Old hat: 70s nothing new to Will Allen

IRVING, Texas – If Monte Kiffin ever feels his age, he can turn to safety Will Allen to feel young again.

Allen’s defensive coordinator last year in Pittsburgh was Dick LeBeau, who is older than Kiffin.

LeBeau turns 76 in September. Kiffin turned 73 in February.

“You wouldn’t know (they are that old),” Allen said. “Those guys bring a lot of energy to the table. They bring a lot of wisdom. Coach LeBeau doesn’t have a call sheet. He does it all with his brain and heart. It’s awesome to play for two of the greats, to learn from two of the greats.”

Allen played for Kiffin from 2004-08 in Tampa Bay before signing with the Cowboys this offseason, and spent the last three years with LeBeau with the Steelers.

Kiffin is the architect of the Tampa 2 scheme. LeBeau is the father of the 3-4 zone blitz. The two schemes are vastly different, but Allen sees a benefit from having played in both systems as the Cowboys move from a 3-4 to a 4-3 this year.

“I can use both traits and both characteristics about how to be successful,” Allen said. “I’m not just using one coach’s tutelage. I’m learning from both men, and both are great.”