Re: 3-4 To make up the lose of Vince
posted at 10/5/2013 4:17 AM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to 49Patriots' comment:
Tedy's probably forgotten more defensive football this hour than I will learn in my lifetime, but we don't have the bigs to run a 34. Kelly and Vellano are DEs in a 34, Jones, your best rusher, is an OLB, but he's never played there...
Can't see it.
Exactly. You need three bigs on the field on a 3-4, 2 bigs on a 4-3 (conventionally, that is).
So Jones is big enough to play INSIDE, in a 4-3, THIS YEAR, but couldn't play outside, in a 3-4?
Interesting take guys.
Vellano is 6'2, 300lbs. Buchanan is 6'6, 255. Both have played, effectively, on the inside.
Don't get too caught up in stereotypes, if you do, you'll realize players are "out of position" all over the Pats roster.
All I know is that the Pats like sending 3 or 4 linemen against the pass. Until this year, they struggled to put pressure on the QB, particularly inside. Having VW and Kelly there actually allowed them to collapse the pocket when they really want to.
All these schemes without VW? It's one thing to put it out there every now and then when VW is resting. It's another to put it out there on every play.
You could be right. Different people. Maybe it works. Let's hope it works.
If it does not... it's 2011 all over again. The other team sees the Pats front is not so robust. They pound the ball. Pats give up yards on the ground. Pats react by moving up the LBs a yard or so forward, to help against the run. It works stop the run. But BB's instruction to the seondary is to not give up the big play, so they keep the receivers in front of them. Leaves a big gap between LBs and secondaries. Outside receiver curls, boom first down. Or QB throws a mid pass to the middle just behind the LBs (post, drag, whatever, it does not matter). Secondary does not touch the receiver until 10-15 YAC. The we all sing together how bad the secondary is.
As I said in another post. The D did not test well in the past when VW was out. I'd be thrilled to see them make it work this time.