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How linebacker Anthony Burr fits into Cowboys' defensive plan

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To David Hermann
FOX SPORTS Dallas Cowboys Writer

Oxnard, Calif. — It has to feel weird going from ‘The Guy’ to ‘The New Guy’.

In a world as fast-changing as the NFL, Anthony Barr has only ever played for the team that drafted him. A four-time professional bowler in Minnesota, he spent eight years with the Vikings, signing three different contracts to stay in purple and gold.

So replacing purple with navy blue might seem strange, but Barr is adapting as quickly as possible.

“Everyone was so welcoming,” Burr said. “The staff have been great. Obviously the fans are second to none. I’m happy to be here and win my part.”

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Determining that role is the main topic of conversation. Burr played a lot as an off-ball linebacker during his eight seasons with Minnesota, but is well known for his ability to contribute to his passing rush.

His decision to sign with the Cowboys was based on multiple factors, including the reputation of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

“I’ve heard nothing but great things about DQ, about the way he does it,” Barr said. “I think Dallas is a strong candidate and he wants to be on a team that he feels has a chance to win. I want the opportunity to play at a high level and I’m excited to be here.”

It may be a bit of a wait to see what exactly Barr can contribute to Quinn’s grand vision. Start with a list. However, Burr says he’s physically great, so a launch might happen soon.

Once he gets there, the Cowboys can start figuring out how he fits in. Assistant George Edwards has considerable resources. When asked if that bond was the main reason Burr chose the Cowboys, Edwards laughed, but the two have a strong relationship.

“At the end of the day, when you get into a new atmosphere and a new locker room, I think knowing someone is a plus,” he said. was.”

Edwards has read a lot about how to unlock that talent. During his Vikings tenure, he used the bar as a three-down defender. Barr’s work may be Dallas-specific, but Edwards said he’ll find the Cowboys have players who can do a variety of things.

“First, he can put pressure on quarterbacks. He’s going to affect offensive protection because there’s a certain blocking scheme that you definitely don’t want to use against him at the back. Makes him one-on-one,” said Edwards..”He’s a guy who can run in open space, he can run and cover. In the meantime, his size and physicality when playing is a big plus.” I think as we continue this process, it will show.”

Considering what Quinn was able to do last year with versatile players like Micah Parsons and Jayron Kurth, Burr is gearing himself up for some fun in his second NFL stop. There may be

David Helman covers FOX Sports’ Dallas Cowboys to provide insight and analysis on the NFL’s most famous franchise. Before joining FOX, he covered the Cowboys for nine seasons on the team’s official website, In 2018, he won a regional Emmy Award for producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion,” about the quarterback’s era in Mississippi.

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