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April 22, 2013

Jerry Jones says Cowboys will be in 4-3 'for quite some time' and haven't forgotten how to draft for it

Jerry Jones said he thinks the Cowboys will be in the 4-3 defensive scheme “for quite some time,” and that head scout Tom Ciszkowski and executive vice president Stephen Jones still remember how to pick players for it.

“We’ve got a pretty good feel and a good base of our scouts, with Tom leading the way and Stephen having been here for years and years, that know what 4-3 defensive players look like,” Jones said.

The Cowboys made the move to a 3-4 in 2005 in Bill Parcells' third season as head coach. They have played the 4-3 every year in the franchise's history except the past eight.

“In general, I’d say that our scheme is influencing – our anticipated defensive scheme is influencing to some degree the kind of safeties or the kind of linemen, especially, that we’re looking at,” Jones said. “The good news is we really are in good shape over on the defensive side of the ball where that scheme is.”

Jones, asked if the defensive tackle or safety position is more important in the Cowboys’ 4-3, said, “I’d say that uniquely the pressure player still is the same as in the 3-4. I’d say the inside guys probably will be a little bit more quick twitch and have, especially the odd or the 3-tech, there will probably be a little bit more dominant player, which is a Ratliff-type player, as far as looking at the player.”

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