So why did the Cowboys dump the 3-4 defense coordinated by Rob Ryan and adopt in its place a 4-3 scheme featuring multiple former Jon Gruden assistants?
Garrett says the turnover comes from a lack of turnovers.
“The Bears had 44 takeaways,” Garrett said this week at the Senior Bowl, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We had 16. That’s 28 more opportunities with the ball. Give me some of those 28 opportunities. That’s something that we really sat back and thought a lot about, had a lot of discussions about — what’s the best way to try to achieve that, and then, ‘OK, you want to do that, now who are the guys who can help implement that?’”
So with Monte Kiffin running the defense and Rod Marinelli coaching the defensive line, the goal will be to force more fumbles and interceptions.
And if they don’t, maybe the various members of Jon Gruden’s former staffs will once again be answering to Gruden himself.