Reggie Herring new LB Coach

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  1. mdbearz

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    I one missing key to a 3-4 Defense is a Real NT.

    Wootton, Ratliff (has been a NT) could be DEs, Not sure about Melton or Collins but they are not NTs

    Bass and Corn Wash could all be DEs or OLB.

    Shea, Green, Bostic, Anderson could be OLBs.

    Briggs and Williams could be ILB.

    They have enough holes that a switch to 3-4 is an opportunity that is feasible and if you look at the guys that are actually under contract next year we have a long way to go and we are NOT stuck with guys that might not fit.
     
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    And we need some vets kept due to the fact we can't replace everybody in 1 off-season - although, LOL, I'd like to replace a lot of them :-)
    But I agree. It would be nice to have Ratliff back, and at a good price.
     
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    If we do go to a 3-4 do either Melton or Collins make sense? Are they ideal DEs, or are they both 3 technique guy that would be filling in for 3-4 DEs?
    Ratliff has played in a 3-4 and I think Wootton would be good also as a DE in a 3-4, he showed he can play inside.
     
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    If you go 3-4 with the guys that are under contract next year.
    Shea- OLB
    Bostic- OLB or depth ILB
    Briggs - ILB
    Green- ST only but OLB depth
    Bass - OLB or DE- Not ideal as DE
    Paea - DE or NT depth

    That it.

    While there might be a place for these guys, our front 7 could be practically a new squad.
     
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    I've mentioned before that the plan the front office is preparing to execute has been in place since last off season. The fact that so many players (especially on defense) were not extended or simply given one year contracts COULD simply mean the new coaching staff wanted to see what they had, or they wanted to maintain the flexibility to make wholesale changes in scheme if they chose to do so. Switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 (or the opposite) over a two or three year period is difficut and messy. However, if the bulk of your Defense is heading into FA, you have a LOT more flexibility to make said change all at once. It's possible that the tea leaves have already been spread out for us and we just need to learn how to read them. Now we're getting new assistant coaches, both of whom have experience in a 3-4 and both of whom represent the position coaches that will see the most change in such a switch (Linebackers and D-Line). DB coaching can pretty much stay the same in this switch, right?

    I dunno, when the season first ended, I had my doubts about such a change; I really thought the reason they didn't extend or give out many multi-year contracts (and couldn't agree with Melton) was because they didn't know what Cutler was going to do/want. I still think that had a major bearing on those decisions, but now I'm starting to think that maybe a major change in the Defense was also a part of the plan all along.
     
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    I tend to think that a switch was in the plans. I mean it makes sense with the way we have sooo many Defensive players headed into FA that were 4-3 kind of players.
    Melton and Collins are both 3 technique guys.
    Peppers will be likely cut and he is a 4-3 DE.
    Plus, they brought in a couple of guys that can be 3-4 guys in Ratliff and Cohen.
    They draft Shea and he is obviously not a DE
    Bass and Corn Wash Both have played OLB.

    Without a doubt they were building up to a switch, now all they need to do is announce it.
     
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    I'm guessing somewhere around May 11.
     
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    If we do go to a 3-4 we need a rock-solid 3-4 NT. That becomes priority #1 in the draft. Build the new defensive line around that guy. He's our future.
     
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    As an aside, not telling anyone exactly what a team is planning to do (with any part of said team) makes it easier to draft/hire the players for what that team wants (or is planning) to do. Emery, love him or hate him, is looking to be one hell of a poker and chess player at the moment.
     
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    Every time I see "Reggie Herring" my eyes read "Red Herring". I hope the only red herring we get is for the other teams being confused and not knowing what we're doing on defense.

    I really don't care if we go 3-4, although I prefer 4-3. I would really rather go hybrid though. mix it up and keep the other guys so confused they won't know what hit them.
     
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