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Should the Dolphins move to a 3-4 D?

Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by Galant, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. Galant

    Galant Love - Unity - Sacrifice - Eternity Staff Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    A few people are starting to discuss it and far more have often wanted the Dolphins to make that change.

    What do you think? And do the Dolphins have enough to make the switch right now or what do they lack?

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  2. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2015
    To be honest, I don't think the 3-4 vs 4-3 matters. What matters is the talent.

    I like the 4-3 personally because I feel the personnel is easier to acquire. However, a 3-4 with the right talent is just as good or better.
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  3. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 Senior Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    new york ciity
    I agree. Talent makes each. It doesn't really matter which we choose. If we go 3-4 we should draft DT Dexter Lawrence. He is an immovable NT. If we go 4-3 we should spend 3 out of four first picks on defensive line since having a defensive line that can get pressure without blitzing is key to it's success
  4. texanphinatic

    texanphinatic Senior Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin TX
    If we stay put at 13 and decline to pursue a rookie QB at that spot, it's a good draft for DL and LB talent. We could definitely make the switch if we wanted.

    I'd be curious to see what our new coach wants to do in the secondary though. Could we convert TJ or Reshad to LB? How do we get both of them AND Minkah on the field at the same time in positions that maximize their talents? Do we even want to keep all 3?
  5. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2015
    As much as it hurts...I'd think Jones days may be numbered here soon. Whether it be by trade, release, ect I don't see him here beyond maybe this year. Though I'm not sure on the cap hit we will take.

    Even if we were to play Fitz mostly in the nickel, Jones and TJ is just such a redundant safety combo and Jones is getting up there in age.

    Alternatively we could dump TJ and let Jones play his contract out but I can see him becoming unhappy if we don't win right away.
  6. Fame

    Fame Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    Vero Beach
    Why not? I mean, it hasn't worked the last 4-5 times we've switched between the two, but I'm sure it will work this time.
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  7. Tin Indian

    Tin Indian Rockin' The Bottom End

    Feb 10, 2010
    Palm Bay Florida
    Well we would definately need to grab a big Nose Tackle somewhere. we dont have that big run stuffer that you would need for it. I'm not sure that we have the best linebackers for it either although there is the possibility of moving Harris back to an outside linebacker spot. Seems to me Kiko struggled in a 3-4 as well.
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  8. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Coach is a bigger concern for me. We have had talent but piss poorncoaching which has cost us games. Good coaches can get more out of less but bad coaching drains motivation and hunger from the players
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  9. Not So Fast

    Not So Fast Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    Lake Worth, FL
    I don't feel strongly either way. Just leave it up to whoever is the DC or the HC if he has a defensive background
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  10. Surfs Up 99

    Surfs Up 99 Team Rosen

    May 5, 2016
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  11. AGuyNamedAlex

    AGuyNamedAlex Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2015
    Agreed that more than particular scheme the ability of the coach is important.
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  12. The_Dark_Knight

    The_Dark_Knight Defender of the Truth

    Nov 24, 2007
    Melbourne, FL
    In order for a 3-4 to be effective, you have to have a Paul Soliai at NT, a big strong and nimble take that commands double team and two great inside linebackers to fill the gaps.
  13. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    Sep 4, 2014
    The thinking that a defense should either be 4-3 or 3-4 really doesn't work anymore. Miami should get rid of the wide-9 scheme they used so often, however.

    The key in today's passing game is to have players that can switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 from game to game and even mid-game when the need arises. Most "base" NFL defenses are nickel because of the passing trends. 5 DB's and either a 3-3 or 4-2 front. Sure, certain goal line situations, for example, will dictate a classic 3-4 or 4-3 look, but for the most part a good defense needs to be able to play both on a whim. And most do so in a quasi fashion.

    I think the overall trend has seen NFL defenses stay in a nickel about 50-60% of the time. Around 25-30% in a true/quasi 3-4 or 4-3 and the rest in Dime, Big, goal line, etc...
  14. Dorfdad

    Dorfdad Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Ok find a fat guy :) should t be to hard

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