Arguably the toughest defensive scheme ever, was damn near unstoppable in its day. I had a thought about it a while back and keep thinking about it, have even mentioned it in a few threads here. I think we are going to see a lot of 46 looks this season, let Chico's influence on the defense be felt throughout the league. Although there is not a lot of info out there,the more I research & the more I think about it, it just makes sense. I have avoided Wiki in my research for obvious reasons...
Basically, the 46 is a 4-3 base with 6 men on the line & 8 in the box. It is not 4 linemen & 6 LBs. It was named the 46 because Buddy Ryan, who conceived it, wouldnt/couldnt remember players names. 46 was Doug Plank's jersey number, Chicago's strong safety at the time. It centered around incredible pressure. It was send more men at the QB or RB than they could handle. The SS often moved up into the box, leaving just the 2 CBs & FS back in the secondary. While devastating in its day, it was soon figured out. Marino dink-n-dunked it, showed its weakness, and then the WCO dismantled it for years. It is still used occasionally, mostly by the Ryan brothers, obviously...
Im not saying we are going to use it as a base defense, but we are going to use it quite a bit. I believe we are going to attack Brees, Ryan & the rest of the opposition on our schedule. Here's a little about why..
-We already have 1 of the better DE tandems in the league, and we all know what the Kraken is shooting for.
-Our 1st & 2nd draft picks support this theory, more that both were used on the same position, fill a big need.
-Mike Mitchell & the possible Mikell signing also fall right in line with my theory. The Josh's & the kid from the Bears should do well enough to make our secondary at the very least decent, which is all thats needed.
-Ron Rivera was a 2nd year LB in 1985 under Buddy Ryan, he was there, he played in it, and he knows it.
-McDermott learned under Jim Johnson, while not B.Ryan, JJ knew & used plenty of pressure to get at the offense, a hybrid per haps..
Most descriptions of the 46 defense talk about pressure. For Ryan, it was more than that. He was sending six defenders on almost every play, except when he was sending seven or eight. The persona of the scheme and its parts was meant to be relentless, intimidating and destructive.
The 46 philosophy was designed around a simple concept: pressure wins games. By putting constant pressure at the line of scrimmage, the offense will not be able to run the ball and the QB will not have enough time to throw.
Theres more I read, but technically I am at work, so I must go do something productive... While I know some of you will flame away at this, Id like to hear some thoughts about something other than fluff, Theyre All Thugs or what hat somebody is wearing in the offseason....