The first look at the new Rob Ryan defense in game situations left a lot to be desired.
Quarterback Tony Romo certainly had his way with the first team defense in Sunday's Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage at the Alamodome, completing 14 of 20 passes for 150 yards.
He threw touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and running back Lonyae Miller against a defense that is clearly still in a learning mode.
With 10 of 11 starters back from last year, coordinator Rob Ryan is expected to be the biggest difference maker.
He took the brunt of the blame for his unit's performance on Sunday.
"We don't like giving up points," Ryan said. "Sometimes it happens. That is the way it is. But put it on me. I dusted off a couple of calls we hadn't worked on. Put it me its my fault. The players will be fine."
The defense problems included wide open receivers like on Miller's touchdown run when no was within 10 yards of him, no pressure on the quarterback and confusion in a goal line situation resulting in two timeouts. Bryant took a hitch pass broke a tackle and raced to the end zone. Witten caught a short pass in a goal line situation from Romo.
Ryan blamed the timeouts on substitution and communication problems from the staff on the sideline that he says won't happen again.
"You have to look precise in some of those situations," Ryan said. "If not, it's not going to look good. We got our butts handed to us. It's all me."
Linebacker Bradie James said it no time to panic, as it was learning experience for everybody and the defense will be better for it.
"We haven’t even made it to the preseason game yet," James said. "There are a lot of things we have to work out, iron out these defensive wrinkles. It’s good we got a look like that.
"We are in training camp. This ain’t the Super Bowl. There is a lot of things we have to learn. We aren’t there yet. That’s why preseason is what it is. There are things we definitely have to work on…but that was good. It was good that we keep getting these looks and we can’t help but get better from it."
Coach Jason Garret wasn't so critical, saying it was a work in progress on both sides.
The thing he liked most was seeing the veterans in game situations and the young players playing some real football as they continue to prepare for the Thursday's preseason opener against the Denver Broncos at Cowboys Stadium.
"I thought it was good and productive," Garrett said. "Those experiences are invaluable. It was important for everybody. We have a long way to go in all areas. It will be a good tape for us to evaluate."