When the off-season started a few weeks ago for the Dallas Cowboys and owner and general manager Jerry Jones said there would be a lot of unhappy people in Valley Ranch, I jokingly told quite a few people that what Jerry really meant was that the fans would once again be unhappy.
Fortunately and unfortunately my little joke was correct. Quite a few of the fans I’ve encountered over the last few days on social media’s are quite upset that Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator. They are not sold on the fact that the Dallas Cowboys want to transition back to the 4-3 defense and the biggest arguments are that the Cowboys don’t have the defensive personnel to run the 4-3 defense and that new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is too old.
To answer the first question, the Cowboys are set personnel wise for the most part to run Kiffin’s “Tampa 2″ type 4-3 defense. This should better compliment the defense . Yes, Rob Ryan is a good defensive coordinator and nothing to take away from that at all, however, Rob Ryan’s defense was complex and to run a proper 3-4 in the NFL you need a big nose tackle to stop the run up the middle and well our nose tackles aren’t that big. Think of Pittsburgh’s Casey Hampton as the proper nose tackle to run a 3-4 defense. Secondly, Kiffin’s defense compliments quick linebackers which we have in Dallas in Bruce Carter and Sean Lee specifically. As much as Rob Ryan has been a good defensive coordinator for the Cowboys, his defense just didn’t do its job even discounting the injuries. Defenses are meant to hold your team in games and Dallas’ defense had us playing from behind quite a lot in 2012.
The second argument was the fact that Kiffin is 72 years old. Age is just a number really, as if you look at a great defense that the Pittsburgh Steelers have had over the years their defensive coordinator is not only pushing his upper 70′s but he is also a Hall of Fame inductee.
They say more changes are to come in Dallas and whether you currently agree with the firing of running backs coach Skip Peete or the letting go of Rob Ryan, changes have started to happen and people are unhappy so Jerry Jones wasn’t very far off. I know these aren’t the changes we, as Dallas fans, were looking for as we were looking for the big move of the firing of current head coach Jason Garrett. But, changes are changes and the Cowboys organization is realizing that things weren’t working as is. Perhaps these minor changes thus far will at least stop the cookie cutter season that we have endured the last two. So as we wait with baited breath and tingles of anticipation we can at least have fun speculating on the next big move.