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Old 11-24-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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I've tried to ask this in the draft thread not enough feedback, to anybody with knowledge on the 3-4, what is the difference between a 3-4 DE and NT All i've ever known was was that it seemed like a NT was bigger better DE maybe the DE's need to be a little smaller with slightly more speed? and If this is the case can Feilds ever be an effective DE in our 3-4? Thanks
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Old 11-24-2009, 04:04 PM   #2
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Fields is effective, but he needs to play in rotation. Teams have been trying to keep us from rotating with success. Baker's development will help us out.

Missing McBean hurt us. Ayers was held out, so I'm still trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.

We know that DJ Williams is responsible for several long runs, and multiple misreads per game.

Peterson is nice in rotation. Davis may be our most consistent front 7 player, oddly.

Dumervil has gone AWOL the past several games.

Our blitzing schemes seemed to have gotten much more conservative.


There are a lot of things going on beyond just Fields.

But, to the question... yes, a 3-4 linemen is bigger, and usually asked to occupy space and blockers more than penetrating, though not always. It depends on the scheme and the situation.
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The difference between 3-4 DEs and NTs is mostly body types, and the skillset that comes with being built as such. A prototype 3-4 DE is a guy like Ty Warren or Richard Seymour, big enough to battle with big OTs, but strong enough to hold their ground. The prototype NT is Vince Wilfork or Casey Hampton. A bit shorter (6'-1" or 6'-2") and as heavy as possible without sacrificing conditioning. Long arms are also a big plus.

edit: Oh yeah, to answer your question, I think generally Fields would be considered too short to be a DE. He's doing fine on the Nose though.

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Old 11-24-2009, 04:22 PM   #4
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This is good article that explains the role of NT.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m...g=content;col1

Yes Fields can play DE, he played some in SF, but he better as NT where he can occupy the guard and center.
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A good 3-4 DE should be no less than 6'3 and weigh no less than 295 lbs, optimal is probably 6'5 and 310 lbs with long arms. A 30 DE has to be quick to get pressure and have very good arm work since he has to be able to fight through the block and maintain gap integrity as well as putting pressure on the pocket to keep the OT occupied.

A NT can be shorter but doesn't have to be since he never has to face the tackle - tackles typically are taller and have longer arms than interior linemen. The NT has to play with great leverage so he never gets moved out of his position and has to be able to consistently control an offensive lineman in 1 on 1. The NG doesn't have to be particularly fast and isn't required to be that quick but has to explosive and very very strong - optimally he should be the strongest guy on the team.

Right now the biggest problem I see in our defense is the lack of complementary pass rush across from Dumervil as well the lack of a standout DE. Rotation is good, but we need the kind of DL player who can consistently warrant double teams or create problems in single blocking. In plain english it means you almost always see Dumervil matched up directly on the tackle which is not a good matchup, you would like to see the DE be able to take the tackle away and give Dumervil a RB or TE instead which is a matchup he will win very often.

I have noticed that in the last 3 games especially Nolan has looked like the Nolan they had in San Fran, very conservative in blitzing and playing a lot of very cautious coverage schemes. It didn't work for him in San Fran, it didn't work for Slowick here and it should be something Mcdaniels gets rid of very soon. We had success being aggressive and pursuing hard and leaving our DBs in a lot of man coverage, in the soft zone we have played lately we are getting picked apart.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:06 PM   #6
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good info, my info is purely for the draft i'm kind of a junkie there... thanks for the help guys

I don't beleive a complimentary pass rush is a priority right now with Ayers a rookie playing a new position, DE, NT are keys for us next year, we did do a good one year turn-around there but now we need to do a good a good two year turn-around there
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The teams that have done well against us have taken advantage of the lack of talent we have on the dline. We have guys that are either good at getting to the QB or playing the run, but not both.

So they have been running in passing down and distances and vice versa to take advantage of our rotation that cannot do both things well at the same time. The book is out on us and I am not sure what Nolan can do to fix it. He could probably get back to the aggressive defense we had earlier in the season or start mixing up our rotation to keep the opposing offense on their toes. But I am always surprised at how reluctant coaches are to change things up.
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good info, my info is purely for the draft i'm kind of a junkie there... thanks for the help guys

I don't beleive a complimentary pass rush is a priority right now with Ayers a rookie playing a new position, DE, NT are keys for us next year, we did do a good one year turn-around there but now we need to do a good a good two year turn-around there
I would like to see us make a play for Cody, he is a monster and has all the tools to be a NG, they are rare.

