I just finished reading Rob Moseley's blog entry previewing the Duck's linebackers and had a thought: Could we see the Ducks Defense line up in a 3-4 for some situations?
I can't say that I remember a time in the not too distant past that we have ever seen that defensive formation, but I could be wrong. While I HIGHLY doubt that we will use the 3-4 exclusively this season, I think that it might be worth a shot at some point. This year's group is the most talented we have seen in a while and it seems that there is more than enough depth to make an impact. I think that speed would be the dominant force with the LB's and it might just be the thing that helps the defense succeed.
It almost seems like without getting all of the LB on the field it would be a gigantic waste of talent. I would love to see Casey Matthews, Spencer Paysinger, Bryson Littlejohn and Eddie Pleasant on the field at the same time. I can't imagine the amount of speed and run stopping available there with Will Tukuafu, Brandon Bair / Blake Ferras and Kenny Rowe up front and those LBs behind them. And, with the DBs the Ducks have, I love the way that the defense looks on paper. I LOVE the way that looks on paper. That looks like a great defense to me.
I am not a defensive guru by any means, but I know that Cal has had success with it in the past and had a lot of talent at LB to pull it off. I am not sure what the Ducks would gain by using this formation other than getting your best players in the game as much as possible. While I am not attempting to bash the D-Line and say that there is not any talent there, I was just thinking about much faster the defense would be if the Ducks used a 3-4. Good luck running on that squad.
I hope that someone can comment and maybe shed some light on why a 3-4 is good and if I am barking up the wrong tree with this notion. Does anyone else think this might be a good idea for the future?