http://sturminator.blogspot.com/2013/11/kiffin-report-week-9-vs-minnesota.html Posted by Sturminator at 11:15 AM Kiffin Report: Week 9 vs Minnesota - The Remarkable Waiver Wire DL If the 2013 Dallas Cowboys go anywhere this season - such as hosting a playoff game in Arlington because they won the NFC East - I believe we will spend a lot of time praising the fantastic job of the defensive line who is in their first year in the 4-3 scheme under Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli. Those of us on the outside talked the entire off-season about the change with strategy and coaching staffs not being properly supplemented with the appropriate amount of investment to give that unit on the team a chance to be formidable to face. We are through 9 games and the Cowboys are right above the league average in sacks (23), despite not having renowned pass rushers available. They have the 2nd most takeaways in the league (21) and they are 12th in opponents' negative plays (-233 yards) which is a stat they finished 30th in last season (-295 yards) in 16 games. They are making way more explosive, game-changing plays that are winning games. The defense is surrendering yards in huge chunks and have surrendered more 10+ yard plays than anyone in the league besides Philadelaphia (31st). And more 20+ yard plays against than everyone but Jacksonville, Chicago, and Denver (29th). The Cowboys defense is now 32nd in the NFL in surrendering Yards After Catch and 31st in surrendering 1st downs. Lots of gains against the Cowboys defense, so you can see how vital it has been that they have created sacks, tackles for loss, and of course, all of those splendid takeaways.