Kiffin Killed By Injuries in Wrong Places
First of all, Kiffin and the Dallas brass realized that the transition from the now-scrapped 3-4 scheme to the new “Tampa 2″ 4-3 alignment was going to take time–and bodies, period. Second-year veteran Tyrone Crawford was lost during the very first practice of training camp at Oxnard, California back in the summer and that ended up being an even bigger blow to the defensive line than realized.
Back then, it was believed that only minor delays were expected in terms of getting key defensive linemen back on the field before the regular season started.
But names like Jay Ratliff (I don’t care what he wants to be called) and Anthony Spencer essentially missed the entire season for the Cowboys, the former ending up getting a release and the latter going under the knife.
We already see that a gross miscalculation was made by Jones, again.
There simply wasn’t enough left along the defense’s most important area to survive for long—it’s not like any other proven or blue-chip options presented themselves, right?
Not Kiffin’s problem at all, period.