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Kiffin Has Dallas Defense Playing Phenomenal

There were many changes taking place at Valley Ranch this summer. New play-caller, more balanced offensive attack, and were all new coming into the 2013 season. However, the addition of coach as has clearly been the biggest success so far.

Doubt surrounded the heading into the season, especially when defensive went out with an and was placed on the PUP. Kiffin and his didn't panic. Instead, he asked his players to step and rise to the occasion, and so far that's exactly what they've done.

In a season where the struggled through the first two weeks, it is because of the defense that the Cowboys are leading the East division with a record of 2-1. True they gave up a lot of yards against the Giants but they created turnovers in the most critical parts of the game even when looked poised to make another game-winning drive.

They held the Chiefs, who have proven to be a solid team, to 17 points. They did not force any turnovers, but has yet to throw an interception this year.

Against the Rams, the defense was, simply put, phenomenal. They held the Rams to 18 yards in the first half. Yes that isn't a typo, 18. The Rams are a much better team this year than they have been in recent years so holding them to 7 points in a game was no minor accomplishment.

The change seen in this defense isn't happening by chance. It is a result of the new culture that Monte Kiffin has instilled in the defense and so far, it's helping this team win ball games.

One would be remiss to not mention the job coach has done for this defense. The way we are seeing players like , and improve is a direct result of the of Marinelli.

Three weeks into the season and the lead the NFC in . hopes that trend continues and there's no reason to doubt that they'll slack off anytime soon.

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