May 10, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin directs a drill with defensive end Jerome Long (92) during the rookie minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Irving, TX. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys start OTAs

Tomorrow marks a new era for the new-look Dallas Cowboys.

Tuesday is the first day of Organized Team Activities. Although it is not a contact practice or full drills, this week will allow the Cowboys to implement a lot of the new schemes they will use this season.

The festivities will kick off at 11 a.m. for Da ‘Boys, and they have a lot to look at.

We all know Tony Romo has a lot of added pressure on him this season, but the most popular talking point of the OTAs will be Monte Kiffin.

The new Cowboys’ defensive coordinator will switch the Cowboys from the 3-4 format back into a 4-3.

Kiffin, 73, will also have a safety battle on his hands during the offseason. Will Allen, Barry Church, Matt Johnson and rookies Jakar Hamilton and JJ Wilcox will compete for the spots.

The Cowboys haven’t used a 4-3 scheme since before Mike Zimmer, and have the personnel used to a 3-4. It will be interesting to see Kiffin try and transition these athletes and fit them into the right scenarios.

Dallas will also likely use a two-TE set on offense. The set has been popular around the NFL of late, and has had a lot of success in the running game while adding mismatches in the passing game with the TE athleticism around the league.

Look for Dallas to try this set over the next few days, and look for media around the are to harp on that as well.

Here is your schedule for OTAs:
May 21-23 OTAs
May 28-30 OTAs
June 3-6 OTAs
June 11-13 Minicamp

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