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Old 05-11-2004   #1
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Default 3-4 In Vogue

Not earth shattering, but a good off-season read.

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There are plenty of reasons to like the 3-4. An extra linebacker means an additional defender who is on his feet, with a clear line of vision. It also gives the defense more options for zone blitzing, with four wild-card rushers as opposed to three, and better ability to drop eight players in coverage against multi-receiver sets.

"With seven defenders (in coverage), the receivers will hit the seams too much," says coordinator Wade Phillips, a longtime proponent of the 3-4 who is installing it in San Diego. "You have to take that away, and obviously that's easier to do with a three-man line."

Perhaps more important, the league has an abundance of young, athletic pass rushers in the 230- to 260-pound range who excelled as standup ends in college.

"It's easier to find a 250-pound gifted athlete than a 350-pound gifted athlete," says Steelers coordinator **** LeBeau. "A guy who doesn't quite fit in the 4-3 might be at home in the 3-4."
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