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Monte Kiffin to Dallas Cowboys' D: Study Seahawks

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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New Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin gave players wondering how their new 4-3 defensive scheme will look in 2013 a clue: Study the Seattle Seahawks.

"I kind of asked him what our philosophy and what the look of our defense was going to be, and as a prime example he said, 'Go see Seattle film and you'll probably learn a lot from those guys and just watch how they move on the field,'" cornerback Brandon Carr said Tuesday on KRLD-FM, via The Dallas Morning News. "That's some homework for me to do for the next couple of weeks."

Jason Hatcher, who likely will move from defensive end to tackle in the new scheme, was given a similar suggestion, he told the radio station Monday.

There is no question Kiffin picked out one of the premiere defenses to emulate. The Seahawks' aggressive style -- especially in the secondary -- is something every team should be studying this offseason.

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The Cowboys have two cornerbacks who can play that aggressive style in Carr and Morris Claiborne. One big question will be how stout the new Cowboys' linebacking corps will be -- an often overlooked strength of the Seahawks. With big-name linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer (if he is re-signed) likely moving to defensive end, there will be some holes to fill.

Imitating the Seahawks' defense is a good starting point; if the Cowboys will have the talent in place by Week 1 to pull off anything close to the NFL's leading scoring defense in 2012 remains to be seen.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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