The strengths of the Dallas defense are the DL, Terrance Newman and Roy Williams. Why not design a defense to take advantage of this specific personnel? I propose an aggressive 4-4-3. Here's how it lines up: LDE: Ellis DT: Butler NT: Furgeson RDE: Ware OLB: Williams OLB: Burnett ILB: James ILB: Nguyen C: Newman C: Henry C: Reeves That's right. Roy at outside linebacker with three corners on the field. The thinking is that you put your best players on the field in the best positions to take advantage of what they do. Roy's best around the line of scrimmage. Ware's a pass rusher. Glover is cat quick, a slashing, penetrating DT. Ferg's a big run-stuffer, the perfect compliment to Glover lined up on the nose. Burnett's speed make's him an asset on blitzes and in coverage. Etc. It's a package that puts all the team's best blitzers and pass rushers on the field at the same time. And, I know, such an alignment would be a liability against the pass, but the theory is that with three corners always on the field instead of two and a safety you get better coverage out of your DBs. You have quick linebackers on the outside who can cover (most) TEs and RBs on the outside (Coakly would fit perfectly, but ya go with what ya got). You play a lot of man coverage and blitz on every play, the strategy being: You can't run through a brick wall and you can't throw if you're lying on your back (a consistent pass rush is as good a weapon against a passing game as superb coverage). Pressure, pressure, pressure, all the time. This is sort of how Bud Foster coaches defense at VA Tech, kind of a 4-6 type of theory. And maybe it wouldn't work at all. It's still cool to think about.