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3-4 vs. 4-3 Linebackers

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  • 3-4 vs. 4-3 Linebackers

    Hey guys, I want to know if anyone has any input as to where I could find information in writing (by a credible source) about 3-4 linebacker and 4-3 linebackers.

    Also, I personally believe that its harder to evaluate 3-4 linebackers as opposed to 4-3, because they are asked to do more (especially at OLB). Any feelings or input on the difficulty level of evaluating linebackers for these different schemes?

    BTW this is for a project I'm doing. I know your guys are just as passionate as I am about football so any help would be greatly appreciated!


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    I'm not sure exactly what you are asking. However, the biggest difference in evaluating 3-4 linebackers to 43 backers is that, well, not many college teams run a 3-4 defense.

    Let's start with that. You are generally looking at college 4-3 defensive ends and projecting their move to a position most haven't played. So when you're watching film you're trying to watch their first step, change of direction, quickness off the ball, and, if you're lucky, you may see them dropping into coverage. But for the most part everything about coverage that you see is without pads in worksout.

    When you do get teams that run a 3-4 defense, you've got to identify if the backers are actually doing a good job or if the offensive tackles, or offense in general is a little slower in comprehending what they are seeing because they don't have a lot of experience seeing that.

    In the 4-3 defense, even in college. Most linebackers you can see drop in coverage, shed blockers, fill gaps and everything needed to evaluate them



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