All Your 4-3 Base Belong To Us!


The Dallas Cowboys have always been a 4-3. It belongs to us.

We Invented it.

It is as much a part of us as you and me. Before good ol' Bill came in and took a swipe at destroying a legacy we had a pretty good defense under Mike Zimmer, a 4-3 defense at the time.

Coincidentally, those Giants that Big Bill will be forever linked to, have just won their 2nd World Championship in 4 years and guess what base defense they run...? A 4-3 defense. They did it with excellent pressure up front.

Now there has been talk of the Cowboys migrating back to a 4-3 scheme as a base defense.

In my opinion it is long overdue.

Maybe it is because DeMarcus Ware can dominate as a DE or OLB? Maybe because it seems harder an harder to find quality 3-4 scheme players, because the number of NFL teams who run a 3-4 are expanding, and thus, vying for services of FA's and prospects to a greater degree. When the Cowboys made the switch to a 3-4 there were a handful of teams exclusively running it. Maybe it is because Jay Ratliff would be a dominant 4-3 DT, with Lissemore, Hatcher and Spears manning the other DT position internally...Maybe its because Anthony Spencer is actually a 4-3 DE...?

Whatever the case may be, it is time to move back to our heritage.

I would highly consider drafting Luke Kuechly with the 14th pick. Signing a CB such as Terrell Thomas and drafting a CB in the 3rd round such as Casey Hayward. If we could go into the Season with Kuechly/Lee/Carter as our LB core, we would, in my opinion have top 5 LB core for a 7-8 years.

If we inserted Ware in our DL we could have a top 5 DL in the NFL. Ware/Hatcher/Ratliff/Spencer. With Lissemore and Spears to rotate at DT. Two Pro Bowl players would head that unit. In this scenario I could see Spencer staying.


There is an image of Glamour with the 3-4. For whatever reason it has not stuck here. We have never had the true personnel to run it effectively. It has always looked like a square peg fit into a round hole.

Some think we are getting close to a true 3-4 Front 7, minus a DT and OLB. I can understand the thinking.But in a 4-3, I honestly believe we have less holes to fill, and will produce more effectively than years past.

Obviously Rex Ryan loves to change fronts throughout a game. But the 4-3 is who we are, and I think it really is who we should be.

All of this depends if you can get the LB's, and there should be a quality one sitting there when we pick at #14.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.