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Cowboys' defense covers for offense

Rob Ryan's improved unit means it's time to take Jason Garrett's struggles to task

Updated: October 9, 2012, 1:20 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Can we stop making Rob Ryan the scapegoat for the Dallas Cowboys' dud of a 2011 season?

Can we start holding Jason Garrett accountable for an offense that has regressed from average to awful?

Yeah, Ryan's defense fell far short of his over-the-top preseason predictions a year ago, but it's ridiculous to act as if the Cowboys missed the playoffs solely because they allowed too many points. Breaking news: Garrett's offense was just as mediocre.

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