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4-3 Defensive Package Could be Beneficial for Redskins

Mark Tyler takes a look at a possible 4-3 base defensive package for the Redskins.

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I've long been screaming for the Redskins to return to a 4-3 base defense, just because I felt we never had the true personnel to play the 3-4. Now, maybe even more than before, our recently acquired/drafted players may even be a better fit in a base 4-3 defense.

Below is a look at how I would envision our 4-3 defense to look.

Base 4-3

LDE:  Ryan Kerrigan - Classic 4-3 DE in an even front

1-Off DT:  Stacy McGee/Terrell McClain - Can defend the run and push the front from a shaded 1-off technique

3-Tech DT:  Jonathan Allen - Run or pass, he can do it all

RDE:  Preston Smith/Trent Murphy - Both Murphy and Smith are pure 7-technique DE's

SAM:  Ryan Anderson - He can play in space, come up and blitz and even cover hook/curl.

MIKE:  Zach Brown - Sideline-to-sideline MIKE backer who can also drop high-hole or cover a RB out of the backfield

WILL:  Su'a Cravens - Let him roam and make plays; can also match up on the TE

LCB:  Josh Norman - Press-man, hip-trail technique corner

SS:  D.J. Swearinger - Pure box safety against the run, underneath zone or 2 deep against pass

FS:  Montae Nicholson - Single-high safety in cover 3 or man-over

RCB:  Bashaud Breeland/Fabian Moreau - Boundary corner

Nickle Package:

LDE:  Ryan Kerrigan

3-Tech DT:  Jonathan Allen

3-Tech DT:  Trent Murphy

RDE:  Ryan Anderson

MIKE:  Zach Brown

Sub LB:  Su'a Cravens

Robber:  D.J. Swearinger

LCB:  Josh Norman

S:  Montae Nicholson

Nickle CB:  Kendall Fuller

RCB:  Bashaud Breeland/Fabian Moreau