Re: Pats D running a LOT of 3/4 lately
posted at 8/4/2014 8:12 PM EDT
In response to ThaJoker47's comment:
In response to DougIrwin's comment:
Taylor was a 4-3 DE, if I am not mistaken. He tried to play some 3-4 later in his career, with NY, yes.
The only thing I don't get about this is where it puts Hightower. Mayo and Collins would figure to be the interior guys and then Nink and Jones on the edges at OLB.
A combo of Kelly, Vince down the middle and maybe someone else at the other DE spot? I just can't figure who that would be. You need some range to play 3-4 DE.
The only reason I brought up the comparsion was because BB tried to sway Taylor to the Pats before he signed with the Jets. Hence why he might want to make someone with similar stature to Taylors an OLB. I know a lot of BG writers compared him to JPP but thought JT was a more fitting comparison. Then again I'm not on BB staff so what do I know.
Honestly, if we run the 3-4 wouldn't Wilfork-Kelly-Nink with Jones-Mayo-Hightower-Collins make a little more sense. Considering Hightower ran the middle last year after Mayo went down and doesn't necessarily have the coverage skills on the outside that Collins showed glimpses of last year.
I hear ya on the Taylor concept. I felt the same way at the time and I have no idea why Taylor chose the Jets. More money, I suppose, but what a disaster that was.
Anyway, I'd be a little concerned with the run game on the edge without a Kelly-sized DE. Then again, it just completely dawned on me:
Will Smith was converting to a 3-4 DE last year under Rob Ryan when he got hurt. So, this 3-4 thing may be very real.
Nink, Kelly, Vince, Will Smith, Jones
Collins/Mayo (Hightower in spots)
I noticed seeing some clips BB had Hightower on the edge on the weakside. Not sure if the set they were in was a 4-3 or 3-4 though.
Regardless, the skill sets appear to be there to at least play some 3-4 if they want it. Will Smith is a bigger player than people realize.