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What's your interest level in the team shifting to the 3-4?

Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 9:04 am
For years and years, many posters pleaded for the return to the 3-4 defense. But I'm surprised I haven't seen more celebration on the site for its return.

The last time the Giants ran a 3-4 defense (1993), Dan Reeves was head coach. It's literally been a quarter of a century.

Psyched? Indifferent? Curious?
Nervous.  
smshmth8690 : 5/16/2018 9:07 am : link
It's been so long since the Giants have focussed on the LB position.
Indifferent  
dep026 : 5/16/2018 9:08 am : link
in today;s game, you will see a bunch of different schemes, zones, man, 4 man front, blitzes, fake blitzes, etc....

I think if you are just one dimensional, it hurts your chances of being successful. I think people are more excited for the type of football Bettcher brings in comparison to the Fewell/Spags eras.
according to the Giants media guide  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 9:09 am : link
the starting defense in 1993:

LE Keith Hamilton
NT Stacey Dillard
RE Mike Fox
LOLB Corey Miller
LILB Carlton Bailey
RILB Michael Brooks
ROLB Lawrence Taylor
LCB Mark Collins
RCB Perry Williams/Corey Raymond
SS Myron Guyton
FS Greg Jackson

That's how long it has been.
I wasn't thrilled moving to the 4-3  
JonC : 5/16/2018 9:10 am : link
but grew to enjoy defenses built around dominant DEs and edge pressure.
while they have some pieces for the 3-4  
GiantNatty : 5/16/2018 9:11 am : link
I couldn't care less what you call it, I just want it to be effective. I suspect they'll show a lot of different looks so you can call it whatever you want.

As has been the case for the last 5+ seasons, it really all comes down to the offense. Can they hold the ball? Score points? Get touchdowns in the red zone? Is Eli capable of running an efficient offense any more?

If the offense sucks again, the defense won't matter - very little chance this defense will be historically good to the point where it can carry the team.
Very excited.  
Miamijints : 5/16/2018 9:12 am : link
I believe our run defense this year will be VERY stout upfront. If Eli Apple is truly back onboard this scheme fits his strengths also. Only thing that has me nervous is will Bettcher be a one and done coach?
Souped and amped  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/16/2018 9:12 am : link
Need a more "modern" defense. Dumbass Reese drove me nuts with rehash hiring of 4-3 Spags, he was completely oblivious to teams flying up the draft board to take projects and tweener 4-3 DEs like Ansah and Dion James. Completely oblivious to the fact players like Strahan are freak unicorns.
Alignments mean nothing to me  
Greg from LI : 5/16/2018 9:15 am : link
Run a good defense, that's all I ask.
I think dep..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/16/2018 9:15 am : link
nailed it.

There's really no more strict 4-3 or 3-4 defenses anymore. It's all just a base package, but every year, a higher % of defensive snaps are being run out of hybrid formations.

I think the 3-4 might be a better use of our personnel, but what Bettcher has shown is he'll utilize a ton of different looks and personnel groupings.
Cannot wait  
Joey in VA : 5/16/2018 9:16 am : link
The 3-4 is more physical bludgeoning defense, which fits my personality.
I'm interested to see how this particular 3-4  
TheMick7 : 5/16/2018 9:16 am : link
is implemented. Coach B show a variety of formations out of it in Arizona so I assume we will see that & more here. Obviously his schemes will have to fit the personnel we have & he seems to be able to do that well! So overall I'd say I'm excited to see this Defense in action!
I'm most excited to see how  
giants#1 : 5/16/2018 9:17 am : link
Bettcher utilizes Collins. I think he can have a monster season.
Doesn't mean anything.  
Racer : 5/16/2018 9:18 am : link
Having the front office work with the D-coordinator to get him what he's asking for, stopping the run, and getting after the QB to close out games is what interests me.
RE: I think dep..  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 9:19 am : link
In comment 13965319 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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nailed it.

There's really no more strict 4-3 or 3-4 defenses anymore. It's all just a base package, but every year, a higher % of defensive snaps are being run out of hybrid formations.

I think the 3-4 might be a better use of our personnel, but what Bettcher has shown is he'll utilize a ton of different looks and personnel groupings.


I originally thought that too... and they certainly are not going to be an old-fashioned 2-gap defense. But drafting Lorenzo Carter, B.J. Hill, and R.J. McIntosh seems to clearly indicate that they intend to be in a 3-4 base more often than not. They have said the OLBs like Vernon, Martin, and Moss will be with the linebackers for two days of practice and then shift to defensive end for the third day (pass rush packages). So we'll see them with their hands in the ground at times too. But the personnel is rapidly shifting to more a 3-4 type of defense.
Thrilled about The Betch  
idiotsavant : 5/16/2018 9:19 am : link
But fairly certain it's only a nominal 3/4 or 4/3 and..that in general that we will see attacking and actual multiplicity which was only a catchword for so many coaches.

