Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee acknowledges that there will be some inevitable growing pains as the team switches from the 3-4 to the 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, but he’s not all that worried about the move, which will see him move to middle linebacker.
“I don’t think it’s as big a move as people think,” Lee said, per ESPN Dallas. “We’ve played 4-3 in different situations, even with Coach Phillips and the way the defensive line lined up. There were aspects of the 4-3 there. Now there’s obviously going to be a learning curve and it’s going to be tough and it’s going to take some work, but I think we have the guys that are athletic enough and versatile enough to be able to transition to this 4-3.”
Kiffin will be the fourth defensive coordinator under which Lee has played in his first four seasons--in his rookie year, it was Wade Phillips and, after his firing, Paul Pasqualoni. Pasqualoni was let go at season’s end, at which time Rob Ryan came to town. But while he has nothing but good things to say about Ryan, Lee is ready to get to work under Kiffin.
“I owe so much to Rob because he made be a better football player,” Lee said. “I learned so much from him about all aspects of football, but it’s one of those deals that the Cowboys wanted to move in a different direction defensively and wanted to move from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and we brought in a great guy in Coach Kiffin to learn from.”
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