At DE I like Corey Wootton and Vince Oghobaase and Corey Peters out of Kentucky. Dunlap from Florida and whats his face from Oklahoma would both be interesting in the first round if they come out, and Granger is interesting depending how his injury affects his draft prep.
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The difference is what role they play in the front. DE's have to be more agile than NT's in a 3-4. They play different gaps and have to play in space better, while NT's have to be able to handle constant Double teams and playing in the middle of things. They read different keys and they have to execute much different techniques to get their jobs done.

Overall, the difference is very significant. Even playing 4-3 NT is different than playing 3-4 NT. The 3-4 DE's are really a cross between a 3 technique DT and a strongside DE in a 4-3 skill wise. Sometimes they play like a DT and sometimes they play like a 4-3 DE.

Hope that helps. Its simple, but if you want more detail I have to have more time.
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what do you think is our greatest need on the dline?
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The difference is what role they play in the front. DE's have to be more agile than NT's in a 3-4. They play different gaps and have to play in space better, while NT's have to be able to handle constant Double teams and playing in the middle of things. They read different keys and they have to execute much different techniques to get their jobs done.

Overall, the difference is very significant. Even playing 4-3 NT is different than playing 3-4 NT. The 3-4 DE's are really a cross between a 3 technique DT and a strongside DE in a 4-3 skill wise. Sometimes they play like a DT and sometimes they play like a 4-3 DE.

Hope that helps. Its simple, but if you want more detail I have to have more time.
I always understood gap responsibilities to be more important for a 3-4 DL over 4-3.

Don't the 3-4 DL need to be responsible for their gap 1st then penetration 2nd allowing the LB's to blitz and or clean up in run support?

The thing about watching the Orange Crush D in the late 70's was the great pressure that the DL was able to bring when they only rushed 3.

This years Bronco DLine was able to pressure while on their win streak before McBean went down, they were also able to string out wide run plays.

Now Peterson keeps getting pinched and caught in the wash on rushes and they are not able to get any pressure with front 3 or even with Davis shooting the A gap.
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Fields is effective, but he needs to play in rotation. Teams have been trying to keep us from rotating with success. Baker's development will help us out.

Missing McBean hurt us. Ayers was held out, so I'm still trying to figure out what he was doing wrong.

We know that DJ Williams is responsible for several long runs, and multiple misreads per game.

Peterson is nice in rotation. Davis may be our most consistent front 7 player, oddly.

Dumervil has gone AWOL the past several games.

Our blitzing schemes seemed to have gotten much more conservative.


There are a lot of things going on beyond just Fields.

But, to the question... yes, a 3-4 linemen is bigger, and usually asked to occupy space and blockers more than penetrating, though not always. It depends on the scheme and the situation.
DJ Williams looked so damn good those first 6 games . Now he looks beat the hell up he is behind on plays and that is never a good sign

On a couple plays Ayer got lost that last game I guess he was being told to put his nose in the play book.

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I think the need to bring in Larson some to spell DJ for 50 % of the time .for a couple games
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what do you think is our greatest need on the dline?
We need a NT and A MLB and a FS IMO . Why oh why did we not take Rey Maualuga instead of shrimp
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DJ should be traded for 3rd round draft pick .
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DJ should be traded for 3rd round draft pick .
I'd just like to see him coming out of the game more often on running downs... but then, you have to have someone to replace him.

I really don't know how well Larsen/Woodyard diagnose the run.

DJ's problem is figuring out where he's going, and dealing with blockers along the way.

His strength is chasing down ball-carriers in the open field, and he's solid in pass coverage.

But, when he blows a running play... he takes himself completely out of it. He can't get around blockers.

He's an issue. He's not THE issue, or the BIGGEST issue, but he's a problem against the run.
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I'd just like to see him coming out of the game more often on running downs... but then, you have to have someone to replace him.

I really don't know how well Larsen/Woodyard diagnose the run.

DJ's problem is figuring out where he's going, and dealing with blockers along the way.

His strength is chasing down ball-carriers in the open field, and he's solid in pass coverage.

But, when he blows a running play... he takes himself completely out of it. He can't get around blockers.

He's an issue. He's not THE issue, or the BIGGEST issue, but he's a problem against the run.
I understand you don't like DJ, but I'm just not seeing what you're seeing.
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I understand you don't like DJ, but I'm just not seeing what you're seeing.
Wrong. It's not that I "don't like him," it's that I think he has flaws in his game.
I like SOME of what he does. I love seeing him chase down ball-carriers to the sidelines. But, to play inside... you need to be able to do a lot more than that.