Since most of us are not all that familiar with The Betch it's just fun, will be, to watch it play out.
I will agree, however, that I'm surprised there isn't more cheering  
Greg from LI : 5/16/2018 9:20 am : link
...given how often over the past two decades the BBI peanut gallery has agitated for a return to the 3-4 for nostalgia reasons.
This and Barkley  
pjcas18 : 5/16/2018 9:21 am : link
are the most interesting story lines this summer for me.

I am old enough to remember LT, but how would those D's have been without LT because let's face it there is no one resembling LT on the Giants today.

Those teams had good DL's but their signature was the LB's.

Do the Giants have the LB's to run a 3-4? That concerns me more than the DL.

And balance that against the recent successes the Giants have had with the 4-3. Just ask Brady, he's spoken about it many times. that Giants D against the best offense in the history of the NFL (at the time, not sure if they still are) in SB XLII was as legendary as Belichick's D in SB XXV IMO.

That NASCAR package when you have three players the quality of Strahan, Tuck and Osi is fun to watch and must be horrifying to play against.

Anyway, I'm obviously interested in seeing how it plays out, I think it will come down to personnel more than scheme.

and how often will they even be in base D? Some teams play only around 25 - 30% in base D.
Matters little unless we can generate routine blitzing pressure  
Bob in Newburgh : 5/16/2018 9:22 am : link
I expect this group to be very hard to run on with any consistency.

Without consistent quick pressure I believe we will see easy completions against us and we will not get off the field. With starting DBs, unless you get early pressure, you are only as good as your weakest cover.
3-4 defenses seem to move to the ball quicker on running plays  
Ira : 5/16/2018 9:22 am : link
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I feel now a days ....  
Mike From Brielle : 5/16/2018 9:23 am : link
the label of 3/4 or 4/3 is not as relevant as it used to be. I believe most teams have labels on their defense but often depending on the situation and personnel package on the field the opposite label would be more applicable.
Greg..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/16/2018 9:24 am : link
and it was strictly out of nostalgia:

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I will agree, however, that I'm surprised there isn't more cheering
Greg from LI : 9:20 am : link : reply
...given how often over the past two decades the BBI peanut gallery has agitated for a return to the 3-4 for nostalgia reasons.


It always boggled my mind that each year people would call for a return to the 3-4 with the LB's we had on the roster.

Might as well have had an OL with an average weight of 230 pounds and have BBI'ers ask for a return to a power running game.
+1 what Eric said  
idiotsavant : 5/16/2018 9:26 am : link
But (Vernon, Martin and the heavy lbs) all that- plus interior gaps as well.

For random off topic example I think betch at times ran a 2 DT with one DT (not the 3/4 end) shade one side of the center and a safety in the gap ...or not....in the other side. Assume Vernon and Martin and those to similarly attack interior gaps maybe as often as they line up outside shoulder of an OT?
I love it  
Pep22 : 5/16/2018 9:27 am : link
the main reason is that it seems to me there are a lot of players that seem to slip thru the cracks because they are "tweeners" whether it be a 285 DE like RJ McIntosh or a jumbo sized LB like Lorenzo Carter

I feel like a 3-4 is more flexible for these hybrid types and it allows for adding more talent at a discount.
always said the same thing Fats  
Greg from LI : 5/16/2018 9:28 am : link
For years and years, people would lament how terrible the LBs were in one breath, and then in the next breath advocate putting more of them on the field. Insanity.
At times...  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 9:28 am : link
this is basically going to look like 5-man fronts with our OLBs walked up to the line outside the tackles. It's going to be different.
RE: At times...  
JonC : 5/16/2018 9:30 am : link
In comment 13965352 Eric from BBI said:
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this is basically going to look like 5-man fronts with our OLBs walked up to the line outside the tackles. It's going to be different.


That's where the scheme gets fun, especially with an instinctive, and mobile rover SS in Collins.
JonC  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 9:32 am : link
I'm hoping to see our three-man line being Tomlinson, Harrison, Hill. That's going to be really tough for anyone to move out.

Big question mark to me is can Olivier play OLB? He supposedly did this in Miami.
I think..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/16/2018 9:35 am : link
Vernon is going to have an excellent year. Being able to play OLB will allow him an extra step when rushing the passer, and his speed is his best attribute.
One thing not being mentioned  
dep026 : 5/16/2018 9:36 am : link
is how many times will they be in a 3-4 because of 3-4 WR sets. Its a passing league now. We are going to be in nickel/dime formations a lot as well.

I expect to see Collins all over the field. I dont think we will have 4 LBs on the field a lot. Unless we are counting Collins as a LB in the way he sets up.
I don't get excited about schemes  
Mike from Ohio : 5/16/2018 9:36 am : link
I get excited about players. When we had Strahan, Tuck and Osi it was easy to be excited about the 4-3 because it worked. In the 80s when we had LT, Banks, and Carson it was very easy to be excited about the 3-4. The players were good and were in the right scheme.

