From the moment the Cowboys opted to install a 4-3, Cover 2-style defense, we began beating the drum (or, as the case may be, the dead horse) for the team to sign middle linebacker Brian Urlacher. Apart from his lingering physical skills, his leadership and knowledge of the system would have dramatically assisted with the transition.
But just like 2009, when the Cowboys perplexingly passed on adding Ray Lewis, they never batted an eyelash at Urlacher. And he recently has said that he wishes they had.
“If I could have picked a spot, it would have been Dallas,“ Urlacher said, via the Dallas Morning News. “[The Cowboys] run our defense. They took our [defensive] coordinator. That would have been ideal. But they have two really good young linebackers.”
Still, their young linebackers have no NFL experience in the 4-3 system. Urlacher does, and he would have been a perfect option as the Cowboys make the change.