I read the Cowboys Myth article and I hate to be rude, but it's ridiculous. Therefore, I will explain what is wrong with this post.
Please forgive me but I initially was writing this as a reply but stopped in the middle and decided that I wanted more of our fellow Dallas fans to read my rebuttal. Therefore, I am cutting and pasting it here:
And I will address each of your points...First, the fact that we play a small NT is indeed hurting our defense because over the course of a season Ratliff wears down. Also, you are not pointing out the effect of moving Ratliff to DE in the 3-4, if we had that prototypical NT in where he plays right now. If Ratliff was lining up next to Spencer, maybe so many dallas fans wouldn't hate Spencer also. Also, If we had played San Fran at the end of the year instead of the beginning, we'd got pounded in the middle by Gore, believe it!!
Next, It's far easier to draft to for the 4-3 than the 3-4. Almost every OLB on your chart played DE in a 4-3 in college. We have watched the Giants use an awesome pass rush to win 2 superbowls. (I don't care what Parcells says; many coaches will give coach-speak to support what they specialize in & Parcells has always been a 3-4 guy, even when he was an assistant; of course he's going to say it's easier to draft for that. I will remind you that Parcells once drafted Julius Jones and used Marion Barber as the 3rd down back when it was obvious that their roles should have been reversed...& he actually drafted Julius Jones instead of Steven Jackson whom wanted to be a cowboy. He drafted Jones because he likes Notre Dame players...nuff said...since when has Notre Dame been relevant enough to draft players based on their program.) How many Dontari Poes was in the last draft. Him and Alameda Taamu-that's all-PERIOD. The rest of the d-linemen were all suited to play DT in a 4-3 or DE in a 4-3. Unless they played at Bama, they was in a 4-3. The young fast linebackers that we have, have 4-3 written all over them. 3-4 Inside linebackers need more size than speed (Lavon Kirkland, Harry Carson-Carson was DE in college --I know because I went to the same school-SC State) Who was the bigger linebackers in the draft to play inside? And I already pointed out that 3-4 true nt are hard to find.
The fact that you don't want to embrace that we should use the 90's blueprint is almost blasphemous. No, check that, it is!!! And the saddest part of it is that the Giants look a lot like the 90's cowboys. Eli is a poor man's Aikman (can be a good passer but manages the game and makes big plays as needed). Ahmad Bradshaw is a poor man's Emmitt Smith (short strong runner with some wiggle at the second level good at everything but not considered to be the best in the league at anything. Also, a powerful pass rushing d-line with depth to rotate to stay fresh and keep the pressure on the opposing qb(go back and watch how we rotated d-linemen against Buffalo in the Super Bowl and watch how the Giants did the same to Brady especially in their first win over the pats. Hakeem Nicks poor man's Irvin. They do have Cruz (didnt for the 1st SB) they don't even have a Harper or Novacek and they still won 2 Super Bowls. I am not saying all this to brag on the Giants but to point out how easily the blueprint works. They are winning using our 90's blueprint but our fans have the audacity not to see that. Coughlin runs a very similar philosophy to Jimmy's style. Simple offense and defenses: Strong running games, Vertical passing game,strong pass rush with depth, it' obvious, it's almost a copycat of our 90's team but not nearly as good. And yet, they winning super bowls with a poor version of us and we aren't smart enough to be who we really are. It's sad.
Part of the reason I believe) that we haven't followed the script of the 90's is because we are too stubborned to admit Jimmy Johnson's way worked. But to actually post that it's easier to draft for a 3-4 when most colleges run a 4-3 is crazy. BTW, Bill Belichick switched to the 4-3 this past year due to the lockout because it was easier to install and run on short notice. And one more time, I invite anyone to look up all the OLB in 3-4's in the NFL's college position. You'll find out that almost all of them was 4-3 DE in college....You can start with D-Ware & Terrell Suggs.