If the LBs play well everyone will be excited about the "return" of the 3-4. If they aren't up to it, nobody will see anything other than a bad defense.
I think  
pjcas18 : 5/16/2018 9:38 am : link
whatever they do with Vernon, they need to find a way to get him off the field a little bit.

He's averaged over 90% of all defensive snaps in his two seasons with the Giants. Seems like a lot for a DE/LB.
stats might be deceiving  
idiotsavant : 5/16/2018 9:39 am : link
If, for one example, a roster "olb" lines up outside shoulder of an OT, or in, near, an interior gap, some might count those both as 'blitz', since nominally they are lbs.

- whereas on those plays they may be functioning more like linesmen....or not:

The added heft of say, a Martin, that creates multiplicity in that if he goes into a gap next to (hill? Randomly or McIntosh) the DT has enough get off to rush pure and let Martin hit the guard for that one play...or more typically visa versa so the olb doesn't get worn down, but enough heft to cause dought in the guard as to who's coming through and who isn't.

Contrast that with Carter drops and Collins or Darian Thompson rushes, a true blitz, as neither of those players is a threat to obstruct or shove aside a guard.
pj..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 5/16/2018 9:41 am : link
that point flies under the radar. People have been very quick to judge that Vernon and JPP took plays off, but there were games where they played nearly every defensive snap.

They had to have been gassed at certain points.

I might be in the minority, but I've been very happy with Vernon's play. I've not seen him be a liability and he's shown he'll play through injuries. I think too many get caught up in his salary.
RE: I think  
Jay on the Island : 5/16/2018 9:41 am : link
In comment 13965367 pjcas18 said:
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whatever they do with Vernon, they need to find a way to get him off the field a little bit.

He's averaged over 90% of all defensive snaps in his two seasons with the Giants. Seems like a lot for a DE/LB.

I think that the team is setting up to have a healthy rotation along the DL this season. Tomlinson, Hill and possibly Francis can replace Snacks at NT to give him a breather.
Wonder how much  
bc4life : 5/16/2018 9:43 am : link
more wear and tear there will be on NT versus DT, having more double teams each game?

RE: the scheme - whatever works. Problem with 4-3, you really need 2-3 -DTs who can stop run and push pocket a little. Then you need 3 DEs who can generate significant pass rush. You need that extra guy at DT and DE to spell the others and they need to play at high enough a level so there is not a significant drop in performance. That's why Vernon & JPP had to play so many reps. That was why Philly played fairly well.
A little concerned  
old man : 5/16/2018 9:43 am : link
About how vets handle the conversion.
The drafteds were done so for the new D and come from those backgrounds so they will be sponges,but just novices.
People focus on the blitzing  
bc4life : 5/16/2018 9:44 am : link
The LBs will also have to be adept at coverage.
Thinks itís a mistake  
BillT : 5/16/2018 9:44 am : link
The 3-4 is a Ď90s, better angainst the run than the pass, defense that even Belichick has abandoned. Itís concentrated on LBs which in todayís NFL, where 60+% of the D is in nickel and dime packages, makes no sense to me. Youíre adding LBs to the roster while taking them off the field for DBs. On top of that wIth Tomlinson, Snacks and Vernon we had 3/4 of a great 4-3 DL. The Ogletree addition would have worked as well if he played a 4-3 WILL. Iím sure Iím not competent as an Xs and Os guy but Iím skeptical.
RE: JonC  
BIG FRED 1973 : 5/16/2018 9:44 am : link
In comment 13965358 Eric from BBI said:
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I'm hoping to see our three-man line being Tomlinson, Harrison, Hill. That's going to be really tough for anyone to move out.

Big question mark to me is can Olivier play OLB? He supposedly did this in Miami.
I was at temples coaching clinic in 2016 a few weeks after we signed Vernon and i spoke to Todd Bowles about Vernon and he said he is better as a 3-4 OLB than a D-end
I'm up for it and am siked......am just really worried about our CB's  
Andy in Boston : 5/16/2018 9:46 am : link
if we can't get pressure, we could be in real trouble and more so if Apple or Jenkins gets hurt.
I don't think this will be the standard 3-4 defense we were used to...  
Tom [Giants fan] : 5/16/2018 9:51 am : link
in the 80's and early 90's. This to me seems like it will be more of a hybrid 3-4. I am excited about it because I think it will be different snap to snap and will have offenses guessing what is coming from where.
More Curious Than Anything Else  
Trainmaster : 5/16/2018 9:51 am : link
As others have said, there are so many hybrid defenses that which defense is the base defense matters less than in the old days (it was great when Parcells/Belichick switched to a base 4-3 look in the playoffs against the 1990 Bears; it seemed to really throw Ditka off).

