I disagree. Chan Gailey's first DC was a 3-4 defensive specialist, and Chan announced before he made the hire that he wanted to run a 3-4 defense because it gave the defense more flexibility in attacking the offense, and is harder to prepare for than a 4-3 defense. They ran a lot of 4-3 during the time they were trying to transition to a 3-4 because they didn't have a lot of 304 defensive players on the front 7. Last season, they continued to run a lot of 4-3 because that was one of the areas where the defense was hurt by injuries.
Originally Posted by BILLSFANFORLIFE
While our offensive line is big, possibly the biggest in the league, it is also pretty athletic. Gailey's passing game is predicated on spreading the ball out horizontally and the QB making quick reads on a 3 step drop. In that respect, it's a pretty offensive line friendly offense, which accounts for giving up very few sacks last season, even though Fitzpatrick threw a lot of passes.
It is well known that Fitzpatrick had a terrible slump last season where he threw a lot of interceptions. By now it is also known that he soffered two broken ribs in the Washington game last season tto signiaal the start of that slump. The question we don't have the answer to is how much of the slump is injury related and how much is due to opposing defensive coordinators figuring out how to defense Gailey's offensive scheme. We still don't have an answer, and since teams tend to play close to the vest in preseason, we may not bet the answer until the regular season. I just don't think the offensive line has a lot to do with the struggles that the offense has had, aside from the injuries they dealth with last season.
My adopt-a-Bill is Marcel Dareus.