OXNARD, CA (KAUZ) - The Dallas Cowboys are in Ohio Wednesday night, getting set to open their preseason Thursday against the Cardinals in the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game.
While most, and maybe all of the Cowboys and Cardinals starters will be watching from the sidelines tomorrow, the game plan is still the same. For the defense, that means creating turnovers.
Last year they were in the bottom half of the league, forcing 20 turnovers in 16 games.
This year, third-year safety Byron Jones is one of the ones looking to turn that around, as a young leader on the defense.
"One thing I've learned is you can't be hovering over the young guys," Jones said. "You've got to interject when it's necessary and not be hovering over them every single time and critiquing every little thing that they've done. But a leadership role, that's natural, just speak up. One of our main focuses this year is just taking the ball away."
"Interceptions is always an emphasis for us," agreed veteran corner Orlando Scandrick. "But it's not something that we want to go outside of the scheme or go outside of who we are to get. We feel like if we play technically sound football, that will come."
"We've got to go for the ball," said defensive backs coach Joe Baker. "We've got to make strip attempts. We've got to practice catching the ball so when a quarterback throws it to us, we've got a chance to make the play on it. Everybody realizes how important a factor takeaways are in wins and losses. I like to say it causes winning and losing."