The Cowboys first team defense has pitched two shutouts in two preseason games and picked off three passes when the starters were on the field
Cornerback Brandon Carr was a prime example of the improvement on defense compared to last year's leaky unit with two interceptions in Saturday's 28-20 preseason loss.
Owner Jerry Jones and injured tight Jason Witten were downright right giddy watching Carr pick off those two passes. They believe he will make a huge impact this year, while also knowing that he would have made a huge difference on last year's 8-8 team that gave away five games after taking leads into the fourth quarter.
"Witten punched me in the side and said a couple of those (interceptions) might have made a difference and I think he's right," Jones said as he watched with his injured tight end from the press box.
Quarterback Tony Romo watched from the sideline and had the same appreciative smile on his face.
"I keep sitting over there having a smile on my face knowing how good that side of the ball is looking," Romo said. "I think a quarterback best friend and one he can rely on is the defense. If you have a great defense it makes your job and life in general a lot easier and more enjoyable. Really it's exciting to see the way they have been practicing the way they have been competing the way they have been playing. I'm excited for them to go out there and keep doing what they have been doing. It's nice. It's a great feeling to have trust in your guys and I do."