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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Cowboys working on improving pass rush

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys pass rush has produced 21 sacks this season, tied for 15th in the NFL.

But the numbers don't tell the whole story. The Cowboys need more pressure on quarterbacks to force offenses off the field especially late in games. This became a heavy topic after the loss to the Detroit Lions where the Cowboys failed to stop a late fourth-quarter drive ending with quarterback Matthew Stafford's one-yard leap into the end zone.

If the Cowboys can get a better pass rush on quarterbacks it can take pressure off the secondary. But for the last two games, the Cowboys have missed defensive end DeMarcus Ware with a thigh injury. While the Cowboys continue to use the three other starters in Jason Hatcher, George Selvie and Nick Hayden, the team has used a heavy dose of other players to fill in their defensive line rotation.

"We got some pressure right there we might not have as many sacks as we need to but we're getting after the quarterback," said Selvie, who has five sacks on the season. "We need to do it pretty consistently. We got some chip [blocks] out there and I saw some of that, but we got to work through that stuff. There's always stuff you can do to eliminate that."