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PostSubject: Which Defensive scheme do you prefer?   Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:56 pm

With the Miami Dolphins getting ALL new coaches and the rumor of them changing there defensive scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The majority of the defensive coaches they signed come from a 3-4 scheme background (mainly from Dallas). Since Miami has ran a 4-3 for a long time now and be successful , besides last year, do you think that it a good thing to switch because most of there players they have fits a 4-3 scheme and not a 3-4 scheme? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of a 3-4 scheme?

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PostSubject: Re: Which Defensive scheme do you prefer?   Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:29 pm

I definitely have to say the 3-4 is the way to go IF you have the correct personnel to run it. When teams first switch to it, it is a total defense rebuild. You need more athletic, aggressive LBers and big strong nasty DL. It's hard to draft for a 3-4 defense, but it seems like the most dominating D's in the NFL are 3-4s. (Pats, Ravens, Chargers, Dallas)
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PostSubject: Re: Which Defensive scheme do you prefer?   Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:34 pm

I prefer a 3-4 when you have the right personell (Steelers, Patriots, Chargers) but it is difficult to make the transition (ex: Cleveland Crying or Very sad )
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PostSubject: Re: Which Defensive scheme do you prefer?   Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:05 pm

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/hashmarks/0-5-416/Parcells-likes-bigger-linebackers.html
here is the difference in weights of players between a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense.

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Miami was already a 3-4 team before Bill Parcells and
Tony Sparano took over, but their linebackers weren't as big as the
ones Parcells favored in Dallas. When the 2007 season ended, the
Cowboys' listed weights for starters on defense averaged 301 pounds on
the line, 257 pounds at linebacker and 204 pounds in the secondary. The
Dolphins averaged 299, 245 and 200.League-wide,
the starting defensive linemen in 3-4 schemes outweighed their 4-3
counterparts by about 18 pounds per man (307.3 to 289.2). The starting
3-4 linebackers outweighed their 4-3 counterparts by about 13 pounds
per man (252 to 238.9). The NFL lists Thomas at 228 pounds. As new Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said during his introductory press conference: "We like prototypically-sized football players." Sparano subsequently said bigger isn't necessarily better in all cases, but the prototypical Parcells linebacker is bigger than Thomas, no question.

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