Re: What's more important from the defensive line?
posted at 8/26/2012 6:58 PM EDT
A three man front in the 3/4 means we have 3 healthy, powerful D-tackles up front occupying 5 blockers and hopefully, talent willing, beating them on occasion.
This will allow Chandler Jones, Ninckovich, Bequette, Cunningham, Scott and whoever else is outside blow up pass plays and smother run plays.
Since game one where it was prevalent, we havn't seen much 3/4, the only time we've seen it since was on 3rd and 2 or 3rd and short situations.
Belichick has been experimenting with the new 2/5/4 alignment and the 2/4/5 we saw a lot of last year. Since a lot of defense is played in space nowadays Belichick is redefining the defensive game once again.
I still hope we see a lot of 3/4 in the regular season but the days of three #1 draft picks across the front line are long gone. Then again the re-emergence of Ron Brace gives one hope.
When BB does run the four man front in the regular season, I hope eventually that Wilfork and Brace will be inside and Jones and Bequette playing defensive end will provide explosive pressure.
To run this 4 man front you need a lot of talent at all four positions, all four guys have to be a threat to beat their blocker at all times or the alignment is without teeth. Much of the miles of yardage, poor defense and little pressure that occurred early on last year's defense was the result of this lack of training camp, lack of talent across the front and Belichick saving his D Tackles for the post season.
We're a 3/4 team that runs nickel alignments regularly... if we run a lot of 3/4 this season it's because we've retained health among our D tackles and the young linebackers have learned how to play outside linebacker, so they can do more than just rush the passer. This will be the best case scenario...