Garrett tackles questions about Cowboys defense

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 30: Wayne Gallman #22 of the New York Giants scores a fourth quarter rushing touchdown past Damien Wilson #57 of the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said tackling is one thing he wants the team to improve as Dallas plays the Seattle Seahawks in the post season. 

“We pride ourselves on being a good tackling team,” Garrett said, “and there’s never been a game this year where we tackled up to the standard we want to.”

Garrett was asked specifically about tackling during a press conference Thursday in Frisco. 

“So that’s always an area where we want to improve. That’s a week to week proposition. Really, it’s a play-by-play proposition in this league.”

In the Cowboy’s victory over the Giants, Saquon Barkley was able to break several tackles in a first quarter 26-yard run. 

Leighton Vander Esch was said to have played his “worst game of the season” with three missed tackles.  Chidobe Awuzie missed tackles on Barkley and Wayne Gallman.  Jeff Health missed Barkley more than once.

In mid-December, the issue of tackling came up after the Indianpolis Colts beat the Cowboys 23 to 0.  Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said at that time he couldn’t accept missed tackles.

Marinelli said the players reflect the coaches.  The team, he anticipated, would respond well and play better defense.  But in the Cowboys’ win over the Giants, the consensus seemed to be that the offense played well and the defense still needed improvement.  

Garrett on Thursday also said he hopes the “best version” of the team shows up on Saturday night at 7:15 pm (central) in Arlington. The game will be broadcast by Fox. 

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