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December 27, 2013

Jerry Jones on the Tampa 2: Nothing about this year has discouraged us from this system

The Cowboys rank 31st in total defense. The 367 first downs they have allowed has set a team record already as have the 6,279 total yards allowed and 4,360 passing yards allowed.

Statistically, they are the worst defense in team history and among the worst in NFL history.

Yet, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still is convinced the Cowboys did the right thing in switching to the Tampa 2 from the 3-4 before this season.

"I am. This is the system we want to be in going forward," Jones told the Star-Telegram. "Nothing about this year has discouraged us from this system."

Jones would not address the future of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin or any of his coaches, because he said the Cowboys are not looking beyond this week.

He believes the Cowboys defense has gotten better and will play well Sunday. They had their best effort of the season on Oct. 20 against the Eagles, holding Philadelphia to three points and 278 yards as Nick Foles completed only 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards before leaving with a concussion.

"I like where we are this week, what we’re doing in our game plan, and in my mind we’re a better defense," Jones said. "We’re going to have our personnel that's going to be on the field have more repetitions [than they have had]."

DeVonte Holloman is expected to start at middle linebacker in place of Sean Lee.

-- Charean Williams




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