View Full Version : Cosellís Take: 3-4 and 4-3 concepts more about personnel than defensive fronts

03-14-2013, 12:14 PM
A lot of Houston football in this...

Cosell’s Take: 3-4 and 4-3 concepts more about personnel than defensive fronts (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/cosell-3-4-4-3-concepts-more-personnel-163318715--nfl.html;_ylt=Ai.cXYRQhPzqBk5oxu4Hku9YYsp_;_ylu=X3 oDMTE4NWRia245BG1pdANCbG9ncyBJbmRleARwb3MDMQRzZWMD TWVkaWFCbG9nSW5kZXg-;_ylg=X3oDMTFpMm9iMzh1BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANibG9nBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3)

The NFL draft is only six weeks away. It’s the time of year when we all discuss the top prospects, and how they best transition and project to the NFL. It’s particularly fascinating on the defensive side of the ball, where two seemingly competing philosophies, the 4-3 and the 3-4, often determine the value and utility of specific players.

There are many misconceptions about defensive fronts in the NFL, and those false impressions frequently arise from a very simple component. When most see 3 players with one hand on the ground, in three-point stances, and four players standing up, in two-point stances, they automatically assume it’s a 3-4 defense. It’s a logical conclusion, yet it’s not always the right one. In fact, more often than not in today’s NFL, it’s the wrong assumption. The number of players in two- and three-point stances is not the defining feature of defensive fronts.

What is the foundation of defensive fronts, you ask? Gap concepts. That’s the basis of all fronts...
It was in Houston that the 3-4 began its evolution, incorporating more of the “1-gap” concepts that expanded the thought process of defense and are now prevalent today. The Oilers’ defensive line coach was Wade Phillips; it was his first NFL job...
read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/cosell-3-4-4-3-concepts-more-personnel-163318715--nfl.html;_ylt=Ai.cXYRQhPzqBk5oxu4Hku9YYsp_;_ylu=X3 oDMTE4NWRia245BG1pdANCbG9ncyBJbmRleARwb3MDMQRzZWMD TWVkaWFCbG9nSW5kZXg-;_ylg=X3oDMTFpMm9iMzh1BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRw c3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANibG9nBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3

Elvin Bethea was ahead of his time. (AP)

03-14-2013, 02:23 PM
The weakside defensive end/linebacker is the most critical player in the scheme.
Comprehensive article here, but this statement further makes the case about how terrific JJ Watt is and his season was since he doesn't even play the position that was the one and only one designed to be the premier pass-rush position in this scheme.

03-15-2013, 11:10 AM
I've been pointing to Cosell's video breakdowns (http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/multimedia/videos/Film_Room_Evaluating_The_OLine/4d40ddae-b34f-4bd0-b3a0-4203d9647e83?campaign=phi:fanshare:twitter) over a the Eagles site with our twitter account....dude does it the best.