Rod Marinelli wants Bruce Carter to play the right way

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is hit by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Bruce Carter (54) during the game at MetLife Stadium.

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IRVING – Like every Cowboys defender, after the season ended, outside linebacker Bruce Carter was given video examples of where he needs to improve in Dallas’ Tampa-2 scheme.

Carter, 26, recently acknowledged that his 2013 struggles were connected to the Cowboys switching to a 4-3 base defense.

To better prepare the 2011 second-round pick for another season in the scheme, Carter received a "get-better reel," Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said.

"Plays that maybe aren’t good enough, with technique," Marinelli described. "You put those things together and you sit down with the man and you show him this is exactly what we have to correct.

"That gives you a plan in the off-season. You don’t just show up, you have a plan. And that’s what we do. We expect every guy to follow the plan."

Although Carter played in 15 games and finished third on the team in tackles with 96, he didn’t play with the same confidence as he did in 2012 as a 3-4 inside linebacker.

"I don’t do confidence stuff," Marinelli said. "Get down and play. Here’s your assignment key. We want you to play fast. We want you to take the ball away.

"Let’s go play. It’s a man’s game. Let’s play it the right way. That’s what I want."

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