More 3-4 thoughts

Since I got so much flack in my previous post about the Redskins switching to a 3-4 defense, I wanted to start a new discussion as to why people are so against it.  And common, don't give me the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" mentality. I would like to hear tome tangible agruments either for of against it. I'll give you my arguement for it:


First, let me start by saying that I believe it's the players, and the coaches knowing how to use those players, that make a scheme successful.  I fully believe we have the players on this roster, to be successful in the 3-4.  Currently Dallas is the only team in our division that runs the 3-4.  We should all easily be able to agree that the Dallas defense has improved since they implemented this.  Currently they are ranked 5th in points allowed, and 9th against the rush.  Last year they were #2 in the league in sacks, and also boasted the NFL's sack leader in Ware. They are suffering in the secondary this year, so their #s against the pass are not that good, but having said that, I wanted to take a look at how we stack up player-to-player against the Dallas D(this comparison is made assuming we ran a 3-4), as we can pretty much all agree that they have had a pretty good D for the past few years, and were successful in the transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 immediatly.

NT - Hanesworth(6-6 350)  vs  Ratliff(6-4 310)   edge - skins

DE - Griffin  vs  Spears     edge - dallas

DE - Alaxander  vs  Olshansky   edge - dallas

OLB - Carter  vs  Spencer  (close)   edge - tie

OLB - Orakpo  vs  Ware  (built in the same mold)  edge - dallas

MLB - McIntosh  vs  Brooking   edge - skins

MLB - Fletcher  vs  James  edge - skins

CB - Hall  vs  Newman    edge - tie

CB - Rodgers  vs  Jenkins   edge - skins

SS - Horton  vs  Sensabaugh   edge - skins

FS - Landry  vs  Hamlin   edge - skins

The 3-4 defensive allows a team to get more pressure on the QB, resulting in more sacks and turnovers, 2 things we have not been successful at doing.

Haynsworth would be completely disruptive at NT, and he could also slide out to DE if needed. We also have a pretty nice rotation on the D-line with Jarmon, Montgomery and Golston all being able to fill in at the 3 DL spots.  Wilson is a great back-up at OLB, and Blades and Henson could fill in at either of the mlb spots. We may need to add a FA DE, or OLB, but the pieces for the most part are already in place.

The second part of my arguement centers arond Orakpo.  Skins fans have been complaining that we are using him wrong in the current D. People would like to have him used primarily as a pass rusher. What better way to use him than to have him as a 3-4 OLB in the mold of Ware.  Scouts were arguing out of college that this would be his best position, and I believe it to be true.  Here are both players measurables:  Orakpo 6' 3"  263  4.75 40.  Ware 6'4" 262  4.78 40.  If thats not earily similar, I don't know what is. 

As to Haynsworth being too bid for the NT role, that is just plain nonsense. The job of a NT is to free up LB's so they can make plays. Who better to do this than fat AL.  Here are some or the other NT's on teams who run the 3-4:

Packers - Pickett  6'3" 340

Dolphins - Soliai 6'4" 355

Pats - Wilfork 6'2" 325

Jets - Pouha 6'3" 325

Chargers - Scott 6'4" 315

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