After admitting last week that he didn't think he gave his maximum effort at all times in 2010, Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is saying that's his focus this year.
It's just been one outing, but Spencer did appear to play a four-quarter game against the Jets on Sunday. He and the rest of the Cowboys' front seven had their way against the Jets in the ground game, Spencer totaling three tackles. He also had a sack in the fourth quarter to go with two pressures of Mark Sanchez and a forced fumble.
"Just taking it one snap at a time," Spencer said. "Just really not trying to worry about the last one or the next one, just going one play at a time, just trying to win each snap, each down."
It's obvious Spencer is capable of playing at an exceptional level, because he showed it at the end of 2009. In the final eight games of that year, including playoffs, he had eight sacks, 22 quarterback pressures and seven tackles for loss.
If Spencer gives his all on every snap, he could get better with more experience in Rob Ryan's defense.
"We had pretty much a crash course during camp," Spencer said. "He put everything in. He just wanted us to know his base idea for everything. Once we got into the game plan it was easy . . . We're having fun right now. So I can imagine the fun we're going to be having in a couple more weeks here."