Fans present in San Antonio for Dallas Cowboys training camp have seen an invigorated defense under Rob Ryan, flying around the ball, disrupting passing plays and creating turnovers with Ryan’s exotic blitzing schemes. But in Sunday’s Blue and White scrimmage, it was the offense that looked to have an edge on the defense.
The defense was forced to call a timeout on the goal line, due to, according to Ryan, miscommunication between new players and coaches. The unit was also called for twelve men on the field, and surrendered a 98-yard touchdown drive to the offense.
Afterward, Ryan took the blame for the defensive miscues.
"I anticipate we will do better the next time and we’ve been doing pretty good in these practices," Ryan said, per ESPN Dallas. "But today, we got our butt handed to us and it was all me none of our players, it was all me."
Obviously, Ryan wasn’t happy with the outcome of the scrimmage, but he also understands that this is part of coming together as a unit--particularly one with as many new faces as the Cowboys, both on the field and on the sidelines.
"Hell, we still have stuff to work on," Ryan said. "We're trying to evaluate our players and evaluate the different guys. We have a great system and great players. Do we like giving up points, no but that’s the way it is. Sometimes that happens when you're playing against a great offense."
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