Jason Garrett admits he wasn’t always so sure Kyle Wilber would be able to make the transition from 3-4 linebacker--the position he was drafted for--to 4-3 defensive end. But after watching Wilber in his biggest test to date thus far--stepping in for the injured DeMarcus Ware on Sunday against the Redskins--Garrett is feeling more encouraged.
“We’ve talked about this before with Kyle. We drafted him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, and he’s one of those young guys who we had some question about his ability to transition into a 4-3 defense,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’s been a guy who has been taking a little bit of time to do that, but I think he’s learning. He’s learning from watching DeMarcus Ware and some of the other guys who are playing ahead of him. And certainly in that environment with Rod and Leon, it’s a good place to learn, and he’s the right kind of guy, and he’s gotten better.”
On Sunday, Wilber recorded three tackles, a tackle for a loss, a sack and the strip-sack/fumble recovery on Robert Griffin III. Watching the film, Garrett and the staff believe Wilber was actually getting better as the game progressed.
“One of the positive things that we felt like, as a staff, was that he was learning during the game,” Garrett said. “We thought his rushes got better during the game. He did a little better job of getting on the edge, certainly on that sack-fumble that he made.”
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