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Cowboys Coach Mike McCarthy Confirms a 4-3 Defense in 2020

Ever since was hired as the new for the , his background with the 3-4 scheme has caused ample speculation about Dallas making a change in 2020. But new confirmed yesterday that the Cowboys will be sticking with the 4-3 this season.

So with that information, do we now have a clearer picture of what Dallas needs to do with the rest of their ? And especially this week, what they may do in the 2020 ?

It's been interesting so far to see how Dallas has added defensive talent in . Letting leave while adding and hinted at a desire for more flexibility in the defensive front.


Quinn is a 4-3 through and through. He's not big enough to play as a 3-4 DE or flexible enough to play outside . But McCoy has the size and skills to play multiple position on the line in either scheme, and Poe could be a 3-4 if asked.

So when McCarthy says “3-4 principles,” just how far might that go?

It's very possible that the Cowboys will look to befuddle opponents with multiple defensive fronts. They could have Poe, McCoy, and as 3-4 linemen and Lawrence rushing from one side.

could occasionally be used as the other rusher. and also have those skills, and Smith was a star for the 49ers in that role. also could make that switch.

But along with all that comes the draft. This idea of using a designated pass rusher and potentially throwing some different looks at opponents could be why the Cowboys are reportedly so interested in LSU's .

While he may not ever reach the heights of , as few have or could, Chaisson definitely has a similar feel as a draft prospect as Ware did. Along with elite pass-rushing potential, K'Lavon has the athleticism to drop back into coverage and handle other roles.

He could be your designated pass rusher on those downs, a 4-3 strong side linebacker on others; just a lot of ways to help the team.

The Cowboys are built to have a lot of options on defense in 2020. The key now is replacing key departures like Robert Quinn and and making sure there's enough talent out there to make schemes and strategies effective.

Hopefully, whether it's Chaisson or others, the upcoming draft picks help Dallas towards that goal.

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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