Brandon Carr is ready for the new defense

July, 19, 2013
7/19/13
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OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said after a few weeks away from the game, that he's ready to handle the new defensive scheme from defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Last season, Carr played in a 3-4 scheme under Rob Ryan, who was released after the 2012 season. Carr will now play in the famed Tampa 2 scheme that's designed to create more turnovers.

"Very excited and we had enough time off to kind of regroup and get our minds right for this long season," Carr said Friday evening as the Cowboys arrived at the team hotel in preparation of training camp. "We put in a lot of work in OTAs and the offseason and now it's time to pick back up where we left off."

As a defense, the Cowboys finished tied for 28th with 16 total turnovers forced and last in the NFC with seven interceptions. Overall, the Cowboys had the 19th best defense in the NFL at 355.4 yards allowed per game and were one of at least nine teams to give up at least 25 points per game on average.

"Everybody is just sticking together," Carr said. "We know what happened last year, and at the end of the day, we're still in the fight in the last game (a loss to Washington). There were a couple of plays we wish we could have back, but now we get to have a fresh start and guys have their minds right and hopefully this will be the year we turn the corner."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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