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  1. JSn

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    Just for some fun off-season group ponderance:

    Seems to me we have better options RIGHT NOW to play 4-3 and subs like 2-5-4 and 2-4-5. That's based on not knowing if we'll ever see Crable and not knowing what Cunningham brings THIS YEAR.

    I think anyone who would be into this discussion knows who we have.

    Just seems like DB and ILB are our biggest strengths. What do you guys think? How would you scheme with what we have now?

    I'd be seeing a lot of 2-man and 4-man fronts, personally.
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    Nickel. 4 DL, 2 LB, 3 CB, 2S

    Doesn't play great against the run, but this is a passing league now anyways (thanks, Polian! :mad:)
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    my base 3-4 on first down would be

    DE Ty Warren
    NT Vince Wilfork
    DE Myron Pryor
    OLB Tully Banta-Cain
    ILB Brandon Spikes
    ILB Jerod Mayo
    OLB Jermaine Cunningham
    SS James Sanders
    FS Brandon Meriweather
    CB Darius Butler
    CB Leigh Bodden

    my base 4-3


    DE Mike Wright
    DT Ty Warren
    DT Vince Wilfork
    DE Jermaine Cunningham
    OLB Gary Guyton
    MLB Brandon Spikes
    OLB Jerod Mayo
    SS Pat Chung
    FS Brandon Meriweather
    CB Darius Butler
    CB Leigh Bodden

    3rd and long

    DE Tully Banta-Cain
    NT Mike Wright
    DE Jermaine Cunningham
    LB Jerod Mayo
    LB Gary Guyton
    SS James Sanders
    FS Brandon Meriweather
    CB Darius Butler
    CB Leigh Bodden
    nickel. Devin McCourty
    dime. Brandon McGowan

    goal line defense

    DE Ty Warren
    DT Damione Lewis
    NT Vince Wilfork
    DT Ron Brace
    DE Myron Pryor
    LB Jerod Mayo
    LB Brandon Spikes
    SS Pat Chung
    FS Brandon Meriweather
    CB Darius Butler
    CB Leigh Bodden
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    Really I think the only big questions are who's at LOLB and RDE in the 3-4. They can do a lot of different stuff in the 4-3 as we have a bunch of 4-3 DLs on the roster now. And with McCourty, the maturation of Butler/Chung/Wilhite, some consistency from Meriweather, another solid year from Bodden, our nickel/dime/quarters will be versatile and dangerous.

    I don't think anyone gives any credit to young players improving as a way to better your team. Seems like the common theme of the off-season is that if they had a bad year they must be replaced, but I still have not given up on someone like Wilhite.

    If you find a solid 5-tech who can stop the run (Wright/G. Warren/the dude from Carolina/Deadrick even?), and just one of the Woods/Crable/Cunningham/Ninkovich/Murrell group to make a jump as a starting quality OLB, I think we've got a pretty good defense that will be together for quite a few years.

    Even if it doesn't all come together this year, you're looking at adding another potential top 10 impact defender with the Raiders pick next year. That could be the thing that puts this defense back into the elite conversation. And that could even happen this year.
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    FG formation has a nice success %
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    The one where we send all 10 guys after the QB and leave Wilhite all alone.:D
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    The Pats can come up with as many schemes and sub packages as they want, but as long as opponents keep using a hurry up or no huddle offense it won't matter. The Pats need more 3 down players period.
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    I like that goal line formation, LOL, a 5 man line, not too shabby

    a team would be stupid to run, so i guess we can make them 1 dimensional
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    Great point.
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    When I clicked on this thread I was sure it was going to be about Offensive formations... and if no one beat me to it, I was going to suggest that if we still had Vrabel, we could have a totally righteous FOUR TE set!!
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    I agree. Lots of specialization on this defense. Good at one thing, but not all things. High hopes for Cunningham. They need a stout run defending OLB who can also rush the passer. Hopefully he's it.
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