Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Think about that.
He's already got one guy that he's going to have to make some changes to accommodate IF he goes with the defense that he's most comfortable with. Should we add another guy that doesn't fit his base scheme on top of it? Or is RAC going to go with a totally different scheme to incorporate both guys?
There are two basic types of coaches: those who build schemes based on their personnel and those who find personnel to fit what they like.
When Wade came in, there was a hullaballoo about switching from 4-3 to 3-4. But with Wade's 3-4, the 4-3 personnel we had were a pretty good fit. Now we're going from a 3-4 to a 3-4 but because of the change of concept, we don't have the right personnel.
So what is RAC going to do? He's let our penetrating NT's go and he looks to be replacing them with space-eater NTs. That looks like he's transitioning to his standard base instead of building a defense around our current personnel.
But we'll just have to wait and see.
As we discussed earlier in this thread, maybe just one position after QB has the equivalent value of a pass-rusher, and even better with JJ we've got "Mr Inside" while Clowney as an elite edge-rusher would give us "Mr Outside" and I would think any DC would pray for the opportunity to coach and manage that duo in his defense. But these DCs can mix-and-match, which is to say Crennel may have a 330 lb 2-gap guy over the center, and then another DLineman adjacent to the 2-gap NT like perhaps Watt "in the gap" (a 1-gapper), i.e., it's not all black and white.
But ultimately I see Clowney being used very much as Wade used Demarcus Ware in his 3-4 in Dallas,
and an even less athletic Mario succeeded in that scheme early on before his season-ending injury.