Originally Posted by Fiddler
Technically, he's playing the 5 tech in a 4-3
Wade's 3-4 has often been called a hybrid. Our base package has 3 down linemen & 4 linebackers like a traditional 3-4. But a 3-4 is generally considered a 2 gap system. Their DE "responsibility" is to attack the 3 gap occupying both the tackle & the guard allowing the LBs to flow to the ball carrier. The 3-4 is designed to stop the run.
Other than the 3 down linemen 4 LBs, Wade's 3-4 has nothing in common with a traditional 3-4. He designs his system to penetrat the LOS & create havoc in the back field.
Our SAM lines up like a SAM in a traditional 4-3, Watt plays the 5 tech like a traditional strong side DE in a 4-3, Our NT shades the Center like a 4-3 NT, Antonio plays the 3 tech like a traditional 4-3 up-tackle.
The only difference between Wade's defensive front & a 4-3 is that the weakside DE also plays the 5 technique, lined up outside the weakside tackle instead of directly over (4 tech). This position is also played by a LB and not a DE, standing up more often than using a 3 point stance.
If you think of Watt as a 4-3 DE, his numbers are more in-line to the position. Still great numbers for a 4-3 DE.
But Watt is really playing 4-3 DE even though he's called a 3-4 DE.
Based on your description of Wade's system, which I agree with, Watt equates to a DT, not a DE.