Even though Dan Quinn is more than willing to take the pressure off head coach Mike McCarthy, he won’t stop applying pressure to opposing offenses. The Dallas Cowboys continue to adapt to a philosophy, finding a role for young players and aging vets. Some with bigger names than others.

Even going so far as to team up with linebackers coach George Edwards to recruit and subsequently and get Anthony Barr to sign. The addition of the 4-time Pro Bowl linebacker is a signifier of what has been hinted, but it now blatantly obvious: the defense will portray multiple players, playing multiple positions with multiple roles.

Money and health were concerns for what took so long to bring in Barr, but not what he brings to the defense. Quinn has made it evident that he is looking for players to fit this bill.

“Scheme-wise everybody has enough defensive flexibility to last for a while. It’s about how to put guys in the best spots and also having guys who can play significant roles of doing certain things really, really well.”

The concept of deepening the LB room, allows the defense to use Micah Parsons, Barr and even Jayron Kearse as more than just inside box defenders. Both Barr and Parsons are expected to be featured in the second level. Occasionally lining up on the edges to rush the passer or even just to bait the offense and play coverage.

Kearse is able to play in the box, inside as a LB or at/near the line of scrimmage. With Kearse playing closer to the trenches, it allows players like Anthony Brown, Markquese Bell, or even DaRon Bland to not have to stick to one spot in the secondary.

Bell will likely play somewhere between the Kearse and Donovan Wilson roles; Brown at inside and outside corner; DaRon Bland to play all across the secondary. As he did coming out of Fresno State, leaving no shortage of position-flexible players.

The same goes for the defensive line. With Parsons rotating at edge, look for many of the edge rushers to play inside. Chauncey Golston is the obvious name. Having played at both edge spots, as well as 3-technique. Even Bulking up 20 pounds this off-season to better play across the line.

Same should go for DeMarcus Lawrence and rookie Sam Williams. Both have played inside in pass rush situations, creating a better blitzing attack from the inside out.

These are all the biggest examples of how the defense will rotate across all three levels. Quinn has spoken on the importance of position flexibility and the Dallas Cowboys are making it clear. Even though the defense will have their main players, a number will come in on different spots.

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