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Dallas Cowboys News: Breaking Down DeMarcus Ware's Switch To Defensive End In Monte Kiffin's 4-3

on January 24 2013 11:46 AM
Dallas Cowboys News: Breaking Down DeMarcus Ware's Switch To Defensive End In Monte Kiffin's 4-3

Switching DeMarcus Ware to defensive end will be the easiest part of Monte Kiffin's attempt to transition the Dallas Cowboys' 3-4 personnel to a 4-3 defense.

Kiffin's 4-3 'under' front will use Ware in a similar way to how he has played most of his career. He will still act as the focal point of the Cowboys' pass rush, by providing pressure from the edge. He will still be aligned wide and on the openside of the formation, away from a tight end. If anything, Ware could have even more pass-rush opportunities playing for Kiffin, than he did operating in a 3-4. That has to be scary thought for the Cowboys' opponents in 2013.

Taking a closer at the switch, a useful comparison is how Ware played under Wade Phillips from 2007-10. When Phillips took over, he altered the 3-4 scheme of previous head coach, Bill Parcells. Under Parcells, the Cowboys operated a traditional, 2-gap 3-4 front. While Ware was still the scheme's main pass-rusher, Parcells' system demanded more coverage responsibilities and extra reads on the outside.

Philadelphia Eagles News: Could The Eagles Trade Up To Land Geno Smith?

on January 23 2013 1:42 PM
Philadelphia Eagles News: Could The Eagles Trade Up To Land Geno Smith?
An end to a very successful era The Philadelphia Eagles have made the change. The cornerstone of the franchise for years, Andy Reid, was relieved of his duties as head coach after one failure too many. Chip Kelly, the innovative former Oregon head coach, responsible for one of the most high-octane offenses in the history of college football, has been given the task of turning this football team into contenders again. To say he has his work cut out would be an understatement. This season was one of the most disappointing in recent memory for the Eagles. With stars covering their roster and the fans demanding the playoffs, the pressure was on from the outset. Things started well enough, the Eagles had a 3-2 record after 5 weeks. They were demonstrating the high-powered offense most expected at the start of the season. Even without the presence of Left Tackle Jason Peters, who was ruled out for the season with an achilies injury, they were still producing solid performances. Victories over the Superbowl-bound Baltimore Ravens and current Champions The New York Giants stood out, and would eventually be the season highlight. Then, the wheels came off.

Dallas Cowboys News: What The Cowboys' Defense Will Look Like Under New Coordinator Monte Kiffin

on January 11 2013 3:55 PM
Dallas Cowboys News: What The Cowboys' Defense Will Look Like Under New Coordinator Monte Kiffin

The Dallas Cowboys could be switching defensive schemes after hiring Monte Kiffin to replace Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator. NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal confirmed Kiffin's appointment and expects a switch to a 4-3 defense. That presents some challenges to the existing 3-4 personnel.

When examining how Kiffin's defense might look in Dallas, it is important to start with the 'under' front. Kiffin ran that system with the Minnesota Vikings and later used it to dominate the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is a 4-3 look, with some 3-4 crossover.

The four defensive linemen are shifted to the open side of an offense, away from a tight end. The weak-side end aligns just outside the left offensive tackle and is the scheme's primary pass-rusher.

Philadelphia Eagles Looking To Rebuild

on January 10 2013 10:22 AM
Philadelphia Eagles Looking To Rebuild

Philadelphia, Pa—The Philadelphia Eagles didn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations that were bestowed upon them entering the 2012 season. The 2011 campaign was a bit of a precursor of things to come after back-up quarterback Vince Young coined the Eagles as the “Dream Team”. The 2011 squad finished 8-8, and team owner Jeffery Lurie made it clear that another season at .500 or lower would most likely not be good enough for Andy Reid to keep his job.

Heading into camp over the past summer, the feeling in the air was that this could be a career-defining year for both Reid and Michael Vick. Vick was coming off a season that wasn’t quite expected of someone just given a $100 million contract extension. But, as training camp was getting underway Andy Reid’s son Garrett was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh where camp was being held. Garrett’s passing was just one of the many heartaches that Reid would experience as 2012 came to a close.

Washington Redskins News: What RGIII's Injury Means to the Washington Redskins

on January 09 2013 8:30 PM
Washington Redskins News: What RGIII's Injury Means to the Washington Redskins

In an unfortunate development on Wednesday, the Washington Redskins announced that rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III would be sidelined due to surgery on his LCL and ACL. After a superb debut season, Griffin's knee finally gave out in a playoff loss to Seattle when he dove after a bad snap and twisted his leg awkwardly.

Dr. James Andrews, who completed RGIII's surgery successfuly, estimated that the 22-year old quarterback could be ready in time for the regular season opener in 2013. Whether or not Griffin is ready to play should be immaterial in the eyes of Washington's front office; at issue is the fact that the freakishly athletic signal-caller has a serious injury history and his long-term viability is in question.

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