As the Dallas Cowboys transitioned from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defense, one of their more curious decisions was moving Kyle Wilber, who was an outside linebacker in the 3-4, to defensive end in the 4-3.
Two things made the move curious. First, Wilber was on the south side of 250 pounds. Second, the Cowboys knew as little about whether Wilber was a good fit for the 3-4 as they did about whether he was a good fit for the 4-3, since he didn’t play at all last year.
The Cowboys chose to develop Wilber instead of going after more experienced defensive ends on the free-agent market. The team probably didn’t expect Wilber to have to play much as the backup to DeMarcus Ware. But a quad strain changed that Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. Ware missed most of the game.
Wilber played his first significant stretch of football as a “starter,” and his game-changing play in the fourth quarter may have, at least for one night, validated the Cowboys’ faith in him.
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