The Dallas Cowboys’ defense had an underwhelming showing in their first season under coordinator Rob Ryan, due in good part (most believe) to the fact that, without a true offseason, Ryan had to rush the implementation of his system. This year, All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware says, the unit is already operating smoother than it did back in 2011.
“When I think about the defense, from last year to this year, it’s sort of like night and day,” Ware said last week, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There weren’t a lot of mistakes we were making. Guys were really aggressive, really comfortable. In the defense, whatever Rob called, we were ready for the situation.
“I feel really good about the defense, how things are progressing. Especially the young guys.”
The Dallas defense will have a new look to it in 2012, and according to Ware, the new additions--of safety Brodney Poole, and cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, to name a few--will make the defense that much better.
“Brandon Carr, Claiborne, a lot of the younger linebackers--defensively, it’s a battle out there,” Ware said. “You can see those guys and the tenacity that they bring. It’s going to be good.”
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