With all of the talk about going to a 3-4 I have a question about when we go to the nickel defense. As we all know regardless of what our base is in today's NFL a lot of time is spent in nickel defense. In the past when we ran a 4-3 I think we usually pulled on of the LBs and basically ran a 4-2-5.
With a 3-4, who is coming off of the field?
Lets assume a front 7 of:
D-line - Short, Poe, Butler
OLBs- Irvin, Addison
ILBs- Kuechly, Thompson
Do we pull an ILB, and basically run a 3-3-5? or do we pull a D-lineman and run a 2-4-5? Seems like teams do both, https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1680308-the-nickel-front-breaking-down-the-modern-nfls-go-to-defense
If we pull an ILB I would assume it would be Thompson. Are we paying $9m for a situational player? I think Thompson has a ton of ability but seems like we are always struggling to get him on the field.