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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by Danno True, but its not like he sucked at it. He did OK in that system. But Jonathan Vilma was an A-plus 4-3 MLB who dropped to a C-plus ILB in their version of the 3-4. Vilma ...

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True, but its not like he sucked at it. He did OK in that system. But Jonathan Vilma was an A-plus 4-3 MLB who dropped to a C-plus ILB in their version of the 3-4.

Vilma will be playing the WILB in Rob Ryan's system. From everything I've read its very similar to a WLB in a 4-3.

I'm more concerned about Lofton at SILB. He's never played it and we're not sure how good he is at fighting off OG's for a whole game for 16 weeks. I think Galette or Wilson may even be better suited for it than Lofton. Hawthorne may be a better fit as well.
I wouldn't be surprised if Martez was put in that position. I know he was able to pressure some QB's from that spot last year.
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I wouldn't be surprised if Martez was put in that position. I know he was able to pressure some QB's from that spot last year.
I do believe that Wilson will line up at ILB. I have for a long time.
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I had thought Vilma left the Jets because they moved to a 3-4. Does that bide poorly for us?
The Jets did not have the defensive linemen in place to give the LB's a chance to be successful. That is why he wanted out. The Saints, on the other hand, have exactly what is needed up front to allow the LB's a shot at the ball.
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Originally Posted by homerj07 View Post
I had thought Vilma left the Jets because they moved to a 3-4. Does that bide poorly for us?
He was younger and wanted to call the shots in the middle back then. I think he is just more mature and just wants to win now plus with his knee issues and age he doesnt have the leverage he once did. Plus if you compare N.Y. to the N.O. its a no brainer. I would take less money to be able to live in New Orleans any day.
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All 3-4s are not created equal. His role might differ a whole lot from what he did with the Jets.
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