I hate our LBs.
I hate them more in a 3 - 4.
I would find a coach that will install the old Bears 46 defense and attack.
I still don't understand the argument that we are a 4-3 team considering we spent 2010 and 2011 running the 3-4 as our base defense.
Buddy Nix and Doug Whaley cut their teeth with 3-4 teams, and most of the players they drafted prior to 2012 were exclusively for this defense.
Some of you can choose to ignore the facts...but the facts say we are better off running the 3-4 as our base defense than the 4-3, especially with the LB position in such disarray right now.
Either way I'm fine with whatever direction we go on defense going forward, but if we stick with a true 4-3 we better get a guy that knows how to run it and bring some innovation to table.
Look. I don't care what you think about Williams, Anderson, Merriman, or hell, even MOATS at OLB. The fact of the matter is that Merriman and Williams are at LEAST average OLBs. I'd rather have two average players on the field than one awful one (any of our 4-3 LBs). Additionally, Dareus is better suited for the NT position and had a great year there.
Nix's worst draft was scouting for 3-4 defenses players. Don't really know how he kept his job either.
2) He's not played that position his entire career. When he was in the 3-4 he played as a rush linebacker, not a 3-4 end.
3) My understanding of a 3-4 end, like a 3-4 NT, is to control blockers and free up the LBers to make plays. Why you would ask Mario to do that is beyond me. You want Mario to be getting off blocks and making plays when he can. You ask a guy like Dwan Edwards to do that. You ask a guy like Spencer Johnson to do that. You don't ask an athlete the caliber of Mario to do that.
4) Too many people say oh, well he'll just be like JJ Watt. Tell me how many guys outside of JJ Watt, play that position and produce like him? I can only think of one - Bruce.
Again, there is really no difference. 3-4 and 4-3 are just alignments. Football is FAR more gray than the way most fans in this thread are describing it.
I'd like us to stay in a 4-3...
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I love Kyle, but I'm at the point where I'd let him go, he's been injured too much. My 3 down would be LDE Dareus, NT Troup or rookie (Star Lotulelei or Jesse Williams or Johnathan Jenkins) and Carrington at RDE.
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I'm forty. For 75% of my life the Bills have sucked. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
As far as a 3-4 end's job? It's not to take up blockers. It's a 1 gap assignment. A 5 tech needs to be able to get after the QB and stop the run. But, read my signature. Keep Mario on the weak side as an end. He will be lined up outside of a tackle with no TE. He's free to pass rush. There are tons of things to do where there is really no change for him, other than having to line up on either side.
There is a lot of info out there on x's and o's of football. You can find playbooks, videos, books, everything. I coach, and I'm always trying to find new tweaks and trying to see if new tweaks I've thought of will work. If you get time, check we stuff out. It's crazy addictive.
I would also like to see an X's and O's forum here where we can talk about football that doesn't fall in other categories. People would learn a lot. We have some real football people on this board. Plus, I really enjoy talking it and learning new things.