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Aikman Expects Cowboys Defense to be Better

However, he's not sure it will be enough to get Dallas back to the playoffs

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    Troy Aikman believes the Dallas Cowboys defense will be better in 2014 than they were a year ago, reasoning that they can’t possibly struggle as mightily as they did in 2013. But he’s not convinced the unit--improved as they may be--will be good enough to break the team’s playoff drought, which dates back to 2009.

    Discussing the defense and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes this week on ESPN Radio 103.3-FM’s “Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley,” Aikman was quick to point to the losses of Sean Lee (to injury) and DeMarcus Ware (to free agency) as reasons for his skepticism.

    “The defense is going to be better. They can’t possibly be as bad or worse than a year ago, so it’s going to be better,” Aikman said, per ESPN Dallas. “Is it going to be enough? It’s hard for me envisioning that to be the case with the injury Sean Lee being out for the season and DeMarcus Ware [gone]. Even though he battled through injuries and was limited last year, he’s one of those guys that an offense has to concern themselves with. "

    “I know that as a quarterback whenever we played an opponent it was, ‘OK, who do we have to focus on?’ and ‘Who do we have to neutralize?’ either a great pass-rusher or avoiding somebody in the passing game. I don’t know who that would be with Dallas right now and say, ‘Wow, we have to concern ourselves with this guy.’”

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