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Cowboys Rookie Micah Parson Reveals Major Change to Dallas Defense

Adam Taylor McKillop
Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons has revealed a major change to the team's defensive scheme.
Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons has revealed a major change to the team's defensive scheme. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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It's common for NFL rookies, especially first-round draft picks, to go on media tours following the NFL Draft. Dallas Cowboys rookie Micah Parsons kicked off his own intro media tour this week and revealed a bit of major news.

During a recent interview with the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, Parsons let it slip that the Cowboys will be employing a whole new defensive scheme this upcoming season. It's a major change as Dallas will switch over to a 3-4 base with three down linemen and four linebackers.

Cowboys Defensive Scheme Change

Dallas is in the midst of some other major changes to its entire defense. The Cowboys hired Dan Quinn as the new defensive coordinator in addition to drafting eight players on that side of the ball during the 2021 NFL Draft. This included the team's first six picks.

The change to this defensive scheme comes as a bit of a surprise considering Quinn primarily operated with a 4-3 scheme in his two previous stops.

Dallas trotted out a bottom-10 defense in 2020, giving up 386.4 yards per game.

Parsons promises to be a solid addition to the linebacker corps. He didn't play in 2020 to focus on training for the NFL Draft but is still tied for seventh all-time at Penn State with 6 forced fumbles.

As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Cowboys +1300 odds to win the NFC next season.


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