It is ironic that the reason Jerry Jones specifically hired Wade Phillips to be his head coach in 2007 was to run an execute a 3-4 defense. Now? That same 3-4 apparently sucks - Kiffin is going to the 4-3.
This is the same scheme Mike Zimmer ran for the Cowboys for forever, until Bill Parcells told him to adopt the 3-4 back in 2004.
Monte Kiffin, Wade Phillips, Mike Zimmer, Dave Wanstedt, Rob Ryan ... the names all change but the basic premise and rules apply - these guys need players to make a 4-3, 3-4, Tampa 2, 4-6 or whatever other scheme look good.
By season's end, the Dallas Cowboys didn't have enough good players who could generate enough negative plays to make a difference on defense. This is why Rob Ryan got canned. It's all about players, people.
Jay Ratliff has to be healthy, that's assuming he returns. Josh Brent was developing into a major log-jam in the middle, but that's done. Jason Hatcher is built more like an end, but he would be a tackle in this scheme. Sean Lissemore looks like he may be a decent tackle, and Tyrone Crawford could have a future as a 4-3 end.
Sean Lee and Bruce Carter have to be healthy for all 16 games. The Cowboys have not received any significant plays from either safety position since Roy Williams was a rookie.
DeMarcus Ware is not going to be a pass rusher almost exclusively. He was a defensive end in college, which was a long time ago. We may be witnessing the end of his prime years regardless of scheme.
The team has not made a decision on Anthony Spencer; he also was a defensive end in college.
Kiffin is a good coach, but he is no different than any other coordinator - if he doesn't have players, it doesn't matter.
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