Re: Belichick switch back to a 3 man front!
posted at 3/29/2013 4:00 PM EDT
In response to wozzy's comment:
Belichick needs to stop with this two defensive tackle and two linebackers playing at defensive end alignment.
It gets zero pressure on opposing QB's and the other team can easily block it with 5 offensive linemen, which then allows their tightends to get out and make plays.
Back in the day we used to run the 3/4, and when we went to nickel packages we ran the 3/3/5. Granted we don't have Wilfork, Seymour and Warren along the front but Wilfork, Brace and Love would suffice with the amount of linebacker talent we possess.
Last night I almost gagged when I saw us roll out Kyle Love as the only true D lineman on a play with Cunningham at tackle next to him with Ninck and Jones on a crucial 3rd down... you probably remember it, Flacco ran 5 yards for the first down because our line got blown off the ball. We need more beef on the field.
I implore you BB, let this experiment die, it hangs our secondary out to dry, opposing O Lines wear our undersized four man front into the ground by the start of the 2nd half and we continually give up sizable leads.
Go back to the 3/4 and the 3/3/5!
The problem is that Chandler Jones is not 3-4 material. He's not a sturdy 3-4 DE, and he's doesn't appear to be OLB material, like a Willie McGinest. His best position appears to be as a 4-3 DE. If he can stay healthy, with the addition of some experience and strength, he has the makings of an outstanding 4-3 DE. As for Nink, you are quite correct about him being miscast as a 4-3 DE. He's better suited as a Vrable-like 3-4 OLB.
The Jones "problem" is the reason why BB has deviated away from the 3-4. If Jones develops as expected, he'll become the Julius Peppers/Jason Pierre-Paul of the Pats' defense. Jones is the key to the Pats' "D" in 2013.