The Dallas Cowboys’ defense didn’t surrender a touchdown in Sunday night’s preseason matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, but their overall performance, particularly against the run, left a lot to be desired. Safety and defensive captain Barry Church was quick to tell reporters after the loss in Santa Clara that the unit will fix its problems with the run.
“When you go out there and give up that amount of rushing yards, preseason or not, that’s just not acceptable with our style of defense,” Church said, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “We’ll get it done. We’ll get it fixed.”
The Cowboys gave up 155 rushing yards to the 49ers. The week before, they gave up 135 to the Chargers.
“With our defense, it’s a one-gap defense,” Church said. “If you’re not in your gap, the ball is going to split up in your gap and it’s going to expose you. That’s the good thing about this defense. We’ll know from watching film immediately who did what and why the running game was effective against us. We’ve definitely got to fix what we’ve got to fix and come out against Minnesota and have a better performance.”