Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said the Cowboys played too loose in coverage last week against Washington. They want to be more physical Thursday against the Dolphins and receiver Brandon Marshall.
“He’s a big physical guy. He wants contact, and we need to give him contact,” Ryan said. “We were much too loose last week, and we need to tighten up our coverage.”
Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw for 289 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday, the second-highest total they have given up this year.
“Grossman got hot like he does, but we did help the situation,” Ryan said. “We were beaten in double coverage many times, and when you’re doubling somebody, they’re not supposed to catch it. We can’t have that. You have to challenge receives, which hasn’t been a problem at all for our guys, but I think they were getting in formations where we were backing off them and we gave them too much ground.”
-- Carlos Mendez