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Who are some of the best 2-gap DE of all time?

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    This is a question for all you old school x's and o's junkies. Who are some of the best 2-gap 3-4 DE/DT's in the history of the game, who maybe never got enough credit because of the lack of "flashy" stats that come along with the job?
     
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    Aaron Smith from Pitt?? sorry but just dont know too many great 2gap DE's of all time...
     
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    wow, that is exactly what i was thinking.
     
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    Tony McGee and Julius Adams who played in the 70's for The Patriots were both outstanding.
     
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    and 2 gap means? LOL
     
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    As a Pats fan you should probably know. ;)

    Basically, it is when your defensive lineman is asked to defend 2 gaps (on both sides of the opposing Tackle) in a 3-4 alignment (3 down lineman, 4 linebackers).
     
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    i see, so one gap means only defending one side of the opposing lineman?

    so how can you be a 3 gap DE???
     
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    Sort of. 1-gap DLs "shoot the gap" and are more aggressive in getting into the backfield. 2-gap DLs sit back and occupy space (read: Wilfork). So, in other words, 1-gap DLs attack, while 2-gap DLs defend.

    You can't.
     
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    Dan hampton of the bears from the 80's. He bonus points for abstaining from the superbowl shuffle since he felt it was too ****y.
     
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    Hampton played in a 4-3 though. He would have been ideal for it. And, was a great player. I thought Bears D was more get up-field than read/react. Leonard Marshall - NYG was a helluva 3-4 end. Just ask Joe Montana. I would probably go with Lyle Alzado though. Of course, he was chemically enhanced.
     
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    Alzado is a good one. I didn't even think about him. Lyle was probably crazy (and Juiced up) enough to handle 3-gaps. :D

    How about Joe Klecko? Supposedly he was strong as an OX. He played all over the Dline too.
     
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    I think Klecko moved to NG when they went to the 3-4. Marty Lyons was a good 3-4 de for the Jesters though.
     
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    Ted Washington has come the closest until we have a 400 LB DL.
    Incidently OL Aaron Gibson formerly of the Cowboys ... 420 lbs.
     
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