Hopefully the typically "beefier" 3-4 LBs will be able to cover today's multi-set, 3, 4 and 5 WRs offenses.
I like it  
AcesUp : 5/16/2018 9:53 am : link
I think it gives you the opportunity to find values in players through free agency and the draft that aren't otherwise there when running a traditional 4-3. Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter could pay huge dividends in this defense due to scheme and neither cost us a ton in resources.

Also, this roster was closer to having the personnel to make this move than most realized. It takes advantage of our best player in Snacks and it also puts our biggest money player in a position to succeed in Vernon. I did not like that we had so much money tied up on our DL yet could not get pressure with 4. Even prior to trading JPP, I felt the switch gave us a little more versatility to get another dynamic pass rusher in the mix that could attack the quarterback on a near every down basis.
Good defense is good defense...  
Klaatu : 5/16/2018 10:01 am : link
No matter how your front seven is constructed.
Interested in a defense that brings different looks all the time  
Jimmy Googs : 5/16/2018 10:02 am : link
and continues to pressure the Offense thru variation.

Not that everybody in the NFL has had the same challenges in Offensive Line play like the Giants, but clearly O-line play has deteriorated to some degree across the league. And with that, a defense that can cause some pause/confusion with how the Offense, particularly the O-line, wants to operate seems like a successful path...
BIG FRED 1973  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 5/16/2018 10:04 am : link
Interesting...thanks!
There are always more options  
Sy'56 : 5/16/2018 10:09 am : link
with the front seven in a 3-4...little more difficult for an offense to plan for. However the right kind of personnel is needed, there are more potential holes for the offense to exploit.

If the DC is smart enough and the key components are there, it is a positive move. I am confident one half of that is present. The personnel, there is a lot of wishful thinking in my opinion. The lack of edge presence, lack of a true FS, and durability questions with Goodson would have me worried. And we haven't mentioned the potential mess at CB.
it's interesting that many traditionally good D's have preferred it  
Eric on Li : 5/16/2018 10:11 am : link
Steelers, Pats, Ravens in particular. All of Wade Phillips defenses, Rex Ryan. Hard to say but anecdotally I'd guess it's just a little bit easier to find personnel that fit the front 7 roles of a 3-4 than it is to find the 2-way defensive ends that a 4-3 demands to get a great pass rush.

At the end of the day either scheme can work it's just how the coaches fit their scheme to the personnel and how good the personnel are in the first place. There's almost no such thing as tough defense in the NFL anymore but a team that has 4 pro bowl level players starting should be competitive (Snacks, Collins, Jenkins, Ogletree).
it'll  
dorgan : 5/16/2018 10:16 am : link
look like a 50 most of the time, but it will also look like a 4-3 some of the time.

I'll have to go watch a little Arizona film to refresh my memory on Bettcher's version of the 3-4 but from what I remember he dropped his ws OLB off the line often and slid his frontage over to resemble a 4 quite often.

to me  
djm : 5/16/2018 10:17 am : link
the switch to 3-4 was as big as the decision to hire Shurmur and the decision to draft Barkley over a QB. If not, bigger.

This is the NY Giants defense we are talking about. They have switched two times since I have been watching the games over a 35-40 year period. When the Giants switch defensive styles it's a big deal.
I am excited about the move  
Jay on the Island : 5/16/2018 10:21 am : link
While we will certainly still see 4 man fronts it will be a nice change to have a creative DC that confuses offenses. It is easier to find 3-4 OLB's than it is to find 4-3 DE's. It is difficult to find NT for the 3-4 but the Giants already have arguably the best one in football and Tomlinson could play there if needed.

When he was drafted I thought that Goodson would be a better fit as a 3-4 ILB due to his style of play. This team needs to add a talented ER next year but they could do fine with Vernon, Martin, Carter, and Moss.
It had been such a long time since we had even three NFL caliber LBs  
Marty in Albany : 5/16/2018 10:24 am : link
that I despaired of ever having four.

Maybe it is easier to find 3-4 style LBs. At least they won't have to cover Jason Witten anymore, so that's a plus regardless of what they do.
My only concern is  
Jay on the Island : 5/16/2018 10:27 am : link
that If Bettcher gets a HC job in a year the Giants will likely hire a DC that runs a 4-3.
I suspect most of the chants for switching to a 3-4 over the years  
Brown Recluse : 5/16/2018 10:27 am : link
had more to do with seeing a mediocre defense on the field and repeatedly failing at drafting LB's for most of the past 10 years or so. This team could not draft 4-3 linebackers worth a shit, and they always tried turning 3-4 LB's into 4-3 DE's and LB's. Switching to a 3-4 would have made finding them much easier.

The defense has been middle of the pack or worse for most of the past decade, and sometimes people just want to see change.

