In 2012, the Cowboys acquired cornerback Brandon Carr in free agency and Morris Claiborne via the draft so they have corners who can play man coverage.
However, in the offseason, they gutted their 3-4 defense run by Rob Ryan and went out and hired Cover 2 guru Monte Kiffin as their defensive coordinator.
Carr and Claiborne are not a good fit for the Cover 2 scheme, which will be Dallas’ main coverage. Safety was the Achilles heel of the secondary last season.
Free-agent Will Allen is scheduled to start opposite Barry Church, a question mark the team needs to find out if he is the answer.
The Cowboys used a third-round pick on J.J. Wilcox who needs time to develop. Relying on him to read defenses as a rookie could be too much to ask. According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, the Cowboys secondary may be ill suited to handle the zone scheme.
"Kiffin supposedly will incorporate more man coverage into his play calls, but Carr and Claiborne are not ideal players for Cover 2, which will be Dallas’ base coverage."
"The Cowboys used a third-round pick on J.J. Wilcox, but (Will) Allen is not starting material and Wilcox is extremely raw,”
"Wilcox has a ton of ability and should be an immediate standout on special teams, but trusting him to read quarterbacks and route combinations as a rookie could be a disaster.”