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News: BR: Kiffin Has Already Changed Defensive Culture of Cowboys

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  1. NewsBot

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    [IMG]So much for the idea that Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin is all washed up following three lackluster seasons at University of Southern California. The 73-year-old assistant head coach only needed the 2013 NFL preseason to show some serious promise for a Dallas defense that has become historically bad in the now-scrapped 3-4 scheme. The 2013 regular season, so far, has cemented that promise.

    What this ageless coordinator has done so far is pretty exceptional, and this goes beyond the six turnovers his unit forced against the 0-2 New York Giants. The lack of any turnovers against the Chiefs on Sunday changes absolutely nothing; this was a function of an average-at-best Dallas offense that never forced the Chiefs out of their pedestrian and conservative offensive approach.

    It's true that the Cowboys were torched by Giants quarterback Eli Manning for 450 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1. Those six turnovers committed by a team that's just not looking very good rendered those gaudy numbers put up by the Giants offense completely useless.

    Most impressive against the Giants was the fact that no New York running back had more than seven carries. Also, no runner tallied more than 23 yards. The tipping point was obviously the two fumbles forced on second-year running back David Wilson.

    But don't let rushing yards allowed in Kansas City to fool you, because the devil is in the details.

    A quick glance at Dallas' Week 2 box score would lead you to believe that Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles had a pretty good day against a defensive line still missing defensive tackle Jay Ratliff—and one that will not have defensive end Tyrone Crawford at all this year. Pro Bowl defensive end Anthony Spencer was just suiting up for football for the first time in 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium.

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  2. khiladi

    khiladi Well-Known Member

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    We kind of went soft against the Giants as well, to protect against big plays.
  3. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Like that new defense.
  4. cujo

    cujo Member

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    Way too early to say it's fixed, much less a success.
  5. Wheeltax

    Wheeltax Well-Known Member

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    The Defense was pretty good last year when we had all our starters, too.
  6. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Already better than last year's defense.
  7. 187beatdown

    187beatdown Lack of Big Plays

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    No it wasn't... lol.
  8. ConstantReboot

    ConstantReboot Well-Known Member

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    Defense seemed to be fixed or showing signs that it is. Now its the offense's turn. We need a new playbook for our offense badly.
  9. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Right, last year we had breakdowns in almost every game, no sign of steady improvement.
  10. Wheeltax

    Wheeltax Well-Known Member

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    Was Dallas not like the top ranked defense in the first 3 games? Maybe I'm remembering incorrectly.

    None of that is to say I'm not happier with what we've seen so far this year - definitely excited about what Kiffin and Marinelli are doing.
  11. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    It was pretty bad against Seattle and Chicago, though the offense certainly did nothing to help them out.
  12. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Guys we are having the same issues we have had for several years. Its seems the DBs can cover anyone. Constantly seeing opposing teams WRs wide open with no one near them. Maybe I'm to critical I don't know. I do like the run defense with the 4-3. Never did like the 3-4 defense
  13. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    The Cowboys need to play defense like the Seahawks.:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  14. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    Yes it was. LOL.
  15. dallasdave

    dallasdave Well-Known Member

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    Sundays game against the Rams will show if culture has changed. How you bounce back from a loss shows a lot about team.

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