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Will the Cowboys simplify the defense?

IRVING, Texas -- Last year players felt Wade Phillips’ scheme became too predictable. Now there are calls – though not from the players – that Rob Ryan’s scheme is too complex considering the communication breakdowns at critical moments this season.

Is it time to go with a simpler approach?

On Wednesday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Ryan and Jason Garrett, “were at it before the paint dried the other night on some things we can do to get better.”

Ryan seemed to indicate he will scale back on the complexity.

“Look, I like to stretch the envelope about as far as I can stretch it mentally demanding on our players but if there are some problems and it doesn’t work I’ve got to tone back,” Ryan said. “That’s the hardest thing for me to do, but it’s something that has to be done. And we’re going to do that. I’ve got better players than everybody else and that’s just a fact. For us not to execute and statistically we’re garbage, well, when you give up 500 yards to somebody you’re going to be garbage. You know, and that’s the way it is. But we’ve done a lot of really good things this year also. But our players are there. We just have to do a better job of getting everybody to play together.”