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Jerry Jones Anticipates Cowboys Being In 4-3 'For Quite Some Time'
Perhaps the biggest factor in setting up the Dallas Cowboys' draft board this year is the switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive scheme. Not only do the Cowboys need to add defensive linemen but they need to add youth to their defensive front.
DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher - the likely starting defensive line for 2013 - will all be 29 or older when the season starts.
Drafting a couple defensive linemen would make sense, after all, Jerry Jones says the Cowboys will be in this system for a while.
"Certainly we anticipate being in this scheme for quite some time," Jerry Jones said Monday during a pre-draft press conference at Valley Ranch. "It's not dissimilar [to] back before Bill Parcells was here. Bill came in and I think we were the No. 1 defensive team in the NFL the year he got here under the scheme that we were operating under, which was a 4-3 at that time. So we do know what these guys that don't have to change light bulbs look like, as Larry Lacewell used to say, as far as linebackers and their height that can run. So we've got a pretty good feel and a good base of our scouts with Tom [Ciskowski] leading the way and Stephen [Jones] having been here for years and years that know what 4-3 defensive players look like, absent the fact they're a lot bigger and a lot faster than they were maybe as far back as 10 years ago."
Source: Dallas Morning News
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