Cowboys to be smart vs. Ted Ginn Jr.

September, 15, 2011
9/15/11
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IRVING, Texas -- A week after the Cowboys had a punt blocked for a touchdown against the New York Jets, the coverage team has to prepare for San Francisco’s Ted Ginn Jr., who had a 55-yard return for a score in the Niners’ opener vs. Seattle.

For good measure he also added a 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“You always want to be aggressive, you always want to attack,” coach Jason Garrett said, “but you want to be smart too. We think we can be both.”

Mat McBriar will be in charge of keeping Ginn Jr. under wraps on punt returns.

“He’s dangerous and he’s fast,” McBriar said. “I really can’t afford to out kick the coverage this week because if he gets a little bit of space to start with, then you really haven’t got much hope in catching him.”

McBriar said Wednesday’s practice dealt with the breakdown that led to New York’s block. Because of Ginn Jr.’s success, however, the Niners could want to set up returns instead of coming after McBriar.

“I’m expecting to see some pretty good rushes from the 49ers this week because that was a weakness for us last week,” McBriar said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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