Monte Kiffin confirms the Cowboys are switching to a 4-3

During this week’s Senior Bowl, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin confirmed that he’s done interviewing and putting together his defensive staff and that they will be running a 4-3 base defense next season.

Without going through all the names, Kiffin confirmed Tuesday at the Senior Bowl that the changes are complete. Linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, secondary coach Jerome Henderson and assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett are set to return, along with the addition of defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.

“They’re darn good coaches,” Kiffin said. “I interviewed every one of them. Of course, I didn’t make the final decisions.”

Kiffin said the Cowboys will make the switch to the 4-3, but that he doesn’t know yet what players will fit what roles. He said he and his staff have not had time to sit down and talk about all of that yet.

“We’re going to run the 4-3, but we have to see the personnel and see how it fits,” he said. “You don’t want to rush in. We’ve not even had time to meet. The main thing is to hire good coaches.”

As the Cowboys transition to a 4-3 defense, the biggest questions is how will Justin Hatcher and Demarcus Ware will transition.


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