In all likelihood, most _ if not all _ of the team’s defensive starters will watch, rather than play, in Wednesday’s pre-season finale against the Miami Dolphins.
Against the Rams, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan dialed up a wide variety of blitzes. The Cowboys responded with four sacks, getting at least one from each level of the defense.
“That shows we’ll be coming from everywhere,” said outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, who played for the first time since tweaking a hamstring during training camp.
Cornerback Brandon Carr said the defense’s confidence level will be high as starters begin turning their focus toward their Sept. 5 opener at the New York Giants.
“We are very confident in ourselves,” Carr said. “It means a lot to us, even though it’s pre-season, to go out there and not give up a touchdown in three games for the amount of plays we’re out there.”
Asked if this defense is primed and ready to start the season, inside linebacker Sean Lee said: “We’re right on the verge. But if we’re going to play the Giants and be successful … then we’re going to have to have all the details cleaned up.”
Lee, who recorded one of the sacks, said he was glad to see the defensive line, secondary and linebackers all involved in taking down Rams’ quarterbacks.
“It just shows we have different guys trying to get pressure and it also shows coach (Rob) Ryan’s pressure is really showing through,” Lee said. “The guy can dial up pressure, and we’ve learned a lot from him.”
_ Jimmy Burch