The personnel required is much different when you want one or the other as your base set. We have the personnel for a base 4-3, which is why we are such. We run 3-4 looks situation depending, like I said earlier. This isn't something unique to the panthers, and it most certainly isn't because of a personnel issue. Being able to provide different looks up front make protections all the harder for the offensive line and this advantage provides mismatches for our pass rushers - a good thing.
When we want to stop the inside run - traps, draws, dives, or otherwise- we most certainly can and will align accordingly. Tampa got very little up the middle once we adjusted to the offense. Their only positive runs, excluding the first quarter, were to the outside, which was a containment issue rather than a DT/LB issue.
The only way that our LB's would be undersized would be if we were running a 3-4 the majority of the time, including obvious running downs. Which we, most definitely, are not.
You would have a point if we werent giving up nearly140 yards a game. I dont argue with the idea of a 3-4 or 4-3. I don't really care which one or both we use. I am making an observation. What we are doing now whatever you wanna call it is not working well enough to be a top team. If we end the season around 110 or so yards allowed on the ground which would be mediocre I might be inclined to soften my stance because frankly I have nothing but respect for our LB core they are highly skilled, passionate football players. But averaging 140 yards is a lot. Period. Whether they got those yards in one quarter or 4. They are undersized for the scheme our team is employing to stop the run in whatever package you want to call it.
But I have to get up early. If this conversation is worth continuing to you at a later date then message me and I will gladly pick it up as soon as I can. I love talking football.