WEEI.com: Deconstructing The Pats' 4-3 Defense

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  1. Christopher_Price

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  2. BPF

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    Another fine effort Chris, good read.

    One question, you wrote: "The biggest wrinkle came in the use of defensive ends Derrick Burgess and Tully Banta-Cain, each of whom lined up wide of the offensive tackle like an outside linebacker, but still started with his hand on the ground like a defensive end."

    In a 4-3 that's not a wrinkle but rather the norm. 4-3 DE's are supposed to be quicker players who can slip past those big OT's. They normally line up wide to easier avoid blocks and get into the backfield as quick as possible. Maybe you meant a wrinkle as opposed to the 3-4 the Pats run?
     
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  3. signbabybrady

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    I think it is typical of one end to line up on the outside of the tackles but not both especially on run downs.
     
  4. signbabybrady

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    I am glad you included this nugget in yout article....I thought they were two gaping as I watched last week and at camp and it was confirmed when I heard Big Sey say this in an interview the other day.
     
  5. BPF

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    No, in a traditional 4-3 it's both. Their main task/job is to get into the backfield and disrupt either running or passing plays.
     
  6. jczxohn1

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    IMO, Mayo is the key to the success of a 4-3 pkg. In my one visit to camp, He made plays sideline-to-sideline and pity the back who tries to slip past the LOS to catch a dump-off. I think we'll see a lot more 4-3.
     
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