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Derrick Brooks: Lee, Ware Will Be Crucial To Success Under Kiffin

Brooks played 14 seasons under Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay

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Derrick Brooks: Lee, Ware Will Be Crucial To Success Under Kiffin

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If anyone knows the keys to perfecting new Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense, it’s former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, who played 14 seasons with Kiffin, winning a Super Bowl back in 2003.

According to Brooks, the success of the Kiffin-led Cowboys’ defense will be DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee.

"That's one of the key things I'm interested in hearing Monte speak about, see exactly where he sees this kid playing if he plays the middle linebacker," Brooks said of Lee, per ESPN Dallas. "That's different from what I did. I'm the one playing the chess match with the quarterback that was our dynamic in Tampa. Sean Lee may be that for Dallas and be responsible (for calling the signals)."

While Lee will play a more traditional middle linebacker position under Kiffin, Ware will move from outside linebacker to defensive end.

"It has to start with the best player and that’s DeMarcus Ware," Brooks said. "Can he put his hand in the ground and play right end? I think he can. [Former Bucs’ defensiev end] Simeon Rice is very similar size-wise and they both made an impact on rushing the quarterback. Simeon is one of the best pass rushers I played with in the league. I think Ware can do it athletically."

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