It wasn’t difficult to predict the defensive scheme the Dallas Cowboys would deploy at any given moment in 2019, or recent seasons prior, but that’s set to change in 2020 and beyond. Well, that’s actually putting it nicely, because the level of defensive conservatism routinely had all the excitement of a BINGO game at an assisted living facility, and without the free ice cream. As 2020 training camp rolls along in North Texas, however, the sheer quantity of excited comments from players as they adapt to a more creative and less predictable system in Year 1 under head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is enough to drive home the primary point of coming change, as if the impressive offseason haul hadn’t already.

The Cowboys now find themselves with a front that boasts the likes of DeMarcus Lawrence, Dontari Poe, Everson Griffen and Aldon Smith. That’s a total of nine Pro Bowl nods and four All-Pro awards, on a line that also boasts depth pieces like Tyrone Crawford, Antwaun Woods and rookies Neville Gallimore and Bradlee Anae — among others like former second-round pick Trysten Hill.

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