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Run defense remains a problem

08/24/2014 12:17 AM

08/24/2014 12:18 AM

The Cowboys felt good about the way the defense kept the Dolphins out the end zone when the starters were in the game Saturday night.

They held Miami to a field goal and forced two turnovers -- both by cornerback Tyler Patmon.

But the Cowboys continue to struggle stopping the run. They allowed 93 rushing yards in the first half when the majority of the starters were in the game and 200 yards on 34 carries for the game.

Miami averaged 5.5 yards per rush in the first half and 5.7 for the game.

It’s been a preseason problem for the Cowboys, who have allowed a whopping 503 rushing yards in three games.

Certainly, the injuries up front and the heavy rotation of players are part of the blame. But so is poor tackling and poor gap control.

Garrett said the run woes are unacceptable and be fixed.

“I think its a probably a combination of things based on who is in the game,” Garrett said. “I think gap discipline and making sure your run fits are right. That’s been an issue at different times throughout the preseason. Getting off blocks, tackling. Those things we have to get better at. Hopefully our defense grows in those areas. I think we have shown improvement from the start of training camp until now. Individual guys have gotten better. We have to get better as a team. Obviously you cant allow a team to run the football and control the game like that. But again I thought our guys did a good job at different time in those drives of really bearing down and making some stops of keeping them out of the end zone and off the scoreboard.”

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