I just want to see a good defense on the field. I don't really care whether its a 4-3 or a 3-4.
I dont pretend I have enough football knowledge  
ron mexico : 5/16/2018 10:28 am : link
to intelligently comment on the pros/cons of such a change

Lack of LBs was never a good excuse for not playing a 3-4  
Ivan15 : 5/16/2018 10:28 am : link
As the Giants have shown, the annual turnover is large enough that it is easy to reload in 1 offseason.

It was probably more about the fact that there will never be another LT and that they could get guys like Strahan as dominant DEs.

If the Giants had not switched, JPP would still be here and the draft would have been about DBs and replacement LBs.
I would not say one is necessarily better then the other  
George from PA : 5/16/2018 10:30 am : link
The Giants have had success with both....the key is personal.

The 4-3 needs great DEs....not sure we have any right now.

The 3-4 needs great NT....which Snacks is one of the best!

So I am all for it
RE: I like it  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 5/16/2018 10:30 am : link
In comment 13965401 AcesUp said:
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I think it gives you the opportunity to find values in players through free agency and the draft that aren't otherwise there when running a traditional 4-3. Kareem Martin and Lorenzo Carter could pay huge dividends in this defense due to scheme and neither cost us a ton in resources.

Also, this roster was closer to having the personnel to make this move than most realized. It takes advantage of our best player in Snacks and it also puts our biggest money player in a position to succeed in Vernon. I did not like that we had so much money tied up on our DL yet could not get pressure with 4. Even prior to trading JPP, I felt the switch gave us a little more versatility to get another dynamic pass rusher in the mix that could attack the quarterback on a near every down basis.


I'm souped about Vernon too, I expect a great year from him. He was kind of miscast as a 4-3 DE, a more natural fit as a hybrid 3-4 leo-joker-predator.
worried  
giantfan2000 : 5/16/2018 10:30 am : link
I think the focus on shoring up OL has ignore the defense - which has ZERO depth
I also think JPP was team leader and still had some in his tank (despite hand injury he is only 29 years old!! )

I can easily see our Defense being team weakness

Always have been a big fan of the 3-4  
Beer Man : 5/16/2018 10:31 am : link
However, it requires that you have a very strong and athletic LB core, something JR didn't put a lot of focus on. I'm ok with the two middle guys. We will see if OV can play one OLB. Beyond that, not sure with current personnel where the pass rush will be coming from.
Any way to get our most  
GiantsRage2007 : 5/16/2018 10:32 am : link
Talented people on the field in any way to pressure the qb is ok in my book
Eric,  
ATL_Giants : 5/16/2018 10:37 am : link
I'm very interested. I like variety and will enjoy watching a new defensive strategy. I'm optimistic, but on a personal level Bettcher is still wait and see.
I m ready  
joeinpa : 5/16/2018 10:41 am : link
For some Giants defense again
I think the 3-4 is gonna be great  
Rjanyg : 5/16/2018 10:48 am : link
Harder to find top 4-3 DE's and the college game is running more 3-4 and has more undersized 4-3 DE's to possibly convert to OLB. Also, defending the RPO is much easier with 3-4 OLB.

I am pumped!
The success of Giants 80s 3-4 defense  
David B. : 5/16/2018 10:51 am : link
was somewhat predicated on having LT on that defense -- taking nothing away from those other great LBs -- but one of the reasons it was so effective and is remembered so fondly is that LT made it otherworldly. We won't have that this time around.

My feeling was that your best pass rushers should -- to a degree -- determine which kind of formation you use. Guys like Strahan, Osi, Tuck, and JPP may not have fit a 3-4.

We all kind of saw how you . . . negate, shall we say, a 4-3 pass rusher by making Kiwanuka into a 4-3 LB. He was an OK LB, but drafted as a pure, 4-3 pass rusher. It would have been interesting to see him play his whole career in that role, but the DL was loaded, the LBs weren't and they were trying to get him on the field.

As we all know by now, Betcher's D is a multi-look hybrid -- NOT a traditional 3-4. But one PLUS to running it is that the Giants will need better LBs than they've had in decades.

At this point, Vernon is the only proven pass rusher on the team. Betcher seems smart enough to exploit that. He AND JPP were not enough to get to QBs last year. In the 4-3 SB years, the Giants always had THREE pass rushers. Just two never gets it done, and now they're down to just Vernon and a bunch of unproven guys (unless Ogletree provides some). Hopefully some of them will emerge as legit pass rushers, because they're gonna need to generate a rush from somewhere. Will it come from the Edge LBs? Will one of the new DLs turn into a Leonard Marshall? Who knows?

I honestly don't care what formation they use as long as they stop the run and rush the passer.



