Originally Posted by pricejj
Obviously, it's important to have a complete player who can do both. Dumervil, Demarcus Ware, James Harrison, Terrell Suggs, John Abraham, are all complete DE's (to name a few).
Offenses are starting to go no huddle more and more. Having versatile, complete players is by far more preferable.
Like Tom Brady said, after beating the Broncos in 2012, "They had a lot of light players in Nickel, so we ran on them. When they had their base defense in, we threw the ball".
Bellichick, though I hate him, has spent his last two top picks on players that are (theoretically) complete DE's.
If Quanterus Smith is in, I'm running straight at him. At least we have Shaun Phillips, now.
Most of those are 3-4 OLBs. The run responsibilities are quite different from a typical 4-3 DE. They are closer to the responsibilities Doom had playing 9 tech, though.
I really don't think we should be trying to emulate the 25th ranked defense, especially when they had trouble applying pressure all season.