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I think the best comparison would be Arizona. Although they are called a 3-4, you'll see them in just as many 4-3 situations with their linebackers & safeties moving all over the field before the snap. It's an organized chaos for the defense that throws off the blocking assignments. This could create gaps for the linebackers to blow up, thus increasing their effectiveness.
Also, I do expect to see some 3-4 this season. I don't expect it is going to be the primary defense because Leroy Hill is not a 3-4 OLB, and if they do convert I expect to see him traded and a 3-4 OLB drafted early on. Also, Mebane is not a NT and it would be completely counterproductive to put him there in a 3-4. It completely neutralizes his abilities. He's not a guy you stick in the middle and expect to stop the run, he's attacks the line and applies interior pressure. He's a 3-4 DE if they do switch. Tapp & Kerney aren't 3-4 DE or OLB, so switching over completely neutralizes your two of your better pass rushers (Tapp & Curry are the best on the team).
That alone is why I expect it to only be a situational package used to create confusion.
P.S. It's one in the morning so if my arguments don't make sense I'm sorry and i'll try to edit anything that needs it when i'm thinking clearly.
Have Tapp and Curry as the OLB. Possibly Kerney at OLB too but I'm not sure they have the D-Line depth. If Kerney is to play DE, it will be him and Redding as the DE and probably Mebane at NT. Mebane isn't that big but he is very stout at the point of attack and I think he could do a good job as a Nose. Or they could put Red at NT, Mebane to DE and Kerney to OLB. It should be interesting watch. I wonder how it will effect the direction they go in the draft. Not necessarily round 1 but everything after it.
I'm going to keep my Jake Locker to Seattle in 2011 campaign going till the polls close.
Whole-heartedly agree. I refuse to give up on Locker, plus I just really don't like any of the QB's in this class except for (and this may sound sacrilegious) Tim Tebow, but I wouldn't take him until the third or fourth round, so thats where I think the value of this class lies.
Tebow is the only one I see developing into anything and that's not because of where he is at right now, but what I see from him off the field in his work ethic & his willingness to take coaching to get better. That combined with the "it" factor that he clearly has more of than most QB's in football right now, is why I like him down the road as a QB.