. By the middle of the year I really believe we will turn the corner.
  8. Zman5

    Zman5 Well-Known Member

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    LBs need to learn not to bite so hard on the play action pass. That was one of the big reasons shEli got his yards.
  9. kruddy

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    Our linebackers are the least of our problems, we need confidence and high self esteem to be able to change the way the rest of the football world sees us.
  10. Cumart21

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    Great start for the D but plenty of room for improvement. The mentality of forcing turnovers is there and this defense will come to expect it, which makes me very excited. The return of Spencer will help big time as well. Obviously the secondary needs to improve.
  11. dallasdave

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    Our LBs our good, Claiborne and Allen need to step up this game.
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  12. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    This week the defense has to stop Charles.
  13. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    in other news, water is wet
    but waters is gonna rain down the pain on the chiefs
  14. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    This defense has to get better and fast. That is way too many yards to be giving up (win or not) and ultimately if things don't change, we'll be on the outside looking in. Long way to go and we have time to fix things.

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