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4-3, 3-4: Which one is harder to beat?


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#1 Doughboy88

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

I am curious to see which base defense is overall harder to beat. Does practicing against your own 4-3 or 3-4 help better prepare you for the same style defense? Last year 13/32 teams had a base 3-4 defense, and 7 of those teams made the playoffs. I will be crunching the numbers later for 2012 and how they both styles impacted each team. We played 11 games facing a 4-3 and won 5 of them. Of the 3-4 teams, we won 2/5. Clearly this does not have any significant impact on the matter but maybe after all 32 teams are analyzed for 2012, there may be a trend. Maybe practicing against a 3-4 tends to lose more games against 4-3 teams and visa-versa. If there is a web site with this info already, please chime in!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

3-4 more versatile and can disguise defenses and blitzes better

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

it just depends on who is on the field.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

A well run 4-3 is just as successful as a well run 3-4. Each defense requires different styles and different type of personnel to successfully run and beat it. It's all about the personnel you have and the matchups you create.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:55 AM

Isn't it something like 9 of the last 13 team SB winners were 3-4s? The notable defense exception is the NY Giants and their tremendous Defensive Ends.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

A well run 4-3 is just as successful as a well run 3-4. Each defense requires different styles and different type of personnel to successfully run and beat it. It's all about the personnel you have and the matchups you create.

i would add to it how well the system is coached and run/executed.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:57 AM

easy, whoever has the better players and coaches

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:59 AM

Yes.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:00 AM

4-3 with players athletic enough to run 3-4 hybrid sets

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:06 AM

I'd imagine 4-3 is better against the run, while 3-4 would be better for timed-route, pocket passers.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:15 AM

34, just look how bad we've been when vs 34 D

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:32 AM

if one was better than the other, the other wouldn't be used....

it's all about the personal you have..and a mixture is always best. sometiems when defenses fail it isn't so much scheme as it is not having the right peices in places for said scheme and trying to make it work. if you don't have the personal any either scheme will fail

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

6 in one, half dozen in the other really.

Like any scheme it comes down to running it effectively and having the right players to make it work.

They've both been around for a while, both are responsible for some Lombardi's, so I don't think one is any better than the other.

My preference is the 43 because I think it's easier to get the personnel to use as a base and still throw in 43 looks.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:42 AM

Depends on the players.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:05 PM

in a different reality a 7-7 would be pretty fuging deadly.


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