Jason Hatcher started 16 games in 2012 as a defensive end in the Cowboys’ now-defunct 3-4 defense. With the team switching to a 4-3, Hatcher doesn’t know where he will fit, yet.
“[Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin] still doesn’t know where I’m going to play yet,” Hatcher told KESN-FM on Friday, via the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know if I’m going to be the Warren Sapp in his 4-3 defense or not. He does have high hopes for me. I’m going to be a big part of this defense, so I’m excited about this role I’ll have in this upcoming season. I’m going to embrace it and be the best I can be.”
Hatcher doesn’t believe the transition will be difficult, regardless of his specific position.
“It’s just some different technique stuff that we got to work out, get our footwork back, get used to getting off the ball, getting up-field, instead of reading somebody,” Hatcher said. “We can attack more now, so it won’t be much different. I’m looking forward to it. That’s the way I played in college, just get up field and attack people. I think that’s something I’ll benefit well from.”
Hatcher said he was was “shocked” by the decision to fire Rob Ryan, but Hatcher regards Kiffin as an “NFL legend.”
The Cowboys are still trying to perform like some legendary editions of the team. Having some legendary coaching figures can’t hurt.