What is most important in a 4-3 defense?

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What is the KEY position in a 4-3?

  1. DTs

    9 vote(s)
    64.3%
  2. DEs

    3 vote(s)
    21.4%
  3. MLB

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
  4. OLBS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. _MG_

    _MG_ Watching Folks Swim

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    I am converting my defense to a 4-3 this offseason and I am just interested in what you guys believe is the key to a strong 4-3 defense.

    Is it strong defensive tackles that can stop the run AND rush the passer (05 Tommie Harris)? Is it defensive ends like Julius Peppers who can get at the QB and still be viable against the run?

    Is it linebackers who can run a cover 2 like safeties (Brian Urlacher type) and can stick on running backs and tight ends like glue? Is it sure-handed OLBs who don't miss tackles (Lance Briggs)?

    I just named all Bears players. What a fucking homer I am.

    Anyway, what do you guys think is the key position of need in a 4-3 defense?
     
  2. _MG_

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    I voted for DTs, as I believe in order to run a successful 4-3 defense you need to a strong push in the middle by hybrid type DTs who can rush the passer and fill the gaps on run plays.
     
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  3. thebouncer24

    thebouncer24 Cheese Like MG

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    depends on if you're going to bring pressure from anything other than DLine. If you bring blitzes it takes a little importance off of the linemen and more on the LB'ers. If you want to create pressure from the down linemen then they become important. How you create that pressure (DT or DE) is up to you. If you have weak DT's hope you have good LB'ers to stop runs up the middle
     
  4. thebouncer24

    thebouncer24 Cheese Like MG

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    so i guess in the end i voted DT's just because I have seen my 2 beasts do work
     
  5. _MG_

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    Yeah I am looking to run a Chicago Bears-style Tampa 2 defense where I rely heavily on pass rush from my front 4. At least that is the plan, we will see what personnel are available in draft and free agency.
     
  6. thebouncer24

    thebouncer24 Cheese Like MG

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    yeah I still think DT's are important, but now you need some LB'ers that can get to the QB
     
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    in a tampa 2 you don't really use linebackers to blitz in most situations, they are more for tackling in the middle of the field and zone
     
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  8. KnightNoles

    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

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    1. DTs
    2. DEs
    3. MLB
     
  9. _MG_

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    too cool to vote in the poll?
     
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    KnightNoles Learn to Compete

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    Happy...?
     
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    YES I AM THANK YOU
     
  12. HAL9100

    HAL9100 TSO's Resident Antagonist

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    I voted DT but don't really value them anymore than DE. It's all about DL, imo. A successful 4-3 comes from having your front four control the offense's front 5. If you can do that consistently, then that puts the rest of your defense in position to make plays.
     
  13. Cimmy24

    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

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    Being a vet of the 4-3...and not a very good one...

    Everything matters. I'd say DTs slightly, BUT...

    Guys like to run to the outside. That is no secret. It is fairly easy to stop the middle run with decent DTs and solid usering as a MLB. What matters is keeping the contain too.

    So really, everything is important and I can't pick one position over the other.
     
  14. NeuroticTruth

    NeuroticTruth dont know , dont care

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    I'd so DE's, especially if you user a LB. You can make up for weak DTs yourself usering a LB. The biggest thing for me is making sure I can get some pressure with my DE's without having to bring extra guys (ala Cameron Jordan)
     
  15. biggcoug65

    biggcoug65 49er for Life

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    DT's like Ndamakong Suh will help. It is easy to run away from a DE, more difficult to run away from a DT who can scrape. I think of a 4-3 defense like I do a baseball defense, you want to be strong defensively up the middle
     
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  16. ChildPlease9

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    Like the 3 the Bengals have :)
     

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