With no off season and a short training camp in 2011, the Cowboys had little time to learn Rob Ryan's new defense in 2011.
"Last year just felt like everything was given to us in a big pile of mess," said linebacker Anthony Spencer.
The stink on the field, left the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a second straight year.
"As a group of competitors you have to have a bad taste in your mouth about what happened last year," said linebacker Victor Butler. "We're better than that, we're coached better than that."
Rob Ryan agrees.
"I'm not running scared," Ryan said. "I'm not scared of anybody. I'm ready, that's why I came to Dallas."
Ryan still has swagger. He's excited about several new faces expected in the Cowboys starting line up.
"Competition makes everyone better," said Ryan. "Some people don't want it but it's going to make us all better."
The Cowboys 23rd ranked pass defense will have three new starters in the secondary.
"We have some young guys that we are counting on to contribute for us," said head coach Jason Garrett. "Hopefully they can lay the right kind of foundation in training camp and get the work they need in preseason games to be contributors for us from the outset."
"We're young but we're athletic," said linebacker Bruce Carter.
With a full off season in Rob Ryan's defense, the Cowboys believe it's time they become one of the best.
"It's time to put up or shut up," said linebacker Demarcus Ware. "Are we going to do it or not?
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