Indifferent really. If it turns out we defend TE's better in the 3-4  
The_Boss : 5/16/2018 10:53 am : link
than the atrocity it's been over the last number of seasons in the 4-3, then it's a raging success. I just want to keep adding pieces which will result in some damn season to season consistency. Going from "good" to "top 10" to "historically bad" is a roller coaster I'm ready to get off from.
If I recall correctly the '90 D from SB 25 against the Bills  
Dr. D : 5/16/2018 10:57 am : link
Belichick played only 2 DL most of the game. It was a 2-4-5. I don't know if we currently have enough talent at DB for that right now (and maybe too much at DL to take them off the field), but maybe we'll eventually see a little of that?
I think there is more college talent available to play the 3-4  
Peter from NH (formerly CT) : 5/16/2018 11:01 am : link
that the 4-3. The just aren't that many DEs that can play the run and really rush the passer. 4-3 is really dependent on having 3 of those guys. I think the 3-4 allows you to take advantage of different player's skill sets that might not work in a 4-3.

Looking forward to it.
the 3-4  
PaulN : 5/16/2018 11:07 am : link
Is a better defense against the run for certain. It allows for you to put (3) 300 lb monsters on the line instead of (2), it also allows for more stunting, and more blitzing, unless you are a read and react guy like Rod Rust, it allows for a very aggressive defense.
I love the idea of the 34 and getting those OLBs, but  
Jim in Forest Hills : 5/16/2018 11:09 am : link
at this point I just want a good defense.
Interest level high  
Jay in Toronto : 5/16/2018 11:15 am : link
Based on the success the Badgers had in making that shift under Aranda and sustaining it with 2 subsequent DC's.
I personally don't care if it's a 4-3, a 3-4, or something else  
PatersonPlank : 5/16/2018 11:19 am : link
I only care about the DC putting our players in the spots that get us the best results. I hate when coaches come in and say we are running X, even though the world knows our players are better suited for Y.
I think it gives more options for opposing teams to take into account  
montanagiant : 5/16/2018 11:22 am : link
But the biggest thing is that the last 20 years of tape they have on our old Defense is worthless now.
Will a 3/4 improve our Pass D?  
ChicagoMarty : 5/16/2018 11:23 am : link
We were one of the worst Pass D in the league last year.

Anything that will improve this critical area will be welcome.

Good to see quicker more mobile lbs in there to address the short and intermediate zones.

Hard to see any improvement in the back of the secondary and with regard to secondary depth...
David B  
idiotsavant : 5/16/2018 11:24 am : link
Building on what dorgan said, it may often look like a 50.

So you can manufacture wide open pass run lanes.

It's not just the front 3 as you worry it may be. It's an insane blend.
Love it  
Steve in South Jersey : 5/16/2018 11:42 am : link
excited!
curious  
Les in TO : 5/16/2018 11:49 am : link
but not expecting instant results.
VERY interested.  
x meadowlander : 5/16/2018 11:56 am : link
Loved the versatility of the 3-4 - and raised on 70's-90's Giant football have very fond memories of the 3-4's the Giants ran with LT.

Giants don't have an LT though - I DO believe having 4 down linemen every play is a liability in todays pass happy league - 3-4 offers more creativity and flexibility - if healthy, Giants should be VERY effective in this alignment.

Hell, Snacks is 2 men on his own anyway.

RE: Good defense is good defense...  
blueblood : 5/16/2018 11:56 am : link
In comment 13965411 Klaatu said:
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No matter how your front seven is constructed.


Couldnt have said it better.

Bettcher from what I have read runs more of a one gap 3-4 defense which is not the 3-4 defense that most Giants fans know from the 80's and early 90's. Also from what I have read the Giants will play in a nickel defense 605-70% of the time..

So its not important to me whether they run a 4-3 or a 3-4. Good defense is good defense.

However moving JPP opened the door wide for them to move to a 3-4 defense. Vernon can and has played off the line in Miami so its not something he is unfamiliar with.

Bottom Line.. i dont care what they call it.. as long as its good.
Notice that Shurmur doesnít talk about a 3-man front. He refers to  
Ivan15 : 5/16/2018 12:03 pm : link
The alignments as 4-man front, or 5-Man front. That may be more indicative of how the defense will line up.
I'm indifferent until I see it in action  
Tim in Eternal Blue : 5/16/2018 12:04 pm : link
Unfortunately we don't have a "56", where teams have to know where that specific player is at all times. That's what really made our old 3-4 defense click. Multiple interviews have been given about how offenses had to "Taylor" their game plans around where. "56" was positioned on the field. We don't have a player like that.
Think about it like this  
idiotsavant : 5/16/2018 12:08 pm : link
You have 4 gaps plus 2 ends.

That's 6.

You have 5 defenders on the line or soon to be on the line. -Each- can at least occasionally smash face with a offensive linesman and defend that space. A few of your 5 could do that all game long, and defend both sides, i.e. two gaps... or all game long and just the one. But each of the five can do it to some degree.

