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Cowboys hope youth movement helps improve defense

OXNARD, CA (KLTV) - Season ticket holders for the Cowboys may get a good laugh when they open their envelope of tickets this week. Along with all the preseason and regular-season tickets, the Cowboys have included a sheet of playoff tickets as well. Dallas hasn't reached the postseason the past four years, and if its making the playoffs in 2014, the defense will have to vastly improve.

Heading into training camp last year, the Cowboys seemingly had one of the best defenses in the NFL. "We had those guys lined up across there, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer,"owner Jerry Jones said. "It looked good on paper."

But it ended up not looking good on the field. Dallas had the third worst defense in NFL history in terms of yards allowed.  "I just think it was a combination of a lot of things," linebacker Bruce Carter said. "We had this going and that going but at the end of the day we still play how he played , d we didn't go out there and win games."

Of the guys Jerry Jones named, Spencer is the only one still with the team in this years training camp. The Cowboys defense is filled with young talent, but names no one knows. "I feel like the guys they put in there on our defense are deserving of that sort," safety Barry Church said. "They are going to produce what this defense can do and we will see what we can do."

Cornerback Sterling Moore added, "I think everybody is excited about this defense. Obviously we have to gel together. Is the third defense in three years so there is going to be a learning curve, but we want to get that out of the way now that way when the season comes we are ready."

Along with all the new faces is a new defensive coordinator in Rod Marinelli. It's his job to turn around a unit that ranked near the bottom of every major defensive category in 2013. "When he comes in to the room and starts talking everybody listens he demands attention," Carter said. "If you are not doing something right, he is going to let you know about it and I think that's something we need."

Cornerback Morris Claiborne added. "The coaches do a good job of putting us in position to be successful and doing all the right things by taking it back to the fundamentals. I feel like its on the players hands down."

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