The big question in defensive coordinator Dave Campo's unit, which always seems able to play sound football no matter how many players leave, is the pair of young ends: Kavika Pittman, the 1996 second-round pick who has done zip in his two years as a Cowboy, playing the open side, where Charles Haley once roamed; and 1998 first-rounder Greg Ellis taking over for the retired Tony Tolbert on the power side. The run defense, which got battered last year when the enemy realized it didn't have to score a lot of points to beat Dallas and could play ball control, should be O.K., with Chad Hennings healthy and Leon Lett back full time. The pass rush is iffy.
But at least spirits are high. There's a feeling that the people in charge know what they're doing, and that's a start.
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