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Switch to a 3-4?

Before anyone gives me "O"s, I'm not condoning the idea, I just wanted to show the possibility and hear some thoughts. Also, with the likely departure of Juan and done this offseason, the acquisition of a 3-4 DC could happen. Although I know that many of you would prefer Spags, Fisher, or Del Rio, who knows which of those three would even be available and no one can predict what the FO will do, especially after hiring Juan last year. One 3-4 DC I am interested in is Dean Pees the current linebackers coach for Baltimore and former DC for NE, when their defense was actually good. Below the Jump I'll explain how we could tailor the defense to be 3-4.

First, the Defensive line would have to be addressed. As much as I like Wash and the new Wide-9, he would have to be let go, because 3-4 linemens' jobs are to engage two offensive lineman at a time and hold their ground, the exact opposite of Wash's scheme.

Antonio Dixon, 6'3 322, This kid could be a NT anchoring the 3-4. He's big, strong, and decently athletic and did well in Segrest's scheme that asked him to occupy gaps.

Cullen Jenkins, 6'2 305, A veteran player who was a star on a 3-4 defense that one the SB last year. Could be a DE.

Trevor Laws, 6'1 304, another guy, like Jenkins, who is around 300 lbs but is also pretty athletic and a good pass rusher for a guy his size. Could be the other Starting DE with Jenkins.

Instead of Laws, the Team could also use Patterson, however I feel he's strictly a 4-3 DT. Also, the FO could opt to bring in a FA 3-4 DE, although as of right now there don't appear to be any goods ones available for next year. This leaves the draft as another option through which a 3-4 starting DE could be picked.

Now to the OLBs. Many 3-4 OLBs were previously very athletic 4-3 DE's, either in college or the NFL. Therefore, I feel that if the switch is made, the Eagles would have a Great duo of Trent Cole and Brandon Graham playing the OLBs. Trent Cole, 6'3 270, is a pass rushing monster as well as a great run stopper, I think he could become a D. Ware type of player as a 3-4 OLB. As for Graham, 6'2 268, many analysts projected him as the top 3-4 OLB because of his pass rushing skills. Although I know we have yet to see BG come all the back from his injury, his potential could make him a very good 3-4 OLB. I speficially, did not mention Jason Babin as a OLB because of his miserable bust playing the position in Houston.

For the ILBs I'd prefer to see the Eagles use an early draft pick or two on potential 3-4 ILBs. Some names you probably know; Luke Kuechly, Vontaze Burflict, Manti Teo, and Dont'a Hightower are all round 1-2 prospects. Even though only Dont'a Hightower played in a 3-4 defense in college, I believe any of these prospects could excel as an ILB in the 3-4. Aside from the draft, the team could also look at Jamar Cheney, he played alot better last year when the DTs were told to occupy blockers which freed him up more. In addition, while acknowledging Casey Matthews played like Shit at MLB this year, his biggest knock was that he couldnt get off blocks. Maybe in the 3-4, where he wouldn't have to deal with as many blockers, he'd be a much better player.

Since secondaries aren't vastly affected by whether the front seven is a 3-4 or 4-3, I wont touch on changes that would NEED to occur. However, I'd like to say that IMO Asante Samuel should be gone next year and we don't need to spend another high draft pick on a safety; we have 3 young guys who have all shown something, lets take a better look, especially at Jarrett, before we throw away a high 2nd.

Again, I am not advocating the change to a 3-4, I just wanted to explore the possibility with our personal and the upcoming draft, especially since there is bound to be adjustments made in the coaching staff this offseason. Also, although I've followed BGN for 2 years, this is my first post so don't be too harsh. Thanks.

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