Then. Each of your 5 can also jump gaps. Some more instantly than others, but, given a wide open gap all can do it, even big Harrison, and some can also create space for themselves as Harrison, Hill and Tomlinson should, others fly into it so quickly or use a blended technique maybe McIntosh. But given an unnacounted for spot all can do it.

Then, while doing that, all five are also able, to varying degrees, to get sideways and grab runners heading for gaps or ends -other than- the one that they just went through. Playing run on the way to the passer. All five but in various ways. So that should account for all six spots.


So it's infinitely variable.

Set plays. Known to all 11 defenders, so if weak spots are created in the line, on any given set plays, then those are accounted for by some of the other 6 players, in a scripted manner.

Then, obviously. Your remaining two lbs ought to have some PD chops and chase chops.
I'm excited about the D coordinator  
ZogZerg : 5/16/2018 12:12 pm : link
Looking forward to seeing the new D in action.
New D coordinator  
Pascal4554 : 5/16/2018 12:19 pm : link
is most exciting to me. Excited to change to the one gap 3-4 aggressive style Bettcher plays. Hoping this simplifies things for the defense and they can play fast. Also, excited because some posters have stated it is easier to find 3-4 guys in college then 4-3 defensive ends.
In the early 2000s very few teams ran the 3-4  
WillieYoung : 5/16/2018 1:04 pm : link
Not much competition for 3-4 linebackers and DEs. I've always thought that was one of the reasons Belichick's defenses were so successful. Not sure if that's still the case.
Excited to see this defense in general  
jfosterBigBlue : 5/16/2018 1:10 pm : link
Someone said to not expect this to be the 80s version of 3-4. From what we have heard about Bettcher so far, I think this will be a hybrid of many things, not just straight 3-4. I am very excited to see what this defense looks like and how it performs.
What's your interest level in the team shifting to the 3-4?  
M.S. : 5/16/2018 1:15 pm : link

Zero.

3-4
4-3
5-2
4-7

Doesn't matter.

Do the Giants have the talent to raise this defense to respectability in 2018?

That's all the matters.

But glad to see JPP gone. Really hard to root for a team when it's star defensive player is taking 50% of the plays off.

And last but not least... one mo' chance for Eli Apple. If he fucks up, put it on Jerry Reese's tombstone.
semantics  
2cents : 5/16/2018 3:15 pm : link
the way I look at it, they wont be in the base formation for much more then 50% of the snaps, so it doesn't matter to me what label we slap on this defense.

what I am most concerned/excited for in this scheme change is to see our guys being put in positions to succeed. we give snacks room in the middle to dominate as NT, give OV a little more flexibility to stand up, come off the edge and rush the passe. bring Landon down in the box and let him shoot gaps to make big plays.

the past few years it has felt like we have been forcing these guys to play into specific roles within the system rather play into their strengths, and it seems by labeling this a change to a 3-4 front may be a signal they are moving away from that.
Much more interested in the change  
arniefez : 5/16/2018 3:28 pm : link
from play the run first since 2004 to attack the QB. Excited for the change. Not expecting miracles or the 86 defense just some schemes from this century will be an upgrade.
RE: it'll  
Joey in VA : 5/16/2018 3:38 pm : link
In comment 13965431 dorgan said:
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look like a 50 most of the time, but it will also look like a 4-3 some of the time.

I'll have to go watch a little Arizona film to refresh my memory on Bettcher's version of the 3-4 but from what I remember he dropped his ws OLB off the line often and slid his frontage over to resemble a 4 quite often.
Ah the Base 50, my old favorite defense. I expect fire heavy calls.
I could care less as long as it works  
JOrthman : 5/16/2018 3:45 pm : link
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Looking Forward To It  
Percy : 5/16/2018 4:24 pm : link
We've not had the kind of dominant DEs or the LBs needed to make the 4-3 work -- and against the pass it hasn't. New look, new personnel, different capabilities suggest that the 3-4 could be a better fit.
RE: pj..  
Matt M. : 5/16/2018 4:42 pm : link
In comment 13965374 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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that point flies under the radar. People have been very quick to judge that Vernon and JPP took plays off, but there were games where they played nearly every defensive snap.

They had to have been gassed at certain points.

I might be in the minority, but I've been very happy with Vernon's play. I've not seen him be a liability and he's shown he'll play through injuries. I think too many get caught up in his salary.
I agree and he's also played the run very well on that edge.
I don't really care.  
Matt M. : 5/16/2018 4:47 pm : link
I was never upset we shifted to the 4-3 because we no longer had the NT or LBs to run a great 3-4. Plus, that was the way the league was moving. Now, I don't care what scheme we run again; I just want to see a better and more consistent D.
I've been pining away for a 3-4  
George : 5/16/2018 5:36 pm : link
for a long time. I like linebackers, and hated the way our 4-3 was designed to minimize their impact. So I'm psyched for the change.

