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Jenkins on Dallas Defense: "It Must be the Players"

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins doesn't see the Cowboys defense being any better in 2014

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    The Dallas Cowboys defense has to be better in 2014. Right?

    After all, statistically, last year was the worst defensive season in franchise history. The unit was hampered by injuries early and often, made a habit of allowing monstrous offensive performances and finished dead last in the league. It would be kind of difficult not to improve upon that dumpster fire, to some degree at least. I mean, right?

    Well, not according to new Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins, who came to Philly from New Orleans this offseason with a three-year deal, believes the personnel is the problem on the defensive side of the ball and that there’s no reason to believe the defense will be any better.

    Jenkins sounded off on his new rivals on NFL Network this week.

    "A couple years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems,” Jenkins said, via Philly.com. “He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top 5 defense. So he couldn’t have been the problem. And then you look at this year, I had the best seat in the house when I watched the Saints get 40 first downs in one game. Forty. In one game. So it must be the players.

    “The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches."

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