So I keep reading about all these different things the Cowboys are doing with their defense during the OTA’s. If one thing is certain it’s that Wade Phillips knows defense. I made comments to people late last season that the defense was playing different when Wade took control from Brian Stewart. They seemed to be moving around more and attacking more.
Today I’m reading things like DeMarcus Ware lining up on the left side along side new starter Anthony Spencer. Ware also lined up as what looked like a defensive end in a 4-3 defense.
Bradie James also lined up as a defensive end attacking from the outside.
Gerald Sensabaugh lurking at the line of scrimmage to maybe blitz or maybe to pick up the tight end or running back.
Everyone attacking from all over the field. I also have a very good feeling about the Dallas secondary this season. If they can play more man-to-man defense and play it well then that will allow the defensive front to continue to attack. They might even have a chance to break last seasons sack total of 59.
“We have guys just attacking,” James said, somewhat satisfied with the aggressive nature of this defense. “This is how a 3-4 is supposed to be. I don’t know that you can call this a 3-4 after all this.
“It’s a multiple defense.”
“You want to be aggressive and not stand around,” James said of some of the more unusual formations being used on the nickel and dime. “We’re doing a lot of different things, different schemes.”
“We never would do that last year,” James said of all the movement the defense was showing. “(Phillips) was still learning the personnel. We can do different things with Bobby (Carpenter) and Spencer and D. Ware.”
I think the defense will be faster this season with the additions of Gerald Sensabaugh, Michael Hamlin, Mike Mickens and DeAngelo Smith. As well as Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick taking over for Anthony Henry and Anthony Spencer taking over for Greg Ellis
“Things we ran today are fairly complicated and we didn’t make many mistakes today,” said Phillips, who did suggest the possibility of playing more man coverage this year. “Play a little more man and maybe more blitz stuff.
“We’re a pretty good pressure team with all the movement we have.”
On a negative note for the defense. One of the schemes the Cowboys ran during practice while defenders were blitzing and mixing up coverages, there was DeMarcus Ware running 30 yards up the middle of the field chasing who? Felix Jones, and guess who won that contest? Ware needs to move around and do what he does best, rush the QB.
Yes, I’m excited in June to read all of these things about the Cowboys defense. I can’t wait to see this all in action. Attacking week in and week out. Pressure, Pressure, Pressure for 60 minutes. Could this be the newest version of the Doomsday Defense? Let’s hope so.