DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys COO and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones Joined the K&C Masterpiece on Friday to discuss the team's draft position, including their depth at the linebacker position, and the scheme that new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan could implement next season.
"That would be news for me in terms of a heightened need for the linebacking position," Jones said when asked about addressing the group in the draft. "I think at the end of the day, what I've been fired up about with coach McCarthy and then what he's doing with our defensive staff and Mike Nolan is just what you just said. You want to have flexibility, you want to have great players, you want to be able to scheme against the offenses you're going to play around, and I think a perfect example of that, and people who have had a tremendous amount of success with that is Coach Belichick up in New England and how they scheme, and how they use different fronts and different schemes in order to have success on the defensive side of the ball."
The Patriots are known for using widely versatile multiple schemes on the defensive side of the ball, and in order for the Cowboys to implement a similar system, as they are clearly aiming to do, adding a standup edge type of player to the roster would be a necessity.
That said, the Cowboys are also awaiting the reinstatement status of edge rushers Randy Gregory and Aldon Smith, the latter of which was just recently signed to a one-year deal as a reclamation project of sorts.
Both Gregory and Smith seemingly have the athleticism and talent to play a stand-up edge-rushing kind of role in Nolan's system, and Stephen Jones believes they can do just that.