Cowboys need to explain change

Reasoning behind switch in defensive philosophy could determine franchise path

Updated: January 18, 2013, 8:01 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- We have to find out why the Dallas Cowboys switched from the 3-4 defense to the 4-3 defense.

The sooner, the better.

Once the answer is revealed, we'll know if a sliver of hope remains for the NFL's most dysfunctional franchise or whether this franchise is doomed to be mired in the muck of mediocrity forever.

And it's a bigger question than just whether Jerry Jones or Jason Garrett made the decision.

Did the Cowboys switch to the 4-3 defense, ...

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