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January 20, 2012

Garrett hasn't ruled out switch to 4-3 defense, but says team hasn't talked about it yet

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has not dismissed the idea of a switch to the 4-3 on defense.

But he said the team is not at the point yet where it needs to decide whether to keep the 3-4 that it has played since the arrival of Bill Parcells.

“We played a lot of three-man line, and we also played some four-man line in different situations this past year,” Garrett said Thursday at Valley Ranch. “We haven’t gotten to the point where we’re going to talk about what we’re going to play yet. We’re still evaluating the tape. ... Let us go through the process. You’ll see some of that stuff once we get back on the field.”

The Cowboys expect to begin offseason work in early May, shortly after the draft. The first OTAs are expected the week before Memorial Day.

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that would be a step in the right direction. I study football, (especially
dallas cowboys related). This defense will thrive with that scheme. Dallas is lacking the beef to substain the blocks of two O-lineman. Ratliff is sub 300 and Sprears, Coleman, and the others barely tip the 300 barrier. Look New England's and Baltimore's D-Lineman. All at least 320 lbs. Patroits 340lbs... This way we can play Ratliff at his natural DT position. Find another tackle in the 2nd or 3rd round. Put D-Ware back at his natural D-end position. The 3-4 is Parcells (Giants scheme) and not Dallas. Please Garrett make the switch

First I would address the D-back issue and GET some Cornerbacks!!!! I stay with the 3-4. Move Ratliff to DE opposite Ware and either draft or sign a true nose tackle to take Ratliff's place. Once those issues have been addressed then we go and pick up some help for the O-line. Maybe draft a guard in the second round or pick up a couple free agents. Either way the D-back position has to be up graded or we will be 0-16 next year.

Corrected headline....

Jerry Jones hasn't ruled out allowing Garrett to switch to a 4-3 defense, but says he and Gene Jones hasn't talked about it yet.

If they do switch to a 4-3, is that going to limit D-Ware? I know that he was a full time DE in college, but can he do that on every play now? That is my only concern with switching to a 4-3.

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