So with the Cowboys firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and with coach Jason Garrett explaining that the franchise plans to “move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense,” the obvious conclusion to be drawn is that the team could be changing its defense from a base 3-4 alignment to a 4-3.
Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com explores that issue, and he identifies the potential coordinators who could help implement the new approach.
Archer suggests that Dave Wannstedt (who served as defensive coordinator during the 1992 Super Bowl season), Monte Kiffin, and Lovie Smith could serve as the next defensive coordinator, if the move is made to the 4-3.
We love the idea of bringing Lovie Smith to his home state of Texas; last week, we suggested that he’d be a good choice to be the franchise’s next head coach. Maybe the next best thing would be to put him in charge of the team’s defense.