Defensive Meltdown on the Midway

Cowboys vs. Bears

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball as cornerback Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys defends during a game at Soldier Field on December 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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by Joe Trahan

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wfaa.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Chicago -- On a night when the Cowboys defense seemingly could do nothing right, team owner Jerry Jones promised change.

"I'll assure you that we'll be doing some different things up against Green Bay," said Jones.

Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown shredded the Cowboys secondary, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a seven yard rushing touchdown.

The Cowboys allowed the Bears to score on each of their first 8 possessions.  

The result a 45-28 embarrassment that has Jones calling for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to change his mindset.

"I think the hope is in turnovers," said Jones.  "We've got to probably involve more risk, this is just coach Jones talking here, I say this tongue in cheek, but we've got to take more risk and try to get more turnovers."

Defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware didn't want to talk scheme, instead saying its up to Cowboy defenders to take responsibility for a defense that's ranked dead last in the NFL and is struggling to get any traction.

"We've got to have some guys step up - one being myself," said Ware. "Its December we've got to play better and we didn't play a fundamentally sound game this week."

"At the end of the day, I haven't been playing like the DeMarcus of the past and I've got to get back to that. People always say the lights turn on in December and you set yourself apart from everybody I've got to get on track with that."

He's not alone.

E-mail: jtrahan@wfaa.com

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