Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Wade doesn't run the "standard" 3-4 where the NT has 2-gap responsibility. That's why he was able to get away with smaller NT's like Jay Ratliff.
TPN, I have to agree with Lucky on this one. In a 3-4, even with a "smaller NT" all 3 of the linemen have to be able to "overpower" the opposing OL at one time or another. None of our present DL has shown that ability. Even Mario virtually always take the end around route, seeking the least amount of contact possible. As a DE, that will no longer be his main function. He has not shown us much with power up the middle moves, which he will need to be called to perform with the 3-4.