Should the Cowboys switch to the 3-4?

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Last Season Performance

In 16 games this season, the Cowboys allowed a horrendous 415.3 total yards per game, 286.6 of them through the air and 128.5 of them coming on the ground (ranked 32nd, 30th and 27th overall this season, respectively). One of the reasons why the Cowboys defense played so poorly was due to their secondary and a lot of injuries in their front 7. DeMarcus Ware was gone for some of the Cowboys games as well as inside linebacker Sean Lee. Due to their absences on the defensive line, the Cowboys ranked 25th in the league last season with only 34.0 sacks and 42 tackles tackles for loss. Typically DeMarcus Ware sacks opposing QBs an average of 13.0 times per season, however because of injuries he was only able to sack QBs 6.0 times. On the rushing side of the ball as well as the passing side of the ball, the Cowboys definitely needed some help. You’ve seen their stats against the run last season: 128.5 rushing yards allowed per game, 131 rushing yards per game in their last 13 games, 13 rushing touchdowns and 10 games of over 100 yards to opposing running backs (2 of them for over 200 yards). In short in the last 13 games of the season the Cowboys were absolutely abhorrent against the run. Due to injuries to their front 7 the Cowboys defense suffered pretty noticeably. Now while the majority of their defensive woes were on the passing side of the ball, defense is a two part game, you have to be ready for both sides of the ball.

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  • Earl Robertson

    Are you kidding me???

  • SmartThinking

    There is a commitment, in time, effort, players and money, to this new defense ( which is really a basic return to Tom Landry’s 4-3 Flex alignment). The philosophy is in place, the coaches are committed and most of the players have, finally, been converted over to the system. A change now would be a monumental error in judgment. It’s taken this long just to get most of the players to know what to do. Besides, Marinelli’s “Waves of Linemen” concept, when executed correctly, stops teams at the line fifty percent of the time ( the other fifty percent, they pass). And with only 14 teams out of 32 running the 3-4 tells me the majority of the League still don’t think it’s the way to run a defense.

  • jrcowboy49

    You will never be better than 8-8 by changing the defensive scheme every 2 years! Each scheme requires certain type of players and right now Dallas has a youth problem to deal with. If Marinelli does not deliver this year, we have a different story!

  • Ronnie Briscoe

    The cowboys always had one of the top defenses in the league before they switched to the 3-4. Stay with the 4-3.

  • Greg Hill

    It’s not the x’s and o’s it’s the Jimmy’s and Joe’s. Dallas has personnel issues on defense period.

  • arnie

    If the cowboys could switch owners, they would’ ep been Super Bowl champions years ago.