Dallas Cowboys: Top 25 Worst Moments in 3-4 Defensive Scheme

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Dallas Cowboys: Top 25 Worst Moments in 3-4 Defensive Scheme
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And, finally, it comes to an end.

After eight years of carnage and mayhem and close to a decade of humiliation and letdowns, the 3-4 defense finally leaves Valley Ranch.

After an exciting start on September 11, 2005, this scheme never really came together for the Cowboys—and that’s putting it quite mildly.

The Dallas Cowboys are founded by names like Bob Lilly, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Harvey Martin, Randy White, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson and Deion Sanders. The legacy of defensive excellence and championship results is quite extensive.

But, in the end, the scheme was so bad for Dallas that it easily marks the worst defensive stretch in the history of the franchise.

This eight-year stretch of football was so incredibly bad that it deserves a name all of its own, kind of like “dark ages” when talking history. It was so bad that it should have a catchy recognition like some new  super-virus that melts away Sunday afternoons before attacking your internal organs.

For this presentation, DC-34 will refer to the entire 3-4 era in Dallas. I know it sounds more like a classic aircraft but, trust me, nothing was flying during DC-34—especially nothing wearing a blue star.

DC-34 might forever mark the worst stretch of Dallas defense ever.

So prior to looking forward to the return of the classic 43 approach on defense, let’s take one final look back at DC-34—and then forget about it forever.  

The following slides are not for the faint of heart.

 Viewer discretion is advised.   

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