Now, am I saying the Cowboys are going to come near the 44 takeaways? No, I am not, but if you want evidence that the team will be focused on it, look no further than a habit being created right now on the entire team. It was reported at the Rookie Mini Camp that Coaches often carry around a football and if they throw it on the ground everyone makes a mad scramble for the ball. It hasn’t been as prevalent at the OTAs but you can expect that during the mandatory Mini Camp and Training Camp that the intensity is going to rise and this will happen. I don’t know how many takeaways the Cowboys are likely to have, but they are going to go after the football. Bank on it.
Next I want to talk about the shift from the 3-4 scheme preferred by Parcells and Phillips to the 4-3 scheme preferred by Kiffin and Marinelli. No more will we be seeing a lot of plays where Ware and Spencer are dropped into coverage. They are going to come after the football on every play. Monte Kiffin has never had a pass rusher in the same league as DeMarcus Ware. He made Simeon Rice into a 2 time Pro Bowl player for the Buccaneers. No disrespect to Mr. Rice, but on his best day he isn’t in Ware’s league as far as rushing the passer. Contrary to what that idiot Marshall Faulk thinks, Ware is the most devastating pass rusher in the entire NFL.
Not only has Kiffin never had a pass rusher like Ware, he’s never had a pair of Cornerbacks like Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. He had one such talent in Rhonde Barber, but not two. Their ability to cover man up in tight and jam at the line of scrimmage means Kiffin is going to use blitzes. We haven’t seen a Dallas team blitzing effectively in a very long time. They generated sacks without blitzing much. The philosophy is that you can live by the blitz and die by it as it leaves your CBs on an island in man coverage. Kiffin has CBs who prefer to play that way. We’re going to blitz a lot.
Years ago I was kind of enamored with a dirt bike made by Maico. I remember it was a rocket. One magazine had an article about it that I have never forgotten, and probably never will. I believe these words are almost exact. “Want a little power? Twist the throttle back a little bit. Want a little more power? Twist it back a little more. Want to loop out and stuff your head in the ground? Yank that throttle back and pay no attention to the passing scenery.” With apologies to that author of so long ago, the Dallas Cowboys are going to yank the throttle back and pay no attention to the passing scenery. The goal will be to stuff the other guy’s heads into the ground. Will that mean they wreck? No, it means they are going to chance the wrecks to enjoy the ride.