Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t mince words this week when, in an appearance on his bi-weekly show on 105.3-FM The Fan, he was asked if the team would consider moving back to the 3-4 defense.
“No,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News.
In their first season under Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 system, the Cowboys posted their worst defensive season in franchise history and one of the worst in league history. But Jones doesn’t blame the system for the historically bad defensive effort. Rather, he blames widespread injuries on that side of the ball.
“It’s an excuse, but for you not to look over there on your defense and see how your injuries impacted this team this year is not being realistic,” Jones said. “I think that when we line up for our OTAs, our work that we have in the spring, all those players that weren’t on the field for us as we went through the fall, we’re a better team right there. I expect us to be a better team because of being more familiar with what we’re doing defensively.”
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