After just two games under Rob Ryan, we’re beginning to see a difference in the Dallas Cowboys’ defense.
Dallas has ten sacks on the year, after recording six against the 49ers’ Alex Smith on Sunday. Two of those were recorded by DeMarcus Ware, who now has four on the year; two came from defensive end Jason Hatcher, for his first career multi-sack game; the other two came from Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer. For Hatcher, Sunday could mark a breakout performance.
“Getting pressure is what (this defense) is all predicated on,” said Ware, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We talked earlier about the multiples (pressure from more than one area). That is what (this defense) is doing, creating one on one (opportunities) for a lot of guys, and that’s showing, ‘Hey, we can beat guys one on one.’ There’s a lot of (pressure from different areas) from guys like Hatcher, Ratliff, Spencer, guys who make a push.”
It’s worth noting that, in his five previous seasons with Dallas--that is, without Rob Ryan heading up the defense--Hatcher recorded just 7.5 sacks. On Sunday, it seemed as though Hatcher was consistently in the right place at the right time. Aside from the pair of sacks, Hatcher also recorded three quarterback hurries.
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