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

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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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Depends on the players.

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

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Honestly right now I feel the best type of defense is one that applies consistent pressure out of nickel sets. Many of the best teams at doing this are 3-4 defenses, if I were to guess it is because a 3-4 defense is already used to working with 3 down linemen.

The panthers don't really play a true 4-3 and many teams are looking to diversify and play a hybrid system.

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if you had the perfect type of player to play each position in either 3-4 or 4-3 im going to say 3-4 would be far more superior. in 4-3 you basically know whats coming at you. The disguise element with 3-4 with the perfect players can be pretty hard to read and beat

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I said it after the Blackburn signing, & been thinkin about it since. I think Rivera is going to throw some old 4-6 looks this season. Like the read option, if used at the right time, could give the opposition some fits. Cant wait to see Brees & Ryan all frustrated cause the pressure is too much.... Dont go changing the whole system, just throw it in a few times a game, 3rd down mostly...

Dont know which is better, dont even know which I prefer to watch. 3-4 is fun cause of the disguising, the element of surprise, if you will. The 4-3, is a bit easier because you know whos coming, but can you stop it? I just realized I prefer the 4-3...

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Its all about execution, and having the right players. doesn't matter which system, fundamentally.

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Personnel and Coaching is the biggest factor. You can quote number of teams that made the playoffs with a 3-4 but how many of those teams made it because of offense? Packers D sucks, New Englands D sucks, the Redskins were mediocre. I've always felt like the 3-4 was easy to run against and hard to pass against. Especially for non elite QBs. The 4-3 is the jack of all trades, master of none. But to be honest it's all about nickle these days. If you can cover the pass and play the run with 5 defensive backs then you can compete with anyone.

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I will say personnel coming from college fits the 3-4 better. Players are getting more athletic and taller/leaner. I would really like to see if someone could put together a massive line and run the ball on all these "little" fast guys.

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You can come up with great disguised blitzes in the 4-3. Watch the Jim Johnson defenses.

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Many defenses including the Baltimore Ravens' defense employ hybrid schemes so you really shouldn't get obsessed over what front we're running.

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Amoeba defense is best defense

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