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2. Late in the fourth quarter, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware had a chance at a clear sack of quarterback Nick Foles. At the snap of the ball, left tackle King Dunlap pushed Ware's helmet up, limiting his vision. Ware beat Dunlap and dove after Foles, but there was nothing there because after the game Ware said he didn't see the quarterback. Ware endured a tough battle against Dunlap. He beat him one-on-one and a bulk of the plays were designed away from Ware's side of the field. Most NFL teams are doing that now to eliminate Ware's ability to make plays, especially in the backfield.
3. Rob Ryan isn't going to change the pass rush this late in the season. He's going to send four or five defenders on passing plays but what's hurting him is the inside linebackers and the lack of communication from the secondary. Yes, the Cowboys don't have Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, but Ernie Sims and Dan Connor are veteran players who should know the scheme. Connor has been here since training camp. The secondary players is missing only Orlando Scandrick, leaving Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Mike Jenkins at corner, with Gerald Sensabaugh and Danny McCray at safety. While Barry Church is not here, McCray has been with Ryan for at least two years and should know the scheme. The Cowboys linebackers and secondary players should make more plays on the ball and contest more catches. You could say Ryan needs to blitz more, and you might be right; however, the back end of the defense is familiar with the scheme and shouldn't allow so many completed passes.
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