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sneakers
08-16-2009, 08:28 PM
I always assumed it would be easier to run on a 3-4 defense because it is 5 offensive linemen against 3 defensive linemen.

Also in a 4-3, you have 4 big fat guys on the defensive line in front of 3 skinny line backers. But in the 3-4 you are taking away one of your fat guys for another skinny guy?

Tned
08-16-2009, 08:32 PM
I always assumed it would be easier to run on a 3-4 defense because it is 5 offensive linemen against 3 defensive linemen.

Also in a 4-3, you have 4 big fat guys on the defensive line in front of 3 skinny line backers. But in the 3-4 you are taking away one of your fat guys for another skinny guy?

I think that's one of the reasons a good NT is so important. I good nost tackle needs to take on two run blockers and hold his ground. Also, the OLB's in a 3-4 are typically bigger, DE like ends, which is why we moved all of our small ends to OLB. In many cases, at least on of the OLB's is on the line, essentially acting like a 4th linemen.

MOtorboat
08-16-2009, 09:03 PM
A good 3-4 is very difficult to run against. If those three defensive lineman can account for four offensive lineman, then your four linebackers only have one offensive lineman and a blocking back to shed before getting after the runner.

It also makes it difficult to rush outside, because the linebackers are a little more spread out.

West
08-16-2009, 10:10 PM
Players in the 3-4 usually worry about their 'gap responsibilities'. Each player in the front 7 has a gap and they worry about their gap and their gap only. A 4-3 is more of a speed emphasized defense with less responsibilities and heavy emphasis on the DEs to bring pressure on the QB. LBs in the 3-4 are relied heavily upon to make plays/tackles. The NT, and 2 DE/DTs are the road graters. They are the ones that clog up the middle and don't allow the OLmen to get to the LBs that are scraping, filling holes and making plays.

Lonestar
08-16-2009, 10:30 PM
traditionally we always had problems running against 3-4 defenses..

if there is a good to great NT and a couple of big DE they pretty much detain the OLINE at or behind the LOS.. clogging up the middle and allowing the OLBs and safety to wrap up the running back..

Bronco Warrior
09-28-2009, 02:49 PM
For the most part you guys are all correct. In college I played in a 3-4 way back in the day and the 3-4 allows more matchup problems with blocking assignments and knowing who is actually doing what. Having more freedom in your linebackers movement pays dividends in both the run and the pass.

For the record this is far from the first time we have run a 3-4 defense! remember Kragen? Might have been the most underrated NT ever!

frenchfan
09-29-2009, 02:40 AM
I always assumed it would be easier to run on a 3-4 defense because it is 5 offensive linemen against 3 defensive linemen.

Also in a 4-3, you have 4 big fat guys on the defensive line in front of 3 skinny line backers. But in the 3-4 you are taking away one of your fat guys for another skinny guy?IMO... 3-4 or 4-3 I don't know which is better against the run...

But what I know is that it's always hard to run against GOOD defense... That's all... :D :drinking:

Lonestar
10-05-2009, 01:33 PM
I always assumed it would be easier to run on a 3-4 defense because it is 5 offensive linemen against 3 defensive linemen.

Also in a 4-3, you have 4 big fat guys on the defensive line in front of 3 skinny line backers. But in the 3-4 you are taking away one of your fat guys for another skinny guy?


seems like this question is now MOOT..

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