You just have to key in on him, particularly during running plays.

Two years ago, I was trying to figure out why our running game was so bad.
Obviously, we had problems on the line. But, in going back and watching Tivo over and over and just looking at the defense, it began to be obvious to me that DJ was having problems fending off blockers, and even figuring out where he's supposed to be.

Then, last year... the problem almost got worse. He's particularly bad when playing inside. You just have to watch him on running plays.... especially when they go bad. Just key in on him. You absolutely can't miss it. He guesses wrong on a regular basis, and if there's traffic.. he's SURE to get caught up in it.

He takes himself out of plays on a regular basis.

But, when he's not doing that... he's racking up tackles.... be it in the passing game or when he guesses correctly.

Again, you have to have someone better to put out there, and I'm quite sure McDaniels would if he could. But, we likely just don't.
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Our problem is our DLineman not keeping our backers clean. The Guards and FB's are getting to the 2nd level and blocking our LB's. It's just that simple... We don't have the talent up front to stop teams from doing it either.
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Fields has been good for us, but we need a number 2 to rotate with him. Baker seemed awesome in preseason, but is never active.
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I'd just like to see him coming out of the game more often on running downs... but then, you have to have someone to replace him.

I really don't know how well Larsen/Woodyard diagnose the run.

DJ's problem is figuring out where he's going, and dealing with blockers along the way.

His strength is chasing down ball-carriers in the open field, and he's solid in pass coverage.

But, when he blows a running play... he takes himself completely out of it. He can't get around blockers.

He's an issue. He's not THE issue, or the BIGGEST issue, but he's a problem against the run.
This is why I would run blitz more with DJ. Don't make him think too much, just tell him to go to the QB and he's athletic enough to get in there. But I still think with better DL getting the blockers off him will really help. But yeah, DJ is no Ray Lewis that's for sure.
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Wrong. It's not that I "don't like him," it's that I think he has flaws in his game.
I like SOME of what he does. I love seeing him chase down ball-carriers to the sidelines. But, to play inside... you need to be able to do a lot more than that.

You just have to key in on him, particularly during running plays.

Two years ago, I was trying to figure out why our running game was so bad.
Obviously, we had problems on the line. But, in going back and watching Tivo over and over and just looking at the defense, it began to be obvious to me that DJ was having problems fending off blockers, and even figuring out where he's supposed to be.

Then, last year... the problem almost got worse. He's particularly bad when playing inside. You just have to watch him on running plays.... especially when they go bad. Just key in on him. You absolutely can't miss it. He guesses wrong on a regular basis, and if there's traffic.. he's SURE to get caught up in it.

He takes himself out of plays on a regular basis.

But, when he's not doing that... he's racking up tackles.... be it in the passing game or when he guesses correctly.

Again, you have to have someone better to put out there, and I'm quite sure McDaniels would if he could. But, we likely just don't.
Wrong.
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You can watch the highlights of the long runs that the Chargers had against us. The LT run you can see DJ react and exploded threw the hole to get blown up by the full back. Still you can clearly see he knew what was going on. LT for 21. The Hester run was right up the middle and both Davis and DJ filled the gaps at the snap. The run looked to be on Davis side but its really hard to tell. Still McBath looked to be lost on that play. Hester for 15. On the Tolbert run DJ went towards LT. Davis got lost behind his man and a blocker and let the FB run down the field. Tolbert for 32. On the Tolbert TD run they went to Davis's side yet again. DJ covered the pitch man. On the LT TD run it did look like DJ was on that side and he was around LT after he scored so I guess it was his fault. I know its not tivo but you can watch the highlights right here.

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Dumervil is just doing what he does in the last half of the season. The guy just wears down in the 2nd half of the season.

I'm really disapointed with Ayers though. Even when we were winning the guy showed very little hustle, didn't chase down plays and gang tackle. His fist step was slow, and he showed very limited pass rush moves.
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On the R.Mendenhall run it looks like Woodward got out of position. DJ was on the line. The DE got up field, DJ then got blocked by a TE and a pulling guard. Woodward looked lost. On the second long run both DJ and Ayers could have played that much better. DJ being the vet the blame should be on him. The two Cartwright long runs DJ was being blocked down field by the O-line. Its always helpful to LBs in a 3-4 if they don't have guards blocking them down field. I know you will always hear Ray Lewis say the same thing.
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