The bad news: we don't have all the right pieces in place for it to work effectively yet. We need another OLB who can run the field, and until we see Lorenzo Carter in action it's hard to figure out who that will be.

The good news: lots of quality college programs use the 3-4, which means finding LBs and DLs accustomed to that system in the draft isn't that tough. I thought it was harder to find good 4-3 guys, actually.

I'm guessing we might have a really interesting and effective defense by 2020. But it'll take that long to get everything in place.
doesn't matter as long as they are good  
xtian : 5/16/2018 5:56 pm : link
the great giants and bears defense in mid-80s to early 90s were 3-4, but philly's was a 4-3. it's the players and the coaching, not the high-level scheme.
RE: doesn't matter as long as they are good  
Matt M. : 5/16/2018 6:15 pm : link
In comment 13966065 xtian said:
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the great giants and bears defense in mid-80s to early 90s were 3-4, but philly's was a 4-3. it's the players and the coaching, not the high-level scheme.
xtian - The Bears ran a 46 D, which is a type of 4-3.
The starters must stay healthy  
SGMen : 5/16/2018 6:31 pm : link
Our depth is abysmal.
...  
christian : 5/16/2018 6:41 pm : link
The base D does matter at the DE position. The gap responsibilities and edge responsibilities do change if there is a man lined up next to you. There's depth at nose tackle, but I'd expect growing pains at DE.
Personally, I like the  
chopperhatch : 5/16/2018 7:40 pm : link
shift to more 3-4 PERSONNEL as opposed to the 4-3 types. As dep and others alluded to, the base really doesn't matter as much any more. But I was reading something months ago about Belichick preferring the 3-4 mostly because it's cheaper and easier to find the players to find the players to fit that scheme and still be very effective. Top tier DEs and DTs are amongst the highest paid players on a football team. But hybrids who can play DE AND OLB are generally easier to find because they can't play DE in a 4-3 and they are generally less expensive (excluding Justin Houston and Von Miller...and our OWN Oliver Vernon, lol).
I think itís a good move.  
Pete in MD : 5/16/2018 7:49 pm : link
Iím no expert but in theory it puts one more dynamic player on the field more often.
RE: I would not say one is necessarily better then the other  
Danny80 : 5/16/2018 10:02 pm : link
In comment 13965459 George from PA said:
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The Giants have had success with both....the key is personal.

The 4-3 needs great DEs....not sure we have any right now.

The 3-4 needs great NT....which Snacks is one of the best!

So I am all for it


I am very happy, but don't think the 3-4 defense will take off until the Giants draft a top notch pass rushing OLB. I'm hoping Lorenzo Carter is that guy -- I was very happy with that pick. I'm not sure whether he'll be a true pass rushing specialist though.

But yeah, I think having a 3-4 brings more athleticism and versatility to the defense. I'd rather have a Von Miller than a J.J. Watt. Both elite defensive players and pass rushers, but I think the defensive coordinator can do more things with an OLB like Von Miller than they can do with J.J. Watt.
RE: Personally, I like the  
Danny80 : 5/16/2018 10:03 pm : link
In comment 13966112 chopperhatch said:
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shift to more 3-4 PERSONNEL as opposed to the 4-3 types. As dep and others alluded to, the base really doesn't matter as much any more. But I was reading something months ago about Belichick preferring the 3-4 mostly because it's cheaper and easier to find the players to find the players to fit that scheme and still be very effective. Top tier DEs and DTs are amongst the highest paid players on a football team. But hybrids who can play DE AND OLB are generally easier to find because they can't play DE in a 4-3 and they are generally less expensive (excluding Justin Houston and Von Miller...and our OWN Oliver Vernon, lol).


That too. Other teams' "tweeners" are a 3-4 team's gems.
this is not your daddy's 3-4  
Rafflee : 5/17/2018 6:24 am : link
Most of the emphasis is on the reality that more players need to be positionally flexible---more guys will be playing Standing Up. The "Naming Convention" of today's NFL Defenses has less importance.

3-4  
Dragon : 5/17/2018 7:37 am : link
Iím just really not sure they have the personnel or LBís to play a 3-4, your not expecting your defensive linemen to do much itís the LBís that do the tackling. How many good linebackers do we have on this team maybe one everybody else is learning a new system or is changing positions for the first time in the NFL to LB.
In the long run, I think there is personnel efficiency to have a 3-4  
Heisenberg : 5/17/2018 8:01 am : link
At least that's my hunch. I think there's more tweeners that fit a 3-4 than classic 4-3 DE difference makers.

I also think that those teams fare a little better in the short passing game than 4-3 teams do because, in theory, you have an additional mobile player that can play at least a little in that first ten yards of the LOS
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