Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) defends against New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Mailbag: Will Dallas be a Top 10 Defense in 2013?

Mailbag: Dallas Cowboys

Q: I think with the talent on the defense they (the Cowboys) should be top 10 in the league

I’m not so sure I agree with you. Installing a new defense is no small task. I think new Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin and his staff are excellent teachers and will adequately prepare the team for the 2013 season, but contrary to popular belief, Kiffins defense is not easy. Early in the offseason I studied Kiffin’s schemes extensively and even briefly wrote about them on thelandryhat.com (excellent site by the way). Since then I’ve learned enough more about Kiffin and his defense I plan to recap and expand in the next couple weeks.

Look, the Cowboys have MAJOR question marks on defense that could make or break this team in 2013. How well the D-line plays and who do they have at Safety are my biggest concerns. I think the Cowboys will improve automatically if they can just stay healthy. But that may be wishful thinking considering how injury-prone some players are. Natural progression will allow Morris Claiborne to improve but the new demands he’ll face are no easy task. This team may just not be ready to compete in 2013. No one wants to hear it but it’s looking pretty apparent.

Let’s reserve final judgment and see how training camp goes first. I have a feeling we’ll have a good idea what kind of team this is by week 1 of the season.

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