The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the best defensive units in football for a few years now, and that continued in 2012 when they were seconds away from playing in the NFC Championship Game against a 49ers team they'd demolished just weeks earlier.
The Seahawks have a freakish secondary with big guys who are big playmakers and a more than adequate front seven.
But new Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin thinks his unit will be a close representation of what the Seahawks do as they shift to a 4-3 defense under the 72-year-old coordinator.
Kiffin has told both defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and cornerback Brandon Carr to brush up on their Seahawks film to see what they will be doing next year, the pair told 105.3 The Fan.
“I kind of asked him what our philosophy and what the look of our defense was going to be, and as a prime example he said, ‘Go see Seattle film and you’ll probably learn a lot from those guys and just watch how they move on the field,’" Carr told The Fan. "That’s some homework for me to do for the next couple of weeks.”
The Seahawks finished fourth in total defense and first in scoring defense last season, keeping opponents to 306.2 yards and 15.3 points per game. The Cowboys allowed nearly 50 more yards and 10 more points per game.
The Cowboys' strenghs on defense are probably their cornerbacks and linebackers, but they don't have safeties like the Seahawks. They also don't have 70,000 fans screaming constantly until their voices are gone, which, believe it or not, does help a defense at home.