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Thread: 3-4 Defense

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    So I read somewhere online (cant remember or find the source at the moment) that Pioli is a big fan of the 3-4 and he will want us to change to the 3-4. I think if we do that it is going to be 2-3 years before our defense is back to top form again. Right now I dont think we have any of the personnel on the DL, and really only one LB that can handle the 3-4.

    I think DJ would be great in the 3-4, it would allow him to slim back down, get faster, and we can just let him get after the QB kind of like the Ravens use Suggs. I think if we just tell him kill the qb on almost every play, he will look a lot better. He has always looked good blitzing.

    As far as the D-line, Dorsey isnt nearly big enough to be a NT, and I think he is too big to be a 3-4 DE. Hali is a bit small to be a 3-4 DE against the run. Tyler maybe has the size/speed to move to 3-4 DE. I am not sure if McBride will fit in either.

    So if we move to the 3-4, we really only have 2 players in the front 7. That means we have to pick up 5 players between the draft and FA (in addition to fixing the O-line). I just dont see that happening this year unless we make some miraculous trade downs, trade off Gonzo and LJ for 2nd rounders (not likely), AND do a killing in FA.

    If we stay in the 4-3, I think we are 2 LBs and a DE away from a good defense. It is definitely feasible to do this in one year. One LB and a DE in FA, OL in first and 3rd round, LB in 2nd round. Suddenly our defense becomes competitive next year.

    I am not at all commenting on the virtues of a 3-4 vs 4-3 defense. Just commenting on the time it would take us to build a 3-4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike View Post
    We have no personnel for the 3/4, 4/3, cover-2 or any other defense. Our entire front 7 should be GONE.
    Our DC should be GONE.
    Our DL coach should be GONE.
    Our HC should be GONE.
    Full steam ahead and send mediocrity to Hell!
    Sad but true.

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    I think the only way to tell would be on who Pioli brings in for a DC. I kind of hope we stay with a 4-3 defense though.

    3-4 defenses are not that much superior to a 4-3. It all comes down to the personnel you have running the defense.

    In my opinion, the Chiefs just need to upgrade the D-line to make the 4-3 defense work. When you look at the top 4-3 defenses from this season, Tennessee, Giants, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and Tampa Bay, they all have great D-lines. Add in Chicago and Washington who both had bad seasons and there are many teams out there who make it work in a 4-3.

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