There was plenty wrong with the Dallas Cowboys’ defense in 2011.
The group was woefully inconsistent, and they often seemed confused and slow within the new system installed by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. But according to one former Cowboy defender, the chief problem with the Cowboys’ defense in 2011 was a lack of so-called “dawgs.” We’ll let said defender, Darren Woodson, explain further.
“I think about what Tony Tolbert used to always say, 'it's not about all the things the media talks about, it's about how many dawgs do you have in the locker room?'” Woodson said on ESPN Radio's Ben & Skin Show this week, via the Dallas Morning News. “How many guys do you know in this locker room that would lay it all out on the line? Defensively, you need to have those guys that are ultimately committed to winning.
“They would sacrifice, become role players, whatever they had to do to win football games. I think that's what you're missing when you look at the Cowboys. They have skill guys, but they don't have a lot of role players. You see the skill, you see the flash, but you don't see the guy that is committed on special teams, a guy that really understands his role.”
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