This post is not going exactly where I anticipated when I first started thinking it through. At first, I thought that perhaps one of the corners, most likely Mo Pick 6 or maybe Anthony Spencer. After all Monte Kiffin's defensive schemes are conducive to interceptions and the move to defensive end will allow Almost Anthony to focus primarily on getting to the QB, which he proved he could do quite well last season. Don't get me wrong, I think these guys will shine in the Dallas 2. It's just that I think there are two other individuals who are going to find the transition more beneficial. What you might not expect is that neither one of these guys will buckle up a chin strap this season.
The two Dallas Cowboys I suspect that will benefit the most this season are linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and defensive secondary coach Jerome Henderson. A year ago there was some speculation that, after a successful season in Dallas, Rob Ryan would be named head coach somewhere in the league and that he might take one of these gentlemen with him to run his defense; the other would likely be a front runner for the coordinator slot in Dallas. It was not to be, and Jerry Jones and Company brought in Monte Kiffen to restructure the Cowboys defense. They then in turn scored a coup in hiring Kiffin's right hand man Rod Marinelli, recently the defensive coordinator for Lovie Smith in Chicago. Although neither Eberflus nor Henderson was selected for the coordinator job in Dallas, this should not be construed as an indictment of either man's potential, rather I look at this as a developmental opportunity for both.
Both men will have a chance to learn a different defensive philosophy in the so called Dallas 2 scheme, and will learn from exposure to a different style of teaching/coaching. This will allow both Coach Eberflus and Coach Henderson to broaden their own professional horizons. Having coached in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes will certainly look good on their future resumes. Both guys will benefit from the experience of Coaches Kiffen and Marinelli, who have both experienced success as defensive coordinators in the NFL, and in all likelihood their careers will be more successful for the experience. Also experience in different schemes will allow them more flexibility with whatever type of talent they move on to coach. For all involved there seems to be something that was "won" in this staff change.
Although I hate to see the talent ever leave Dallas, I suspect that in very short order we are going to see someone move on to become a new defensive coordinator. Of course, we wish them success, but not too much. My belief is that they will look back on their time in Dallas as the springboard that launched them into the upper ranks of NFL coaches.