Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is excited about his team making a run and finishing the season strong because of Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense seems to be finally ready to hit on all cylinders.
But he also knows the defense struggles of the Cowboys defense in the Eagles game last Sunday could derail those hopes.
Jones said the Cowboys can and should be better on defense and doesn't blame the litany of injuries on that side of the ball, including the loss of four starters for the season in linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, safety Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman. The Cowboys also played last Sunday without nose tackle Jay Ratliff and nickel back Orlando Scandrick.
Jones said the Cowboys still have their top pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer and cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne _ the two most important areas on defense.
“We don’t go there injury-wise because we shouldn’t,” the Cowboys owner and general manager said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “We brought in a top free agent linebacker (Dan Connor) because we didn’t really know if Carter was going to be Carter before the season started. Really, I look at it as though we’re probably a man short.
“There are teams in the league that don’t have their pressure players. Spencer’s having an outstanding year. Ware got a little dinged up early the other night, but he’s outstanding. We’ve got top corners, so you got your guys to put the pressure on them and you got the guys (on the back end). I’m just looking at fundamental defense out there. Our strength of our defense is where you’re supposed to have it. We ought to be playing and can be playing better defense.”Clarence Hill