How Does Monte Kiffin and 4-3 Defense Affect Cowboys Draft Strategy?

Updated: January 11, 2013

cowboysIn case you are living under a rock, the Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs again. As it always seems with America’s team a mass panic spread throughout the organization and Jerry Jones once again made prophetic statements such as “changes will be made.”

With that said, Rob Ryan was let go and the 3-4 defense went with him. In is coming 73 year old Monte Kiffin and his 4-3 defense:

How will this effect the Dallas Cowboys draft?

Really, not much. The Cowboys have most of the players already to make the shift. OLB Demarcus Ware will probably presume a Von Miller type role which will be playing OLB on first and second round, then strictly rushing the passer on third down.

The Cowboys linebacker corp is already pretty solid if they go with Ware and Carter on the outside with Sean Lee in the middle. The only issue would be the defensive line and the two DE/OLB hybrid players who are probably their best. Is Ware going to be a defensive end or a outside linebacker mainly? Is Anthony Spencer going to be resigned? Where does he fit in?

All of these questions have to be answered but as far as the 2013 NFL Draft goes I think it’s almost a certainty the Cowboys go with a 4-3 defensive end or a true defensive tackle. Guys like Sheldon Richardson, Kawaan Short, and Sylvester Williams all just became serious options for Big D.

We’ll see what they decide to do.


  1. Mike Jones

    January 12, 2013 at 12:49 am

    they will need more than 2 players to switch scheme

  2. T. Walker

    January 13, 2013 at 7:01 am

    No not really, they already have linebackers, they have couple hybrid d ends, all they probably need is 1 mammoth good dt and other de. Pushing spears inside is better, i’m glad they getting rid of the 3-4, I been wanting to get rid of that bul•••t defense for the last 5 yrs. Bill Parcels brought that bs over with him. I always said cowboys don’t have 3-4 personell, I’ve been saying that for yrs. DTs playing DEs stop please. But thank god ryan n that bs defense is gone, now it’s garret and romo’s turn 2 be OUTA HERE!

  3. B.Skinner

    January 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Although the Cowboys will draft for Kiffin’s 4-3, with the state of their offensive line they need to draft there first, or have a darn good plan if they don’t. Key to the success in big D of the 4-3 will be Bruce Carter, and the re-signing of Anthony Spencer. Spencer would make a great DE, and Carter can do it all. But will Dallas pay Spencer?

  4. Quentin Williams

    January 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    COWBOYS focus on a QB AND RB AND WR on draft day just move Ware at one end and Spencer at the other move Carter outside at linebacker keep Lee in the middle put Sims at other outside linebacker and look into a playmaking safety and Romo must deliver Garrett also