Cowboys linebacker Victor Butler called it “very frustrating” to be part of the Cowboys’ defense last season, especially as a pass rusher. Other than DeMarcus Ware (19.5 sacks), the team did not generate a consistent pass rush in 2011.
“Nobody likes to look stupid. As a defense, that’s how we felt we looked last year,” Butler said.
He also said defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has called out players individually, seeking more from them in the second year in his system.
“He’s been hammering on that in meetings. We’ve got more than one pass rusher, more than one great pass rusher, and we’ve got to utilize that,” Butler said. “He’s put it on guys to personally get better. Guys like Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and myself. Jay Ratliff. Those are all guys who can get after the passer. Just do your job and do well.”
_ Jimmy Burch