Jason Hatcher is confident that he’ll make a big impact on the Dallas Cowboys’ defense in 2012, he’s just not sure where.
A defensive end in the Cowboys’ old 3-4 alignment, Hatcher told “The Ben & Skin Show” on 103.3-FM ESPN Radio last Friday that he had spoken to new coordinator Monte Kiffin, but still wasn’t sure whether he’ll play defensive end or defensive tackle in Kiffin’s 4-3 defense.
“He still doesn’t know where I’m going to play yet,” Hatcher said, 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.”
Inside linebacker Sean Lee said a couple weeks ago that the shift in defensive alignment wasn’t as dramatic of a change as many people might guess, and here, Hatcher agrees.
“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.
“I’m excited about this defense, so we’ll see where it takes us.”
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