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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Who would be in favor of us switching to a 3-4? If you look at our projected front seven it could work. C. Grant would be a great end in a 3-4 scheme and W. Smith would be solid. Smith ...

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Old 03-20-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Switching to 3-4?

Who would be in favor of us switching to a 3-4? If you look at our projected front seven it could work. C. Grant would be a great end in a 3-4 scheme and W. Smith would be solid. Smith could also be used as a stand up pass rusher. H. Thomas could play nose. B. Young could play DE. Fujita is versatile enough to play OLB in a 3-4. Vilma and Morgan would be the MLBs although Vilma had some problems with the Jets' 3-4 defense. Then all we would have to do is trade up and draft V. Gholston to play the other OLB and we would be set. I know it's a major stretch, but hey, it could work. Maybe if we ran a 3-4 we could get more pressure on the QB and protect our horror show of a secondary. I would love to see a LB corp of Fujita, Vilma, Morgan, and Gholston. That would be scary, while they were healthy.
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

yeah no. Vilma loves the 4-3, so we keep the 4-3.
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

As long as we have the D coordinator here we are going to be in a 4-3. I think the 3-4 will help hide our blitz packages a lot and create a lot of pressue if we had an innovative Pro D Coach. Instead he have a high school D coach stick to the basics. "Bend don't Break".
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:56 PM   #4
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Good point Euphoria. Our defense has to be the most basic, vanilla system in the league. When you watch our games it seems like the defense doesn't do anything. They just sit back and let the other team's offense dictate. And why do we run so much man coverage? Usually the teams that run alot of man do so because they have good corners and a good pass rush. They can afford to have CBs on an island because the opposing QB isn't going to have time to pick them apart. We aren't the Eagles or the Ravens, we don't have good corners and we don't put a ton of pressure on QBs. So why do they put the CBs in a no win situation? I think a real D coordinator would do alot more with the talent we do have on defense by devising a scheme that plays to our strengths, not our weaknesses.
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Old 03-20-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

switching to a 3-4 would make the vilma acquisition completely pointless
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:36 PM   #6
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switching to a 3-4 would make the vilma acquisition completely pointless
Just because Vilma wasn't the greatest fit for the 3-4 in N.Y. doesn't mean that he just can't play in that defense. I think a truly great LB can play in any scheme. It's like people think the guy was just awful in the 3-4 and he wasn't. He had played in a 4-3 his whole career so it was taking him some time to adjust. Also he wasn't at 100% last season. I think he would've been just fine had he stayed in N.Y. If he was so terrible in the 3-4 then why are Jets fans mad as hell that he was traded? Another thing to think about is the fact that N.Y. didn't have a true nose tackle in front of him.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:40 PM   #7
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

same reason we'd be mad if Deuce was traded/cut. Deuce isn't a very good RB. sorry to say. he's past his prime and has had a ton of injuries. he can put together a couple solid seasons but he's not going to any pro bowls.

its not just about how good of a player that player is, if hes a fan favorite he's a fan favorite lol. the jets fans being mad that Vilma was traded has nothign to do with how good or bad he was in a 3-4 defense.

3-4 would be bad because we have undersized LBs, period.

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Old 03-20-2008, 08:48 PM   #8
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

thats the dumbest thing i have ever heard of since they said that jason david was going to start.
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:49 PM   #9
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Re: Switching to 3-4?

NT is the first thing that comes to mind.
The fact that Gibbs and most of his staff have plenty of experience at the 34 is not enough. Right now we do not have the personnel to do the switch.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:26 PM   #10
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If we truly had the talent I'd say play a game in the 3-4 and play another in the 4-3. Depending on the other teams offense.
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