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    Cowboys 2021 Defense: Regime Change may be Rare Help to Struggling Players

    Quite often in the NFL and professional sports in general, big changes in staffs or management are dangerous for returning players. The new crew comes in without loyalty to the previous cast and often look to reshape the roster according to their vision. But for the 2021 , having a new may be just what some of these guys needed.

    For Defensive or Linebackers and , the changes brought about 's departure and 's one year in 2020 were not favorable. Drafted to play roles in the Cover 2 scheme that Marinelli deployed, they found themselves being asked to do new or different things that weren't ideal to their skill sets.

    But with Dan Quinn replacing Nolan after that disastrous single season, the Cowboys' 2021 defense will be nearer to Marinelli's philosophies than what Nolan was trying to do. And while Quinn may have had a hand in acquiring new talent like , , and others, he may also be intrigued by getting the holdovers from last year back to the things they're good at.

    The Cowboys seem ready to embrace all of the healthy competition throughout their defense. They kept most of the previous prospects and even struggling players around to see what effect Quinn can have on them, but also weren't shy about adding more bodies and options at every position.

    Take a guy like Hill, a 2019 2nd-round pick who's yet to find his groove. Trysten was flashing some good things before his season-ending last year but has yet to make a real name for himself.

    It would be easy for Quinn to focus on additions Urban and Carlons Watkins, plus rookies and , and leave guys like Hill or even on his mental back burner.  And, to be real, there's no guarantee that he won't favor his guys over Marinelli or Nolan's.

    But at least these players who've been with Dallas for a while are getting an opportunity to return to what they were either brought here to do or have already been successful doing. Maybe Leighton and Jaylon won't be able to fight off Micah Parsons and in the long run, but they're getting a much better shot now under Quinn than they'd have had if Nolan was still around.

    The defensive position battles in this upcoming and are going to be fascinating to watch. The Cowboys have made some big changes but didn't discard the previous talent, creating a competitive atmosphere that should produce some hardened talent for the .

    As long as Dan Quinn is the improvement at defensive coordinator that we think, the end result could be a dramatic leap forward in just a single .

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Marcus L Tabor

    I am so eager to see what Dan Quinn will bring to this defensive unit. I think it is smart to hang on to the old unit like Lve and Jaylon especially with Jaylons contract. My question is this, I read a lot of articles and the consensus is that the previous DC’s were doing to much and not molding the defense around there players strengths. Having a stronger and deeper depth at key positions what do you think will be the biggest change?

    almaccowboy

    I really believe if the Cowboys defense give Parsons and Cox the opportunity to start right out the gate, they will make Brady look his age, and show everyone else what a healthy Cowboy team can be. Dak will light up the Bucs and show how badly he was missed. Zeke will greatly benefit from a healthy line, because you can’t load the box with all the weapons back and healthy. The world will be put on notice as to how good the Cowboys are especially not having the dumbest defensive coordinator in the history of the organization.

    The truth

    Cowboys just aren’t good. The brand is so much bigger than the product. People are delusional. Go to bed ppl

    myworldurjuslivinit

    Yes Sir!!!!

    AlmacCowboy

    The Cowboys are a good team that had alot of injuries, they really have alot too prove and they will. It’s ok too be a hater at least have a reason to hate. Just because you don’t support a team is not a good reason to hate in my opinion that’s delusional.