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Packers could (repeat could) run 3-4 defense

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Pack93z, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Interesting concept that a few posters here had mentioned Pop' as a rush specialist.. yep it is slow in Packer news for sure..

    linky....

    The March 31st issue of the Sporting News talks about the possibility of the Green Bay Packers running a 3-4 defense.

    Please understand, nowhere does it say that the Packers would make the 3-4 their base defense.


    In fact, the article starts out generally praising the Packers for the free agent signing of linebacker Brandon Chillar. The Sporting News predicts that Chillar will beat out Poppinga for the starting strong side job.

    The article contines, "But that doesn't mean that Poppinga won't get on the field. On passing downs, the coaches might go to a 3-3 alignment with Poppinga as a roaming rusher or to a 3-4 with either Poppinga or A.J. Hawk blitzing."

    The author questions the ability of both Poppinga and Chillar to cover tight ends. That's something that Packer fans have been worried about for some time too.

    Is it just me, or didn't the Packers have the safeties lining up on the tight ends more often and doing a good job of it from about December onward?
     
  2. Zombieslayer

    Zombieslayer Cheesehead

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    Could? Sure.

    But we'll need a lot more depth at LB than we have now.
     
  3. bozz_2006

    bozz_2006 Cheesehead

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    my wife could also grow a set of balls.... probably not gonna happen. I HOPE!
     
  4. millertime

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    We have great QUALITY depth at LBer.

    Barnett
    Hawk
    Chillar
    Poppinga
    Hodge
    Bishop
    White


    The problem is that more 3-4's have over sized LB-DE's. KGB and Jason
    Hunter are both athletic enough to play LBer in the 3-4.


    Pickett is big enough to be a nose tackle and is already double teamed.

    Kampman and Jenkins are big enough to play DE in the 3-4 (both played some DT to start their careers.)

    Our Base 3-4

    Poppinga
    Kampman
    Barnett
    Pickett
    Hodge
    Jenkins
    Hawk


    Our Base 4-3

    Jenkins
    Chillar
    Harrell
    Barnett
    Pickett
    Hawk
    Kampman

    While we should use the 4-3 most, implementing some 3-4 fronts into our defensive scheme would only give the opposing offense more things to prepare for. We could also use some different guys to keep our D fresh.
     
  5. Tiger

    Tiger Cheesehead

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    Kampman wouldnt make a 3-4 DE i dont think. also hawk and chillar arent pass rushers.
     
  6. all about da packers

    all about da packers Cheesehead

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    I agree.

    I think the idea of having a 3-4 went down the tube with the trade of Williams.

    That said, I still think we'll see a few creative additions to this scheme, either by Moss/ or Sanders. I really liked the use of Kampman to press the TE at the LOS last year, it was creative and seemed somewhat effective.

    More stuff like that would be welcome.
     
  7. millertime

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    While Kampman isn't as "thick" as he was as a rookie, he's strong enough to play end.

    Chillar would be on the sidelines in our 3-4 with Poppinga in.

    Hawk is a better pass rusher than people think. GB just doesn't blitz him often because he's the best cover LBer in the league (one scout's opinion).
     
  8. Toronto_Cheesehead

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    I remember last year somebody (probably Kiper) saying Harrell could probably play the 5-technique at the next level. So if we used 3-4 fronts, then Kampman would probably get a down or two off and we'd go with Harrell-Pickett-Jenkins along the D-line.
     
  9. longtimefan

    longtimefan Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Someone else is going to get the tag..

    All you do is post articles, copy and paste strikes again!!
     
  10. Danreb

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    Part of what makes the Patriots a great team is that their defense always changes.

    If Green Bay has that kind of flexibility, go for it.
     
  11. NDPackerFan

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    LOL...this could be the funniest yet the weirdest post I've ever read on here.
     
  12. djcubez

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    Even if they don't run the 3-4 using Poppinga as a pass rusher sounds like a decent idea.
     
  13. Zombieslayer

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    Agreed. Take some snaps from Kampman. Kampy's one of my fave players, but he did look worn down by the end of the season. Maybe with a few less snaps, he'll get more effective.
     
  14. Tiger

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    thing is tho you'd need a stout run stopping DE for that but also with some pass rushing skills - Phillip Merling of Clemson perhaps
     
  15. bozz_2006

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    or.... Corey Williams.
     
  16. Greg C.

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    I'd like to see Sanders mix the defense up a little more, and the Chillar signing may allow him to do that. They won't actually go to a 3-4, but I like some of the possible variations that I'm reading about.
     
  17. Zombieslayer

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    I'm thinking of on obvious passing downs in certain situations. Imagine KGB on one side and Poppinga on the other. Yes, I know Kampy gets a lot of sacks. But as good as he is at sacking the QB, we can't play the guy 94% of snaps all year long again.
     
  18. djcubez

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    I was thinking more along the lines of the 3-3-5 formation that was proposed with a blitzing lb. While it's upsetting Williams is gone because he would've been a perfect NT I think someone else could fill up in there well with the DL depth we got.
     

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