Re: 4-3 vs. 3-4
posted at 8/18/2009 1:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 4-3 vs. 3-4
[QUOTE]In Response to 4-3 vs. 3-4 : A few questions from the football illiterate: 1. Sam would be Thomas? Strong side is the side with the TE? What if there are two TEs? What if there are 3 WRs, the D still uses 3 linebackers? 2. Will would be Guyton? 3. B gap is between OT and OG? C is between OT and TE? 4. How can linebackers on opposite sides of the field be responsible for curl routes from the #1 wide receiver? Do you mean, Sam is responsible for curl by flanker, and Will is responsible for curl by split end (Z taught me those)? Who covers the TE? What does it mean to Wall the #2 receiver? Generally, isn't the 4-3 a much more predictable defense than the 3-4? Seems to me the best defenses year in and year out are the 3-4s (Pitt, Baltimore, San Diego, New England). The Giants D hasn't done that well during the regular season, at least during 2007 anyway. Wouldn't we need special players to make the 4-3 work, i.e. better pass-rushing DEs than TBC and Burgess?
Posted by themightypatriots[/QUOTE]
1. Yes Thomas plays Sam, and yes strong side is the TE side or the QB's blind side which you know must be the best part of the OL. Patriots have traditionally been a left handed team (Brady's blind side) you know they love to break for the run on Logan and Matt. They don't switch players, just responsibilities. LB's do not cover WR's, only the flat or assist in coverage, or blitz.
3. easy way to remember this is that it always start with NT, the gaps on either side of NT is always A, and it goes up either side of him, the farther you get (B, C, D, E)
4. Not #1 in terms of depth (because #1 WR can line up anywhere on LOS, and wherever they line up is where the responsibility is assigned to which LB), but the #1, #2 option in their zone or flat, if they know what play is coming, they adjust according, but if they don't know what is coming, they go to default responsibilities, e.g., #1 receiver, #2, etc. Wall is the same thing as containment- since it is tricky for LB to tackle WR, you generally just want to force them outside or funnel to SS (again the conservative philosophy of BB's "bend but don't break").
4-3 can be just as tricky as 3-4, depending on who the coach is and how creative he is.
The key is to remember that it is easy to go from a base 3-4 to a 4-3 but hard for a base 4-3 to go to a 3-4, so McDaniels has his hands full in Denver.
Remember that today is the last day of practice open to the public- this may be where they start to sneak in some work on the 3-4 before the regular season.
Honestly if I were BB, I would be flipping between 3-4/4-3 during the regular season unpredictably because it forces the other team to do twice as much homework, and if they are not a disciplined team, forget it. This gives us an extra and dangerous edge.
Again what I am doing here is trying to guess BB's strategy. I have been wrong many times but for me the fun is in outthinking and outguessing strategy, or in general just thinking about what our strategy against the other team is. If BB was such a predictable coach, I would not be having so much fun.