While Kevin Burnett was not a starter, he was vital to the Cowboys defense. Burnett was a nickel linebacker who was solid in coverage and a consistent tackler. He always wanted to be a starter but Bill Parcells always believed he would be nothing more than a third-down linebacker. That's all he ever was in Dallas but now gets to compete for a starting job in San Diego.
So who fills in for Burnett? It sounds like it might be new veteran signee Keith Brooking. During an interview Tuesday on 105.3 FM, Jerry Jones said Brooking could be a three-down linebacker. That's not something they could get with Zach Thomas. But can Brooking be productive in that role at 33 in his 12th season?
- Rick Herrin