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Mike McCarthy Looking To Fit Scheme To Talent On Cowboys Defense

3-4 or 4-3?

The question has surrounded every in recent memory – as fans try to decipher whether their new head man will change up the base . Under , the Cowboys were a base 4-3 team. Which basically means they had four down defensive linemen and three base linebackers (SAM, MIKE, WILL).

Newly hired , however, has coordinated defenses which were base 3-4 as well as base 4-3. So what would McCarthy and Nolan decide to do with this Cowboys' unit?

According to , the Cowboys will be a “4-man line” . This will allow to continue as their base LDE, and will require the Cowboys to fill out their three and one technique spots.

It also means they will not have to go fat-man hunting for a nose during – though there are plenty of zero shade type players which would be excellent as one techs in Dallas.

As McCarhty noted in his statement reported by Jon Machota, though, the true “base” defense in today's league is nickel. Four down linemen, two linebackers, and an extra on the field to combat 11 personnel on the other side.

Dallas will utilize and as those two linebackers, and will be able to fit the majority of their personnel to this defense quickly.

McCarthy has made a point of saying he will fit his own scheme to the roster's current talent, and has said he will do so on both sides of the ball. is not only staying on as , but will call plays and be able to use some of his own offensive terminology.

This isn't typically how go in the NFL, as coaches like to bring in their own people, ideas, and schemes. They typically take a couple of years to match personnel to their scheme through free agency and the draft.

But McCarthy sees this roster as championship ready, and is willing to adopt his ways to those which best fit the current roster.

Let's hope it works.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. This was a strange season. How many past teams have had a top 10 defense and the 1 offense…….but still fail to make the postseason. Their favorable stats were most likely from crushing crappy teams but barely losing to playoff teams minus a couple stinkers. I guess stats do can lie.

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