Re: For the love of God... We NEED a space eating NT now more than ever!
The quote was about the standard 3-4 and Wade has already stated that he doesn't run the standard 3-4. He's already said in interviews that he's not asking his linemen to do the standard 3-4 stand-the-guy-up and hold-down-2-gap philosophy. He's already said that's why he was successful with Bruce Smith as a 3-4 DE and why he was successful with Jay Ratliff as an NT.
Therefore, the quote doesn't really matter. It's not about what our defense is supposed to be, what Wade has said our defense is going to be.
With that said, that doesn't mean that our NT is on the team, yet, and it doesn't mean that there aren't going to be major shakeups in our front 7. But Wade might well be looking for another Ed Jasper (6-2 293).