Monte Kiffin will be changing the Cowboys defense, and to illustrate his point, he says just watch the Seahawks. Kiffin told cornerback Brandon Carr and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher to study the Seattle defense to get an idea of what they will be doing.
In cover 2, the cornerbacks are considered to be "hard" corners, meaning that they have increased run stopping responsibilities and generally defend against shorter passes, although if two receivers run a deep route on a certain side of the field, that side's corner has deep coverage responsibility as well.
The "Mike" (Middle) linebacker's ability to quickly drop deep downfield into pass coverage when he reads a pass and defend down the deep middle of the field. Kiffin wants his players to be familiar with the style of zone defense, because they will be running it come training camp.
“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.’ That’s some homework for me to do for the next couple of weeks,” Carr said, via Jon Machota of dallasnews.com.