So I left you hanging on the last post regarding a 3-4 defense. Well, all signs point to 3-4 so far with the way the restructuring of this organization is going. Let’s take a look at the key factors playing a role in this prediction:
- Head Coach Dennis Allen:
This guy has coached both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes. Ultimately I think he’s going to do what he thinks will fit the team best and give us the greatest chance of success. Either way he’s comfortable with a 3-4.
- Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver:
What I’ve read about this guy makes me feel confident. According to the SFGate Chronicle:
“Here’s all you need to know about his skills as a coach: He was hired by Mariucci, then retained by Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary. Counting Jim Tomsula, who coached the 2010 finale after Singletary was fired, he worked for five head coaches in one organization.
Jim Harbaugh would have kept him, too, but David Shaw offered him a key position at Stanford.”
Read the entire articel here: SFGate Chronicle
- Linebackers Coach Johnny Holland:
Don’t know a whole lot about this guy other than his bio at: raiders.com
Anyone has info and wants to share do it in the comments.
- Defensive Line Coach Terrell Williams:
According to raiders.com: “In two years at Texas A&M, the Aggies advanced to a pair of bowl games including a win over Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas last year. In 2010, Williams helped lead the Aggies to a share of their first Big 12 South division crown in more than a decade and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M allowed just 101. 9 rushing yards per game last year, ranking 12th in the nation. In his first season, A&M improved from 90th to 30th nationally in rushing defense, allowing 130.2 yards per contest.”
Read the entire bio at: raiders.com
Texas A&M definitely ran a 3-4 the past two seasons. I’m not certain what Purdue was running back in ’06, but if I had to guess….
Basically everyone involved with the linemen and linebackers now comes from a 3-4 background. I love the idea of running a 3-4. But just exactly how would we do it with the current personnel? Who do we have to start at nose tackle in a 3-4?
Not Seymour. That man moved from defensive end to tackle and has thrived, yes, but he is no nose tackle. He would get slaughtered.
John Henderson is well suited but is not an every down player. That’s it. We would have to draft one or hit the free agency and I really don’t see that happening.
We have nothing left to trade other than Michael Bush, yeah, I said it. And you might just end up seeing that happen. I think giving up Bush for a solid nose tackle would be a great deal. Either that or a second round pick. That’s the only way I see a 3-4 scheme being even a remote reality. Let’s face it, Michael Bush is handy to have in the back pocket, but we don’t need him AND McFadden, and RunDMC isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Sorry Bush, time to let go.
Of course this all purely speculation at this point. I’m very curious to see what kinds of moves we make in the draft. We’re without a pick until the 5th round this year thanks to some questionable trades **cough** Terrell Pryor **cough**, including the infamous “Best Trade In the History of Football” for Carson Palmer.
Either way, it seems to me there is going to be a huge emphasis on stopping the run. I really hope so because our run defense has been shitty for a long time now and I’m sick of it.
What are your thoughts?