The Dallas Cowboys struggled through the season defensively in 2013. The Cowboys offense has seemed to find their stride, and the defensive side of the ball is all that is holding this team from being a well-rounded unit.
There is a lot of unknown about the Cowboys defense heading into the 2014 season. They’ve lost stars like DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency. Middle linebacker Sean Lee is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Despite all of that, quarterback Tony Romo is confident the 2014 defense will improve over the 2013 unit.
“You have to trust your defense,” Romo said during a recent interview with SI.com’s Monday Morning Quarterback. “If you don’t, you’re already setting yourself up for a long season. So I believe in those guys. I believe they can be much improved from last season. My job is to score more points than the other team.
“Obviously, that’s a lot easier to do when your defense is playing great. I’ve experienced that one or two years when we had a top 10 defense. In those years you can rely on them a little bit. In other years you can’t. You can’t just rely on a perfect situation as a quarterback or a player. You’ve got to go create that.
“Part of that is working your tail off as a unit to handle whatever situation arises. We’re taking steps toward that.”