Originally Posted by xwalker
I don't really agree with that statement.
The way that Hatcher played on many downs in RR's defense is very similar to the 3-tech in Kiffin's 4-3-under (i.e. the Weak-Side DT is isolated on the outside of the Guard away from a possible double-team from the Center).
Crawford appears to be a good fit as the Strong-Side DE. He was actually slightly undersized as a 3-4 DE, but be the ideal size range for the SDE. This is the position that he played in college.
Lissemore played 3-4 DE and NT. The 1-tech is basically between those 2 size wise.
The best immediate thing about Kiffin's defense is that it will be much less dependent on retaining Spencer. In RR's defense, the Cowboys didn't have any candidates to replace Spencer.
The only spot that is opened up due to Kiffin's 4-3 is the SLB. Fortunately, that is historically the cheapest or easiest spot to fill in the Tampa-2.
Well I believe Hatch will have a career year this year, being that its a contract year for him. I guess thats what makes me not happy when I read about the 2 DTs, while we need the youth, I'm bullish on Hatch this coming season.
Crawford, that will be up to the staff on where he fits cause I'm still in between on him at DT or DE. Lissemore, well he is the round piece in a square hole along with all the rest of the list of guys we have at the position now. Getting rid of all those guys (Spears, Coleman, TRat) can help only if you have youth ready to replace them, and right now we don't and it just makes our list of needs longer.