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October 02, 2012

Sean Lee says Cowboys defense failed to set the tone at start of second half, and 'it hurt our team'

Linebacker Sean Lee said allowing a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half hurt the Cowboys and has to stop.

“To come out in the second half and allow them to drive the field like they did, that’s something that we need to put an end to. That we’ve got to stop,” Lee said after Monday night’s 34-18 loss to the Bears. “That’s one of those things where we obviously did some good things in the first half, but we’ve got to be able to come out in the second half and set the tone again, and we didn’t do that, and I think it hurt our team.”

Until a garbage-time touchdown, the Cowboys defense had allowed only 13 points, a touchdown and two field goals against the Bears.

Linebacker Sean Lee wasn’t impressed.

“We want to be better than that,” he said.

Lee said the Cowboys have to work on being a more consistent defense and eliminating mistakes.

“We’ve just got to play better football,” he said. “We’ve got to cut out bad plays. We’ve got to cut out big plays. I thought we were on the right track as the night went on, and we came out in the second half, had the drive down the field right away. And then we were playing from behind a little bit and we didn’t play as well as we needed to defensively. We need to work. We’ve got to cut out the bad football in this bye week and be the defense we know we can be.”

But what is going to make the Cowboys consistent? Lee said part of it is perfect practice.

“Hard work and practice, focus, and during the week, in games, finding a way to be perfect, and in practice being perfect all the time, mentally and physically,” he said. “That’s something that we’re working on. And I think we’re getting there. But tonight in the second half was not good for our defense. We need to be better.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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