Last week, the Dallas Cowboys’ special teams unit drew some national attention for allowing the Jets to block a fourth quarter punt and return it for a game-tying touchdown. This week, Joe DeCamillis’s boys are preparing for another test--namely, the 49ers’ Ted Ginn, Jr., the Ohio State product who returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in back-to-back chances against the Seahawks last week.
“He’s dangerous and he’s fast,” said punter Mat McBriar, per ESPN Dallas. “I really can’t afford to out kick the coverage this week because if he gets a little bit of space to start with, then you really haven’t got much hope in catching him.”
While the team may normally lay back in order to set up blocks for Ginn, McBriar believes that on Sunday, due to the breakdown in punt coverage in week one, the 49ers may come after the punter in hopes of a repeat of the Jets game.
“I’m expecting to see some pretty good rushes from the 49ers this week because that was a weakness for us last week,” he said.
Head coach Jason Garrett has stressed the importance of a balanced, disciplined attack in practice this week.
“You always want to be aggressive, you always want to attack,” Garrett said, “but you want to be smart too. We think we can be both.”
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