Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My Look At Washington Redskins Defense, Possible 3-4

Looking at the depth chart for the Redskins defense, I see a glaring possibility of this team moving to a 3-4 Scheme. Greg Blache has used 3-4 schemes in the past (particularly with the Bears) but still remained faithful to a 4-3 and 46 Scheme. But the Redskins have weapons which would match with any 3-4 in the league, including the Steelers and Ravens (prior to this upcoming season).

We start at DE, and Andre Carter is a great pressure-guy, who is more powerful than he's given credit for. On the opposing side, you can shift between the veteran Philip Daniels, young Chris Wilson (who is also showing signs of taking to OLB), and then the young rookie Brian Orakpo. All of these guys are physical, the younger 2 of them also being a lot quicker than average DE's.

Then at DT - arguably one of the best in Albert Haynesworth. The guy is an animal, and if he plays to form, he'd be double or triple teamed constantly. Alongside him, Cornelius Griffin (known mainly for his ability as a run-stuffer), and the young, huge duo of Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery (both of these kids are bulls, and have a bit of speed for their size).

Then we move to OLB... and the glaring light there is Rocky McIntosh, who is silently building himself as one of the better OLB's in the NFC East, if not the league. On the other side, as I mentioned before, you throw Brian Orakpo out there, and hope he learns how to stop the run as well as he can rush the passer (and with OLB's leading in sacks in recent seasons, there's no reason to believe he won't shine just as well on physical skill alone).

At MLB, you have the games most underappreciated and overlooked in London Fletcher, who has logged more tackles in a span of years than any other player in the NFL, and rarely missing even a down. With him comes a guy who is a physical clone in youth to Fletcher, who has experience in the OLB position, but would definitely shine with Fletcher-esque stats in the middle, creating a duo of havoc.

At Corner.. Carlos Rogers has proved to be one of the better strap corners in the league, and has covered some of the leagues most diverse and talented receivers in his career (TO and Plaxico twice every year). Aside from his issues with catching the ball... Carlos may be in the top tier of corners in the league. Across from him, you can plug either DeAngelo Hall (who has proved he can play the zone coverage a lot of 3-4's apply), or Fred Smoot, who could be a #2 on many teams in the league. With the front 7 the Redskins have... these corners (and even young Kevin Barnes out of Maryland) could easily fill the role.

At Safety, we have a guy who fits into the Rodney Harrison, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed category by physical ability in LaRon Landry, and he's at FS, not SS. Kareem Moore could easily fill either position with his incredible speed, size, and hard hitting... but you still have Chris Horton who has proved he can ball-hawk, stuff the run, cover a receiver or TE, or even blitz the QB.

There's no telling if it'll even be hinted at this upcoming season, but this defense seems to have been built methodically in hopes of the transition, and may even be used to flirt with the 3-4 Chin... Bill Cowher, if Jim Zorn doesn't work out.

How do you feel about the chance of the Redskins transferring to a 3-4 scheme, and what do you think they'd need to overhaul or just slightly tweak?

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