With so much talk of the new coaching staff bringing in the 3-4, a lot of posters have seemed to express their discontent. I have heard rumblings about running sort of a hybrid 4-3, that would encompass elements of the 3-4. I have seen this defense, so I wanted to give everyone an idea of how it works, and how the Redskins could impliment something like this with the personal we have already on the roster.
We ran this defense at Penn State a few years ago. We used our outside linebacker(Tim Shaw), and walked him up to the line of scrimmage. In this defense, we would substitue Shaw, or a rush outside linebacker for a true 4-3 DE. So in essence we would have 3 D-linemen, our normal 4-3 linebacker set, plus shaw. Sometimes we would even drop our weakside D-end into coverage, and blitz Shaw from his OLB position.
This is only one element of a 4-3 hybrid. Many college teams experiment with this type of defense with great success. With this defense, it is often situational, meaning the down and distance, field position, and even the score can dictate when this is implemented.
If the Redskins used a version of thie hybrid, I imagine it would look something like this:
Orakpo and Wilson probably would have to be on the field at the same time for us to be successful in this hybrid scheme. Orakpo would play the Hybrid DE position, and Wilson would be substituted for Carter, or Jarmon. Haynesworth would play either a 1 tech(lined up in the A gap), or a 2 tech(Lined up on the inside eye of the Guard to the strong side). Alaxander would play a 3-4 DE, along with Griffin or Monty who would be in the 5 tech(head up on the strong side OT). Orakpo would be the walk-up linebacker to the strong side.He would be on the line of scrimmage. He could eithe rush from a hand- down, or stand-up position. He could also drop into coverage to disquise a blitz. With this personal, we would technically be in a 3-4 scheme based on the responsibilities of the D-linemen, but Orakpo would be playing more like a 4-3 DE, than a 3-4 OLB. Carter could be in this scheme as well, but a guy like him usually gets left out of this type of hybrid. He could however play the Orakpo role on the strong side, and Orakpo could be moved to weakside.
Many times colledges use this scheme to get their best atheletes on the field at the same time. The same could be said if the Redskins used this scheme.